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B.E.P.S Action 10 - Part I: Profit Split Method in the Context of Global Value Chains

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There has been another release on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“B.E.P.S.”) deliverables. B.E.P.S. refers to the tax planning that moves profits to a low-tax jurisdiction or a jurisdiction that allows a taxpayer to exploit gaps in tax rules. These deliverables have been developed to ensure the coherence of taxation at the international level. The aim of these deliverables is to eliminate double non-taxation. The measures have been developed throughout 2014, and they will be combined with the work that will be released in 2015.

In the December 16th release on Action 10 (the “Discussion Draft” or “Draft”), Working Party No. 6 on the Taxation of Multinational Enterprises (“M.N.E.’s.”) released various factual scenarios, posed questions and invited affected persons to suggest answers. The goals of the Draft are to assure that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation and to determine whether it is more appropriate to apply the profit split method in some circumstance instead of a one-sided transfer pricing method.


The Draft identifies relevant issues in the posed scenarios, asks questions, and invites commentary as follows.

Value Chains

The term “global value chain” describes a wide range of activity, from the consumption of the product to the end use and beyond. Therefore, one particular method of transfer pricing may not be appropriate.