Mutual Agreement Procedure

  • Mutual Agreement Procedure (‘MAP’) is a procedure set out in most treaties which permit designated Government representatives to work together to resolve international tax disputes including issues involving double taxation, questions regarding residential status, tax recovery etc.
  • MAP is used to eliminate double taxation that can arise from transfer pricing adjustments.
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Eligibility for MAP

  • MAP application can be filed by a person when he considers that he has not been taxed in accordance with the Treaty.
  • Even if such person has other remedies such as appeal process under the domestic laws, MAP can be initiated. MAP can be applied in the country in which he is a resident or a national.
  • This can be presented within three years from the date of receipt of notice of the action which gives rise to taxation not in accordance with convention.

Steps in MAP application

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MAP process in India

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Drawbacks of MAP

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