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The global transfer pricing documentation rules

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Updated on  28 April, 2021

 

In the public perception international tax issues have never been so much in focus as within the last few years. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is to be expected that internationally represented groups of companies and their intra-group business relationships will once again become increasingly the focus of national tax authorities. In order to keep track of transfer pricing documentation requirements worldwide in these turbulent times, Rödl & Partner's international transfer pricing group offers a bilingual overview of 59 countries with the most important information on documen­tation requirements and deadlines.

 

Corona crisis: Special challenges of transfer pricing documentation

For over a year now, the Covid-19 pandemic has dominated the global economy. In particular, the accompanying changes to intra-group supply chains and service relationships in internationally active groups of companies have a major impact on transfer pricing for tax purposes. This makes it all the more important to have timely, transparent documentation and sufficient justification of business decisions, which are often due to external influences, in order to justify adjustments in the area of transfer pricing to the tax authorities


More precise and useful information for transfer pricing risk assessments and audits

BEPS Action 13 deals with enhancing transparency for tax administrations by providing them with adequate information to assess high-level transfer pricing (“BEPS Action 13: Re-examine Transfer Pricing Documen­tation”). The three-tier approach comprising Master File, Local File and Country-by-Country-Reporting has now been made an integral part of the new OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines of 17 July 2017. Many legislators in the meantime implemented the OECD proposal in full or at least in part into national law.


National implementation status: OECD Master File Concept and CbC-Reporting

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International duty to cooperate as important compliance task 

In view of the transfer pricing documentation and country-specific reporting obligations regulated on national level, it is hardly surprising that the process of determining individual reporting obligations binding on internationally operating groups will itself take a lot of effort and give rise to uncertainty in some cases. However, knowledge of the implementation status in the respective country is an important compliance task for the transfer pricing management within international corporate groups, in particular in order to avoid formal errors, and thus a first point of criticism regarding the usability of documentation.

 

OECD Master File Concept and CbC-Reporting: International documentation obligations 

To offer companies an insight into the national implementation of the OECD Master File concept and CbC-Reporting in different countries, the international transfer pricing group of Rödl & Partner has prepared a bilingual overview of more than 59 countries. The aim of this publication is to offer you guidance. In case of any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


  

   

 

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