The EdgarStat Blog explores issues in transfer pricing and application of the transactional net margin method (TNMM or CPM in the US) and other enterprise profit-based methods.
This litigation raised an oft-seen issue as to the correct definition of “sales” for transfer pricing approaches that rely on the Comparable Uncontrolled Transaction (Price) method.
Topics: Royalty Rates Intangibles Comparable Uncontrolled Transaction (Price) Method Portugal Royalty BaseRead more
On February 20, 2023 Ampol Limited settled its procurement hub transfer pricing dispute with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Procurement affiliates have been a point of emphasis for the ATO in recent years, and have been gaining the attention of other tax authorities, including the US IRS.
Topics: Australia Australian Tax Office Singapore TNMM/CPM Tax Controversy Procurement HubRead more
A 2008 restructuring transferred the European rights to the McDonald’s intangibles to McD Europe Franchising Sàrl, a Luxembourg-resident subsidiary with branches in both Switzerland and the U.S. While this migration of intangible assets created substantial controversy in Europe, the real transfer pricing concern would be an IRS issue and not an issue for the French Tax Authority (FTA) if the royalty rate remained at 5%.
Topics: Royalty Rates Intangibles Europe Best Method TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
The tax authorities in China and in South Korea have issued different safe harbors with respect to the interest rates on intercompany loans. Safe harbor rates are often in conflict with what would represent an arm’s length rate. Our discussion poses a hypothetical intercompany loan from a South Korean parent corporation to its Chinese manufacturing affiliate to highlight how the arm’s length interest rate depends on the contractual terms of the loans including date, term, and currency and the credit rating of the borrowing affiliate.
Topics: Credit Rating Interest Rates Intercompany Financing Arm's Length Interest RatesRead more
The Israel Tax Authority prevailed in Israel vs CA Software Israel Ltd (October 2022, Tel Aviv District Court, Case No 61226-06-17), which involved the valuation of transferred software. While the taxpayer’s experts tried to justify the lower valuation arguing that the economic useful life of the transferred intangibles was very short.
Topics: Discounted Cash Flow Intangibles Valuation of Intangibles Tax ControversyRead more
There are several approaches to accounting for ongoing marketing expenses necessary to maintain a brand in a discounted cash flow valuation.
Topics: Intangibles France Valuation of IntangiblesRead more
The Dutch tax authority prevailed in its challenge of several British American Tobacco intercompany financing transactions.
Topics: Intercompany Guarantee Fees Intercompany Loans Intercompany Financing Arm's Length Interest RatesRead more
Transfer pricing practitioners in the US as well as in other nations often face the dilemma that clients wish to establish intercompany management fees as a percentage of revenues while tax authorities may test the implied cost plus from any intercompany management policy.
Topics: Intercompany Services Management Fees CUP State Transfer Pricing TNMM/CPMRead more
Licensees bear significant commercial risk when they use valuable intangible assets owned by another entity. As such, any method that affords them with an expected return to its tangible assets that is only as high as the overall enterprise’s cost of capital is inconsistent with sound economics.
Topics: US Transfer Pricing Royalty Rates Intangibles Medtronic Section 482 TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
Harold McClure expounds on the issue of currency denomination in intercompany financing, addressing currency adjustments in longer-term fixed interest rates, past controversies, and regulatory guidance.
Topics: Financial Transactions OECD United Nations Adjustments Intercompany Financing Arm's Length Interest RatesRead more
This discussion presents a simplified illustration of the issues with respect to the unspecified method applied in Medtronic III in contrast to the IRS' extreme CPM approach and a traditional RPSM approach based on sound financial economics.
Topics: US Transfer Pricing Residual Profit Split Method Unspecified Method US Internal Revenue Service Intangibles Tax Policy Medtronic Section 482 TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
Italy’s Supreme Court remanded May 17, 2022 a case in which Regional Tax Commission of Lombardy challenged the transfer pricing between Promgas Spa and Gazprom Export, finding alleged deficiency in the tax authority’s application of the Transactional Net Margin Method (TNMM).
Topics: Resale Price Method Oil and Gas Transfer Pricing CUP TNMM/CPMRead more
A discussion of the possible issues in the recently settled transfer pricing dispute between Western Digital Corp. and the United States IRS.
Topics: Intangibles United States Transfer Pricing Asia-PacificRead more
Use of the CPM/TNMM to determine royalty rates for valuable intangibles in transfer pricing is incompatible with basic financial economics.
Topics: DEMPE Royalty Rates OECD Guidelines US Internal Revenue Service Intangibles Tax Policy TNMM/CPMRead more
There are often legitimate concerns with using book value versus market value of assets in applying a Return on Assets approach in transfer pricing. While employing a Return on Costs approach may be a reliable alternative, it must also account for comparability differences in asset intensity.
Topics: Return on Assets Contract Manufacturer Financial Economics Benchmarking Asset Intensity Adjustment CAPMRead more
To determine whether the usual financial ratios provide insights into what would represent an arm's length range, any analysis of controlled healthcare distributors must account for the underlying facts surrounding the functions and expenses occurred by the distribution affiliate.
Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry Benchmarking Resale Price Method TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
Interests fluctuate based on market conditions, and analysts must consider whether the market conditions surrounding their data are comparable to those of the tested intercompany transaction when benchmarking an arm's length interest rate in transfer pricing.
Topics: CUFT Interest Rates Intercompany FinancingRead more
Applied properly, the Comparable Profits Method (CPM) can be a useful approach for well-defined transfer pricing issues, such as the appropriate profitability of a sales affiliate. Unfortunately, CPM is often applied mechanically without regard for economic principles and functional comparability.
Topics: Benchmarking Profit Indicators Tax Policy State Transfer Pricing TNMM/CPMRead more
Brazil’s unique transfer pricing rules have allowed multinationals to shift income to tax havens in certain situations. We explore through the lens of the Macopolo case how Brazil could benefit from adoption of the arm's length standard.
Topics: Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Brazil OECD Guidelines Tax Policy TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
Harold McClure explores intercompany financing issues through the lens of a recent case before the EU General Court and an upcoming battle between Perrigo and the IRS.
Topics: Interest Rates United States Intercompany Financing EuropeRead more
International tax law firms are rightfully warning clients of audit risks with respect to intercompany financing in France. Taxpayers can mitigate risk by following new OECD guidance, providing sound economic analysis and avoiding overly aggressive positions on group vs. standalone credit ratings.
Topics: Interest Rates United States France Intercompany FinancingRead more
In February 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the Canadian Revenue Agency's (CRA) appeal in its case against uranium multinational Cameco Corporation. However, this only marked the end of Round 1, as the courts only ruled on 8 of 14 years under review.
Topics: Mining and Extractives Canadian Revenue Agency Profit Indicators TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
The Israel Tax Authority is questioning whether costs plus markup models Israeli R&D affiliates are at arm's length. This could present issues for multinationals that have not been giving proper consideration to cost base, asset intensity and ownership of valuable intangibles in their benchmarking.
Topics: DEMPE Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Benchmarking Intangibles Tax PolicyRead more
A recent article asserted that state tax authorities should use the Comparable Profits Method (CPM) with care in the evaluation of transfer pricing for tangible goods. However, some of the examples cited, including the recent Coca Cola case, in their piece are misplaced for reasons we will address.
Topics: Tax Policy State Transfer Pricing TNMM/CPM Tax ControversyRead more
Selecting alleged comparable companies with different functions than the tested party is known to open Pandora's Box in transfer pricing controversy, and is often exacerbated by a failure to adjust for material differences between the tested party and the selected comparables.
Topics: Comparability Limited Risk Distributor Profit Indicators Tax ControversyRead more
Changes to tax laws are often seen as the primary solution to curb profit shifting. However, proper application of the arm's length principle alongside BEPS CbCR disclosures already offer powerful tools in this endeavor.
Topics: Pharmaceutical Industry Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Tax Policy TNMM/CPMRead more
Comparability is a key issue in transfer pricing that is often not fully appreciated. However, comparability issues are hardly uncommon in transfer pricing controversies and can create a trickle-down effect that leads to major taxation issues.
Topics: Comparability Limited Risk Distributor Profit Indicators TNMM/CPMRead more