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Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (Apas)

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We found unilateral APAs successfully in inbound and Outbound transfer pricing scenarios. Although unilateral APAs are unilateral, in the event of double taxation of transactions covered by a unilateral APA, we will enter into negotiations with the relevant authority on the basis of the APA`s unilateral position. Unilateral APAs are particularly viable when small amounts are located and/or where most of the transfer pricing risk in New Zealand lies. A Pre-Pricing Agreement (APA) is an agreement between tax authorities and taxpayers on the future implementation of transfer pricing policies. An APA can be an effective measure to reduce transfer pricing risks for many tax payers, ensuring that the level of future profitability is accepted as appropriate by the tax authorities. The Indiana Revenue Department (IDOR) has been the leader in this area. In GJ 2019, Indiana expanded its newly formed transfer pricing team within its audit operations, continued to work «with a collaborative group of 13 countries to exchange transfer pricing information» and acquired the services of an experienced economist. [2] According to IDOR, the team`s work pays off[3] and now wants to increase its ability to earn additional transfer revenue through a new APP program. [4] Little is known about how IDOR intends to implement its APA program,[9] but a major problem is obvious: Indiana`s program provides only unilateral APAs.

Because of the strength of the international tax treaty, taxpayers often have the option of requesting bilateral or multilateral APAs for their international transactions, which is necessary to ensure true «security» for intercompany transactions in each relevant geography (both parts of the transaction) and avoid double taxation. [10] Such a bilateral or multilateral option does not exist at the national level. Without ensuring that other states (which also wish to expand their own tax bases through transfer pricing adjustments) will meet the results of transfer pricing agreed between one taxpayer and Indiana, taxpayers will not be sure that the results of their intercompany transactions will not be audited, adjusted and doubly taxed by other states. [11] National legislation authorizes the issuance of a unilateral APA in the form of a binding decision and the bilateral/multilateral APP can be concluded in accordance with New Zealand`s double taxation conventions. We have gradually developed this activity as the ultimate solution for complex cases with difficult facts and circumstances. The product is particularly suited to material asset issues, which can give rise to a wide variety of opinions on pricing. Our inventory of the APA can be summed up as follows. From the early to mid-1990s, AAAs were part of federal and international transfer pricing rules, but this appears to be the first formal program proposed at the national level. [5] «In general, an APA is an agreement between the taxpayer and [a government] that binds the taxpayer to a defined transfer pricing method and in return…

[Government] will not question the review if the [Intercompany] transactions… the terms of the agreement were executed along the length of the arms. [6] APAs may be unilateral (with a government) or, if there are tax, bilateral or multilateral agreements (between or between two or more governments and related parties involved in each country).

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