EY’s Global Tax Alert highlights the heightened uncertainty around the proposed Business Activity Tax (BAT) by the House and interested parties.
The BAT is a revenue raising proposal, thus the revenues from this plan would help to move a bill towards passage via the political complexities and processes required. It is very important to monitor, as the death of this proposal would mean deriving that lost revenue from another initiative (i.e. raising the tax rate, etc.).
OECD has issued its latest discussion draft on hard-to-value intangibles; comments are due by June 30, 2017.
OECD’s press release states: The Final Report on Actions 8-10 of the BEPS Action Plan (“Aligning Transfer Pricing Outcomes with Value Creation”) mandated the development of guidance on the implementation of the approach to pricing hard-to-value intangibles (“HTVI”) contained in Section D.4 of Chapter VI of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines.
This discussion draft, which does not yet represent a consensus position of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs or its subsidiary bodies, presents the principles that should underline the implementation of the approach to HTVI, provides examples illustrating the application of this approach, and addresses the interaction between the approach to HTVI and the mutual agreement procedure under an applicable treaty.
As intangibles are one of the most contested issues in transfer pricing, also fact specific with subjectivity, this discussion draft merits a review by all international tax practitioners to view the current thinking by the OECD, as well as a chance to provide comments in reaction.
EY’s Global Tax Alert and the Discussion Draft references are provided:
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has struck down the controversial “fairness tax” of Belgium, based upon violations of the Parent-Subsidiary Directive and the freedom of establishment.
Taxpayers who have paid this tax should file a claim for refund, and all taxpayers should be aware of any similar “fairness” provision that unfairly discriminates taxpayers based on enacted EU legislation.
EY’s Global Tax Alert provides additional details.
India has released its APA annual report, providing valuable insight into recently filed APAs and the process.
- Intragroup services by the Indian applicants have been the most covered international transactions in the bilateral APAs.
- The transaction net margin method has been used in 70% of the unilateral cases and 90% of the bilateral cases.
- India has concluded unilateral APAs in 29 months and bilateral APAs in 39 months.
As India is recognized as very creative and aggressive in its transfer pricing practices, this report should be reviewed to test whether an APA should be filed, as well as in other countries for additional certainty.
EY’s Global Tax Alert provides additional details, included for reference.
President Trump has announced his simplistic intentions re: tax reform, and the timing is critical although lacking in substantive detail.
Apart from a lower rate (still undecided what that will be), the notion of territoriality is reinforced, in addition to the one-time tax on foreign earnings. The one-time tax is an important part of any legislation, as it will be used to drive the necessary revenues, apart from other provisions, for ultimate passage.
Most importantly, there is a renewed effort by the legislators to undertake discussions with business leaders to better understand the complexity of new legislation and its overall impact on US and global trade. The proposed import / export actions have reinforced a necessity to understand the widespread impact on different industries and the future economic growth limitations.
Realizing there are many moving parts now on Capitol Hill, it is imperative to call attention to those actions that will impact, positively or negatively, a corporation’s future ability to drive economic growth and new jobs.