The South African Revenue Service (SARS) released its final notice re: requirements for filing the Country-by-Country (CbC) report, Master File and Local File, in alignment with OECD BEPS Action Item 13.
It is interesting that, pursuant to minimum thresholds, both a Master File and Local File are required to be filed, rather than only the Local File. This may become more of a norm, versus an exception, as the global transfer pricing and risk environment will need to be reviewed in alignment with local business operations. Hopefully, the review will encompass confidential limitations on the information received and will only encompass transfer pricing practices of the local operations rather than extend CbC presumptions or Master File analogies against the local data.
EY’s Global Tax Alert provides the relevant details of the SARS requirement.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has reported a new inbound service disclosure requirement due in mid-April 2016. Penalties are applicable for late filing.
In an ever-increasing tidal wave of transparency proposals, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a draft notice on Reportable Arrangements.
The proposals provides that a Reportable Arrangement must be reported to SARS with 45 business days if:
- A nonresident renders technical, managerial or consultancy services (non-defined terms) to a resident, and
- The nonresident, its employees, agents or representatives were or will be physically present in S. Africa in rendering such services, and
- The expenditure will exceed R10M (approx. $823k) in the aggregate.
Penalties for non-disclosure are applicable, and SARS may use this new mechanism to determine if the non-resident company is registered for income tax or VAT in S. Africa and if there is a permanent establishment (PE) for profit attribution.
This proposal is important to monitor, as it highlights different methodologies for determining what services are being provided by non-resident companies, and if such activities could be designated as a PE with some profits subject to tax.
The UK’s Diverted Profits Tax, Australia’s follow the leader implementation in its General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) and this disclosure present different processes that tax administrations are looking to capture additional taxes for fiscal growth, incentived by the OECD BEPS Guidelines and objectives, although such Guidelines are not yet finalized.
KPMG’s summary provides details for contemporaneous reporting (i.e. within 45 business days) of “reportable arrangements” that include acquiring a controlling interest in a company with loss attributes, hybrid debt/equity instruments, contributions to/beneficial interests in foreign trusts, and certain arrangements with foreign insurers.
The hybrid debt/equity arrangements are aimed at tackling BEPS substance vs. form transactions, although this unilateral guidance precedes final OECD guidelines and thereby represents an additional reporting requirement for such instruments, notwithstanding potential taxation of related dividends or denial of deductions for related interest.
The public notice also provides for “excluded arrangements” where the aggregate tax benefit does not exceed R5M, although the exclusion for transactions where a tax benefit was not the main, or one of the main, purposes of the arrangement appears to have been removed from this new legislation.
This new “contemporaneous” guidance provides a very small window for reporting “reportable arrangements” to the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Accordingly, a review of current and prospective arrangements in S. Africa should provide for timely reporting governance guidelines.