Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

The referenced link is an excellent article written by  Ksenija Cipek in collaboration with Dr Manuel Pereira in an effort to promote transfer pricing simplification. Ksenija Cipek is the Assistance Director General for Legislation and International Cooperation at Ministry of Finance, Tax Administration of Croatia.

https://www.world.tax/articles/the-impact-of-the-advance-transfer-pricing-agreements-on-voluntary-compliance.php

Excerpts from the article

From all of this and despite the outstanding disadvantages, we can conclude that the APA is one of the measures that is affecting the increase in the number of voluntary compliant taxpayers, since the APA provides legal certainty, no instruments of tax auditing are initiated, the possibility of double taxation is eliminated, the reputation of taxpayers is strengthening and, last but not the least, resources are being saved on both sides. Furthermore, by introducing the possibility of concluding an APA in the legal framework of a given state, opportunity and incentive are being given for taxpayers to be voluntarily compliant. In this course of action, it will be important to exchange information with other countries and international organizations, to educate employees, to understand business processes and business transactions and, generally, market conditions and trends in certain business sectors.

To this end result, it is necessary and timely to regulate specific rules for applying APA to SMEs. The rules must be simple, responsive and cost-effective in terms of the cost of human resources, material costs as well as time-consuming cost. In that sense, it is necessary to make use of all available and modern technologies, such as web services etc. Some countries already have a regulated legislative framework specifically for APA applications to SMEs. However, this should not be an exception, but a rule, precisely because of the economic importance of these entrepreneurs in the economic development of each state.

Particular attention should be given to the simplification of transfer pricing documentation, for justified reasons and in the sense that SMEs will, generally, not have a lot of different transactions.

In order to increase the impact on voluntary compliance by as many taxpayers possible, irrespective of their size, this issue is one of the most important issues that deserve a legitimate focused attention on its capable and expeditious solution.

 

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