Published on 01 Feb 10
by "THE TAX SPECIALIST" JOURNAL ARTICLE
The ATO is taking an expansive view of its transfer pricing powers. The release of a new draft ruling on the interaction of the thin capitalisation and transfer pricing rules has implications for all taxpayers with loans or guarantees with cross-border related parties. Taxpayers who have sought the refuge of the thin capitalisation “safe harbour” will still need to calculate a hypothetical gearing structure for a financially independent entity in the position of the taxpayer. This article explores the ATO’s position and the implications it has for non-residents funding their Australian businesses.