Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

Tax Executives Institute (TEI) has provided comments to the issuance of BEPS Action 12 Discussion Draft.

A link to TEI’s comments is provided for reference:

http://tei.org/Documents/TEI%20Comments%20BEPS%20Action%2012%20-%20Mandatory%20Disclosure%20-%20FINAL%20to%20OECD%2029%20April%202015.pdf

Key comments:

  • Multiple levels of disclosure options are provided, leading to inconsistency and complexity
  • Information provided is yet another compliance burden for MNE’s, with little cost/benefit to tax authorities
  • Concern about release of information to the public, especially prior to the time that full appeals are exhausted
  • Tax disclosure should only be required upon filing a tax return with a tax benefit from a reportable transaction
  • Limited rules re: who should report
  • Primary purpose or de minims filter process is not recommended
  • Reporting should be limited to new or innovative aggressive tax planning structures
  • Countries with criminal liability provisions should exclude reported transactions with self-incrimination protection
  • Penalty protection for reported transactions

TEI’s comments are well written, concise, practical and relevant.  Their comments should be carefully reviewed prior to implementation of additional disclosures re: BEPS Action 12 that may prove to have little benefit and significant complexity.

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