Determined to eliminate so-called “double non-taxation,” as well as no or low taxation, associated with practices that are perceived to segregate taxable income from the activities that generate them, the Group of Twenty (“G20”) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“O.E.C.D.”) released their Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“B.E.P.S. Action Plan”) in 2013. Included in the B.E.P.S. Action Plan are several provisions related to transfer pricing:
- Action 4: Limit base erosion via interest deductions and other financial payments;
- Action 8: Assure that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation – Intangibles;
- Action 9: Assure that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation – Risks and capital;
- Action 10: Assure that transfer pricing outcomes are in line with value creation – Other high-risk transactions; and
- Action 13: Re-examine transfer pricing documentation.
The O.E.C.D. has since delivered a number of reports and recommendations related to these actions, including revisions to the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations (“Transfer Pricing Guidelines”), and it continues to perform additional work on deliverables scheduled for later this year.