Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

EU TP Forum: Ready, set, go

The European Commission has formally established the EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum expert group, based on the press release of 26/01/2015.  The Forum will be composed of transfer pricing experts that will discuss TP problems, advise the Commission on TP issues and assist the Commission in finding practical solutions.

Members will consist of Member States’ tax administrations and 18 organisations, for which guidelines for application are also attached for reference.  The names of the organizations will be published.  Rules for observer status are also set forth.  The Commission will publish all relevant documents such as agendas, minutes and participants’ submissions.  The Decision is applicable until 31 March 2019.

The definition of organisations is stated as: “Companies, associations, NGO’s, trade unions, universities, research institutes, Union agencies, Union bodies and international organisations.”  Application are to be submitted by 25 February 2015.

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/company_tax/transfer_pricing/forum/decision_c(2015)247_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/company_tax/transfer_pricing/forum/call_applications_2015_en.pdf

Further work on the work of the Forum may be accessed at:

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/company_tax/transfer_pricing/forum/index_en.htm

This development should be closely followed, notably in the member selection, recommendations provided, and TP solutions proposed.

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