New OECD Guidance on Hard-to-value Intangibles, Profit Split Method

On June 21, 2018, the OECD released two reports setting out key guidance on the application of the approach to hard-to-value intangibles, and on the application of the transactional profit split method, as part of its work on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project.Continue Reading

OECD Report Card on CbC Reporting Implementation Out

OECD Report Card on CbC Reporting Implementation Out

60 out of 90 countries have introduced tax legislation to implement country-by-country (CbC) reporting obligation for multinational enterprises (MNEs), in line with Action 13 of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, according to a May 24 OECD report.Continue Reading

Transfer Pricing: The Intangible Assets Case

Introduction

The transfer pricing of intangible properties has always been a significant issue for multinational enterprises (MNEs). The excellent idea devoted to this matter with the current drive of the OECD to counter tax base erosion is dim long over-due. Indeed, the case with transfer pricing is technically considered a neutral concept but erroneously taken as an offensive action of MNEs that permits them to transfer profits generated by intangibles to so-called tax havens. Although, the arm’s length principle enshrine in the OECD Model has been misidentified as the primary instrument to tackle such abusive behavior of MNEs.Continue Reading

CCCTB: The concept and the effects in Cyprus and Malta

Introduction

When states attain membership of the European Union (EU), the governments are in charge of enacting and implementing their local direct taxation policy. The tax framework of the member-states shall not contravene or interfere the laid down policies and directives of the EU institutions; therefore, the sovereignty of member states is extremely safeguarded. Although the EU faces difficulties to come up with results that would be generally accepted by all member states, it has taken every step to integrate all Member States’ corporate direct taxation systems since the 1950s.Continue Reading

India’s CbC Reporting Requirement Clarified

Maulik Doshi discusses CBDT's clarification issued in relation to the timeline for furnishing of Country-by-Country Report

By Maulik Doshi (Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing & International Tax, SKP Group) and Kamlesh Kaltari (Senior Manager, SKP Group)

As an active participant in the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, India has implemented nearly all the BEPS recommendations and has taken several steps to amend the country’s domestic tax laws appropriately. The Indian Finance Act, 2016 implemented BEPS Action Item 13 by introducing a three-tiered transfer pricing documentation structure and made it effective from the 2016-17 financial year.Continue Reading

Countries Agree to Reach Consensus on Digital Taxation by 2020

Countries Agree to Reach Consensus on Digital Taxation by 2020

The OECD on March 16 released its Interim Report on the Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation, noting a lack of consensus among countries on either the merit or the need for interim measures to address the tax challenges posed by the digital economy.Continue Reading