The State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has focused its risk determinations for outbound payments. Supplementing this focus, the State Tax Bureau of Zhejiang Province (Zhejiang STB) recently issued its Guideline for Administration of Tax Risks on Outbound Payments to Overseas Related Parties.
PwC’s Business Advisory provides details of this new focus on tax risk:
- Incentivized by BEPS Acton Plans, and local tax practices
- Six tests for profit shifting/base erosion:
- Value creation
- Required relevant information during record-filing for outbound payments
The timeliness of providing contemporaneous transfer pricing documentation, subjective tests for assessment of benefit / value for intercompany services, varying interpretations of internal guidance and lengthy appeal processes are becoming more common, evidenced by this recent focus by China and followed in many other jurisdictions.
The additional focus has introduced additional uncertainty, as well as less consistency, in jurisdictions around the world. However, the concept of simultaneous corresponding adjustments are generally not addressed in such initiatives, thereby increasing the level of double taxation for MNE’s.
A Best Practice approach will require additional resources focused upon such efforts, as the probability of double taxation increases exponentially.