Course detail

International Tax Systems

FP-FmdsPAcad. year: 2020/2021

Tax Systems. International Taxation of Incomes. Harmonization of Tax Systems in the EU – area of direct taxes, area of indirect taxes, reflexion of EU legal regulations in Czech law. Optimization of the tax burden in the context of international taxation. International Tax Planning. Transfer pricing.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge: The student is able to describe current issues and problems connected to tax systems (their establishment, shaping, changes and factors that determine the tax system), they know the legal norms regulating the international taxation of income (the norms of international, EU and domestic law), they can describe the process of international tax planning and determine the tax liability of a tax resident of the Czech Republic with income from abroad and of a tax resident of the Czech Republic with income from sources on the territory of the Czech Republic as well as in more complicated cases (including completing the relevant tax return or report).

Skills: The student is able to comprehensively evaluate the current state and anticipated future developments in the tax field, apply legal norms regulating the international taxation of income, propose steps leading to international tax optimisation, identify risks in the international taxation of income and propose steps toward their elimination, determine the tax liability of tax residents of the Czech Republic receiving various categories of income from abroad, as well as the tax liabilities of tax non-residents of the Czech Republic receiving various categories of income from sources on the territory of the Czech Republic (including completing the relevant tax returns and/or reports).

Abilities: The student can independently solve tasks, the aim of which is international tax optimisation, comprehensively and convincingly convey information concerning the possibilities of international tax optimisation, possible risks and means of their elimination and objectively and rationally justify opinions with reference to the relevant legislation.


Basic knowledge of international taxation of income.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

NERUDOVÁ, Danuše. Harmonizace daňových systémů zemí Evropské unie. 3., přeprac. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2011, 319 s. ISBN 978-80-7357-695-0. (CS)
Helminem, M. EU Tax Law – Direct Taxation. IBFD : Amsterdam. 406 p. ISBN 978-90-8722-058-7. (EN)
Rylová, V. Mezinárodní dvojí zdanění. 3. vyd. Olomouc : ANAG, 2009. 423 s. ISBN 978-80-7263-511-5. (CS)
Výbor OECD pro fiskální záležitosti. Modelová smlouva o zamezení dvojího zdanění příjmů a majetku. Stručná verze. 1. vyd. Překlad Danuše Nerudová a Kristýna Šimáčková. Praha : Wolters Kluwer ČR, a. s. 431 s. ISBN 978-80-7357-480-2. (CS)
LANG, M. et al. (eds.) Introduction to European Tax Law on Direct Taxation. 2nd ed. Wien: Linde. 223 pgs. ISBN 978-3-7073-1764-0 (EN) (EN)
LANG, M. Introduction to the Law of Double Taxation Conventions. 1st ed. Wien : Linde, 2010. 222 pgs. ISBN 978-3-7073-1714-5 (EN) (EN)
SOJKA, Vlastimil. Mezinárodní zdanění příjmů: smlouvy o zamezení dvojího zdanění a zákon o daních z příjmů. 3., aktualiz. a dopl. vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2013, 355 s. ISBN 978-80-7478-035-6. (CS)
ŠIROKÝ, Jan. Daně v Evropské unii: daňové systémy všech 28 členských států EU, legislativní základy daňové harmonizace včetně judikátů SD, odraz ekonomické krize v daňové politice EU, zdanění finančního sektoru. 6., aktualiz. a přeprac. vyd. včetně CD. Praha: Linde Praha, 2013, 386 s. ISBN 978-80-7201-925-0 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The lectures are focused on the introduction of the subject matter as a whole (see the course curriculum). The seminars are focused on practical mastery of the subject presented in lectures with an emphasis on solving complex problems in the international taxation of income (including filling in of tax returns).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes


The course is completed with a credit and an exam.

The credit is conditioned by:
a) Active participation at the seminars.
b) Passing of two control credit tests (examples); it is necessary to gain at least 50 % in each credit test.
- 1st test: max. 15 points (70 minutes)
- 2nd test: max. 15 points (70 minutes)

The credit week is reserved for the term of remedial credit tests.

Examination (written) focused on demonstration of the theoretical knowledge gained (ten open questions – max. 40 points; 4 points per question). (75 minutes).

Final classification
The exam is classified according to the ECTS scale.
The final evaluation of the course is influenced by work during the semester (see below).
Maximum possible points in total: 70 points
- credit tests: max. 30 points
- exam test: max. 40 points.


Credit: elaboration of partial tasks presented in the e-learning and graduation of two control credit tests (on conditions as stated above).

Exam: on conditions as specified above.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Tax systems and their development - basic terms definitions; tax system determinants; current state and trends; tax systems benchmarking.
2. OECD project against BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) - Actions Plans and their impact on tax systems.
3. International Taxation of Incomes - introduction; legal regulation; double tax treaties; their classification, structure, goals, scope and interpretation.
4. Double Tax Treaty applicaiton (Art. 1 - 7 of the OECD Model Convention).
5. Double Tax Treaty application (rules for taxation of active and passive incomes).
6. Double Tax Treaty application - other provisions in DTT and their influence for tax issues (prohibition of discrimination, tax dispute resolution, most-favoured-clause treatment, mixed provisions).
7. EU Tax Law - introduction (primary law; determinants for EU tax law; goals of the EU and her tax policy; EU bodie and their roles for tax area).
8. EU Tax Law - direct taxes I.
9. EU Tax Law - direct taxes II.
10. EU Tax Law - indirect taxes I.
11. EU Tax Law - indirect taxes II.
12. Transfer Pricing - terminology; international, EU and domestic legal regulation.
13. Transfer Pricing - methods for setting a transfer price; selected case-law of Czech Courts related to transfer pricing.


The aim of the course is to make students familiar with current trends in the area of international tax systems. Emphasis will be placed on describing the situation in the European Union. As future tax experts, the students will be provided with an overview of the possibilities and difficulties in international tax planning and optimization.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is not compulsory. Attendance in seminars is compulsory and active participation on the part of the students is required. Excluding seminars set for the credit tests one absence of a student is tolerated.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MGR-UFRP Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme MGR Master's

    branch MGR-UFRP-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer