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Which member of the BRICS has the most developed TP regime?

Brazil
1%
Russia
19%
India
20%
China
19%
South Africa
41%


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MAP and bilateral APA agreements with US signal breakthrough for India

Mutual agreement procedures (MAPs) and advance pricing agreements (APA) between India and the US hint at closer ties between the two nations and reinforce India’s desire to be seen as an investor friendly country. January 28, 2015

Indian government decides not to appeal Bombay High Court ruling in Vodafone case

The Indian government will not appeal the Bombay High Court (HC) ruling which concluded Vodafone was not accountable for a 3,200 crore ($525 million) tax demand. January 28, 2015


Analysing the Brazilian tax authorities’ approach to royalty payments

A series of articles which will address the issues taxpayers face with the Brazilian tax authorities when dealing with royalty payments. January 27, 2015

U-turn in CBSA’s stance on TP adjustments for customs purposes is welcome news for importers

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently changed its policy on transfer pricing adjustments for customs purposes. The new policy allows eligible importers to seek refunds of custom duties where transfer prices are adjusted downward. January 27, 2015


BEPS Action 10 feedback shows cost pool remains a contentious issue

Public comments on BEPS Action 10 welcome the OECD’s simplified approach to dealing with low value-adding intra-group services and generally support the proposed profit mark-up range. However, feedback has stressed the need for clarification over more valuable services and single cost pool allocation has been deemed impractical. January 26, 2015

Taxpayers on whether TP service providers are meeting industry needs

As transfer pricing (TP) becomes more demanding for multinational companies their need for TP service providers with industry experience increases. January 26, 2015


Why it is crucial the OECD’s work on dispute resolution succeeds in the eyes of business

The chairman of BIAC’s tax committee, Will Morris, made an address to the OECD’s consultation on dispute resolution last week and said success on the dispute resolution action item is crucial to the overall success of the BEPS project as a whole. January 26, 2015

Business speaks out on preventing treaty abuse

Businesses have made their feelings clear about the OECD’s work on preventing treaty abuse, which is a sub-section of the organisation’s work on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). January 26, 2015


BIAC's opening remarks at OECD's consultation on preventing artificial avoidance of PE

Will Morris, the chairman of the BIAC Tax Committee delivered his opening remarks to the OECD at the consultation on preventing the artificial avoidance of PE status this week. January 23, 2015

Mumbai ITAT sides with OECD on location savings in Watson Pharma case

The Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in Mumbai has ruled in favour of Watson Pharma Private, rejecting India’s views on location savings advantages in favour of the OECD perspective. January 22, 2015


Action 7 feedback downplays OECD’s progress and hints at unravelling of universal approach

Comments on Action 7 of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project show the draft has done little to clarify permanent establishment (PE) issues with many countries considering national measures to tackle profit shifting January 21, 2015

Taxpayers worried about UK’s DPT implementation and timeline

Following the UK’s announcement of the proposed Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) in December, there have been numerous doubts voiced regarding the policy drivers, mechanics and timing of the proposals. January 21, 2015


Growing fear over wider implications of EC investigations after Amazon Luxembourg deal deemed state aid

In a preliminary ruling, the European Commission (EC) has deemed tax deals between Luxembourg and Amazon as state aid. January 20, 2015

Drastic changes to South African TP regime needed to align country with OECD BEPS work

The Davis Tax Committee recently published recommendations for the OECD and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) regarding base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The committee’s comments highlight the lack of concrete and compulsory TP requirements in South Africa. January 19, 2015


Singapore updates its transfer pricing guidelines

The Singapore revised transfer pricing (TP) guidelines, published January 6 2015, require taxpayers to prepare and maintain contemporaneous TP documentation to support TP positions and have this in place by the time the company’s tax return is filed. January 19, 2015

India signs first ever bi-lateral APA with Japanese company

In December, India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed the first bi-lateral advance pricing agreement (APA) with a Japanese company. January 16, 2015


UK takes profit shifting into its own hands with DPT proposal

The UK government’s plans to introduce a Diverted Profits Tax (DPT), before the completion of the OECD’s work on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), could create uncertainty within the UK’s tax system despite being consistent with international efforts to tackle aggressive tax planning. January 14, 2015

New TP reforms in Ukraine likely to ramp up disputes and prolong audits

The Ukrainian Parliament has passed new transfer pricing provisions which will flesh out documentation requirements and extend audit periods. The legislation highlights the government’s desire to tighten transfer pricing control. January 14, 2015


China focuses on cross-border transactions in war on tax evasion

The Chinese State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has announced that general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) measures will take effect from February 1 2015. The move signals a crackdown on profit shifting, which could see cross-border transactions increasingly scrutinised. January 12, 2015

China’s APA stats show acceptance of different TP methods

China’s State Administration for Taxation (SAT) released its advance pricing agreement (APA) statistics for 2013 on December 5 2014. January 12, 2015


Lack of transfer pricing rules leads to questionable audits in Hong Kong

Despite a self-touted reputation as a leading global financial centre, Hong Kong’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has been criticised by tax practitioners for overly aggressive audits on asset managers. Hong Kong has limited transfer pricing legislation and often seeks to enforce arm’s-length pricing through practice notes and a network of tax treaties. January 08, 2015

McKesson saga continues with new filing by taxpayer

McKesson has filed a supplementary memorandum of fact and law after the Court of Appeal deemed its initial memorandum too lengthy. The controversial transfer pricing case, involving a trial judge’s recusal, appears unlikely to come to a conclusion anytime soon. January 08, 2015


Indian CBDT launches new dispute resolution framework to silence critics

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in India has introduced a new dispute resolution framework in an attempt to bring greater neutrality to tax dispute resolution and encourage multinationals to do more business in the country. January 07, 2015

The transfer pricing implications of the Italian regional tax on productive activities

The provincial tax court of Reggio Emilia has issued ruling No 510/03/14 relating to the Italian regional tax on productive activities (IRAP). January 06, 2015



Why alleviation of double taxation is not keeping pace with BEPS work

Taxpayers are becoming concerned the OECD’s aim to alleviate double taxation is being out-paced by the BEPS work. Isabel Verlinden, Patrick Boone, Gaby Bes, and David Swenson of PwC explain why this concern is justified. November 26, 2014

Consensus over definition of intangibles and location savings increasingly unlikely

Action 8 of the OECD’s BEPS project on the transfer pricing aspects of intangibles aims to achieve universal consensus over definition. However, this is beginning to look like an impossible task, with influential BRIC countries such as India, making their own interpretations. December 10, 2014

Asia transfer pricing special focus

Transfer pricing in Asia is a rapidly developing market for taxpayers, their advisers and the authorities. TPWeek held its third annual Global Transfer Pricing Forum in Singapore on December 2&3 with a record turn-out from delegates and featuring two keynote speeches from OECD officials. December 17, 2014

China’s APA stats show acceptance of different TP methods

China’s State Administration for Taxation (SAT) released its advance pricing agreement (APA) statistics for 2013 on December 5 2014. January 12, 2015

Taxpayers criticise Chinese regulations

China’s transfer pricing regulations, which were published on January 9, will affect how companies manage their tax affairs and add to their compliance costs, say tax directors February 11, 2020


Singapore updates its transfer pricing guidelines

The Singapore revised transfer pricing (TP) guidelines, published January 6 2015, require taxpayers to prepare and maintain contemporaneous TP documentation to support TP positions and have this in place by the time the company’s tax return is filed. January 19, 2015

New TP reforms in Ukraine likely to ramp up disputes and prolong audits

The Ukrainian Parliament has passed new transfer pricing provisions which will flesh out documentation requirements and extend audit periods. The legislation highlights the government’s desire to tighten transfer pricing control. January 14, 2015

China focuses on cross-border transactions in war on tax evasion

The Chinese State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has announced that general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) measures will take effect from February 1 2015. The move signals a crackdown on profit shifting, which could see cross-border transactions increasingly scrutinised. January 12, 2015

Lack of transfer pricing rules leads to questionable audits in Hong Kong

Despite a self-touted reputation as a leading global financial centre, Hong Kong’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has been criticised by tax practitioners for overly aggressive audits on asset managers. Hong Kong has limited transfer pricing legislation and often seeks to enforce arm’s-length pricing through practice notes and a network of tax treaties. January 08, 2015

The transfer pricing implications of the Italian regional tax on productive activities

The provincial tax court of Reggio Emilia has issued ruling No 510/03/14 relating to the Italian regional tax on productive activities (IRAP). January 06, 2015

Reduction in maximum income tax rate for inclusion in Brazil’s black and grey lists

The Brazilian Ministry of Finance has issued Portaria MF no. 488/2014, on December 1, which reduced the maximum income tax rate from 20% to 17% for the purposes of applying the concepts of tax havens and privileged tax regimes. December 08, 2014

Swedish Tax Agency reviews TP legislation and proposes changes

The Swedish Tax Agency has, on request by the Swedish Government (Ministry of Finance), evaluated the transfer pricing documentation rules’ functionality and proposed possible changes to simplify the application. December 08, 2014


The dangers of creating an accidental PE and how to avoid it

As companies’ employees become more globally mobile, there is an increasing risk that a permanent establishment (PE) may occur unintentionally, leaving taxpayers at risk of taxable income liabilities. November 28, 2014

Determining the transfer pricing policy for liquefied natural gas

Tamir Druz, a director at Capra Energy Group, discusses the best methods for determining an optimal transfer pricing policy for liquefied natural gas (LNG). September 01, 2014

Hong Kong signs first bilateral APA

Hong Kong has agreed its first bilateral advance pricing agreement (APA) since its scheme began in March 2012. EY, who facilitated the deal between Hong Kong and the Netherlands, explain how the process progressed with the authorities. July 10, 2014

Marzen Aluminum ruling based on structuring rather than pricing

The Tax Court of Canada has ruled that, while Marzen Artistic Aluminum provided sales and marketing staff to Starline International (SII) at an arm’s-length price, the documentation presented was insufficient. The ruling is significant because it is the first Canadian decision focusing on the structuring of transactions rather than the pricing. June 26, 2014

Netherlands reclaims Swiss company’s profits and applies penalties in transfer pricing case

The Dutch District Court of Zeeland/West-Brabant ruled, on January 17 2014, on a Swiss Captive Insurance company (without employees), taxing most of its profits back in the hands of a related Dutch taxpayer with 50% penalties. March 18, 2014

Intangible assets in the media and entertainment industries: In depth analysis

The US television production industry reported total revenue of $35.6 billion and a profit of $6.1 billion, or 17% of revenue in 2012. Mark Nehoray, Kristine Riisberg, and Anna Soubbotina take an industry focused look at dealing with intangibles. February 18, 2014

The transfer pricing considerations of Suzuki’s 100% subsidiary in India

Car manufacturer, Suzuki, has decided to set up a 100% subsidiary in Gujarat, India, in addition to its majority-owned listed-entity, Maruti Suzuki. Wider business decisions aside, there are transfer pricing implications, which must be considered by any multinational in this position. February 04, 2014

McKesson Canada: CRA wins in Tax Court but taxpayer files with Court of Appeal

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) saw pharmaceutical company McKesson’s arguments dismissed by the Tax Court in December 2013 but the company has now filed its arguments with the Federal Court of Appeal. January 24, 2014

How to organise your TP department to avoid dispute

Governments' hard-line approaches to companies' transfer pricing arrangements has resulted in a rise in transfer pricing cases being resolved in court, explains Fabrizio Lolliri, European director of transfer pricing for Hogan Lovells. January 21, 2014

The new cost of global compliance: Private company data for local comparables

All of us in the tax world know that transfer pricing has been a hot topic this year. Around the globe, tax authorities have become more aggressive, primarily to reduce government fiscal deficits. January 20, 2014


Ireland transfer pricing documentation guide

By Barbara Dooley and Gavan Ryle of PwC, Dublin. June 23, 2011

UN tax committee publishes draft transfer pricing manual

The UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will consider its draft Transfer Pricing Manual for Developing Countries at its eighth session in Geneva from October 15-19. October 03, 2012

Ecuador transfer pricing documentation guide

Alexis Carrera, of Ernst & Young in Quito, reports on the distinctive documentation rules in Ecuador March 23, 2011

Norway transfer pricing documentation guide

Hans-Martin Jørgensen and Michael Vorndran of Deloitte August 09, 2012

Austria transfer pricing documentation guide

By Andrea Lahodny and Gabriele Holzinger of Deloitte August 08, 2012

Canada transfer pricing documentation guide

Todd Miller and Michael Friedman of McMillan in Toronto, Canada explain the documentation rules in Canada and how recent treaty developments and court decision will affect taxpayers. April 20, 2010

Greece transfer pricing documentation guide

By Stefanos Mitsios of Ernst & Young August 08, 2012

Indonesian transfer pricing documentation guide

By Permana Adi Saputra of PB Taxand August 08, 2012

Malaysia transfer pricing documentation guide

By Bernice Tan of Taxand Malaysia August 08, 2012

Denmark transfer pricing documentation guide

Tim Holmes and Thomas Bjerre of Ernst & Young Copenhagen outline the approach to the transfer pricing documentation requirements in Denmark. August 03, 2012

Egypt – Transfer Pricing Documentation Requirements

Anthony Mahon and Andy El Zayaty of Deloitte provide a guide to the transfer pricing requirements in Egypt. December 15, 2010

US transfer pricing documentation guide

By Kathrine Kimball and Minjung Kim of Charles River Associates July 26, 2012

UK transfer pricing documentation guide

By Graham Head (Senior Manager) and Liz Hughes (Transfer Pricing Director), Grant Thornton UK July 24, 2012

South Korea transfer pricing documentation guide

By Taehyung Kim of Deloitte July 23, 2012


HMRC is exchanging unilateral APA information with treaty partners

HMRC is exchanging the terms of its unilateral advance pricing agreements (APA) with UK tax treaty partners. The measure is part of the revenue’s drive towards greater transparency and began this month. February 26, 2013


How to survive a transfer pricing audit in India

Hardev Singh and Saurabh Dhanuka, of KPMG, TP Week’s correspondent in India, give practical advice on dealing with India’s revenue authorities May 22, 2008

How to survive a transfer pricing audit in Malta

Mirko Rapa, of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Valetta, explains the environment for transfer pricing audits in Malta April 15, 2008

How to survive a transfer pricing audit in the Czech Republic

Jiri Teichmann and Libor Fryzek of Ernst & Young in Prague provide insight into the transfer pricing audit process April 07, 2008

How to survive a transfer pricing audit in China

Glenn DeSouza and Qian Min looks at the impact of April 2008 guidelines on the conduct of transfer pricing audit April 06, 2008

How to survive a transfer pricing audit in Poland

Mike Ahern and Piotr Wiewiorka, of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Warsaw, outlines the approach to transfer pricing audits in Poland March 14, 2008