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Principles-based legislation is sometimes termed as an alternative regulatory instrument to counter both the complexity of detailed tax drafting and tax avoidance. However, it should not be seen as a magic formula but rather as a helpful addition to the legislature’s toolbox.
In this article we will elaborate on principles-based legislation, rule-based drafting, and two other drafting styles - legal fictions and standards. We investigate these three ‘friends’ as alternatives, or supplements, to precise rules from the perspective of (legal) principles as advocated by the legal philosopher Dworkin.
It will be argued that securing the integrity of tax law requires a balancing act between different legislative drafting styles such as fictions, standards and principles-based legislation.
|Title of host publication||Contemporary issues in tax research|
|Editors||Adrian Sawyer, Lynne Oats, David Massey|
|Place of Publication||Birmingham|
|Number of pages||42|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2021|
- Tax complexity
- Principles-based legislation
- tax avoidance,
- normative legal principles
- legal certainty
- legal equality
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Bekker, S., Bomer, A., Borghouts-van de Pas, I., De Pietro, C., Dusarduijn, S., Elsweier, F., Essers, P., Garcia Anton, R., Gribnau, H., Gubbels, N., Hoogeveen, M., Houwerzijl, M., Kaufmann, W., Kemmeren, E., Lafarre, A., Lejour, A., Li, J., Loth, M., Mc Cahery, J., Montebovi, S., Peters, C., Rombouts, B., Russo, R., Staats, G., Starink, B., Steegmans, M., Stevens, S., Stevens, T., Sumner, I., Tjong Tjin Tai, E., Tzankova, I., Verbruggen, P., Vermeulen, E., Westerhout, E., Weterings, W., Wibier, R., Xu, D., Zegveld, C., Zekić, N., van Gulijk, S., van Hout, D., van Hulten, M., van Kempen, T., van Kesteren, H., van Vijfeijken, I., van der Elst, C., van der Sangen, G., Öner, C., Kryla-Cudna, K., Mak, V. & Smit, D.
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