Published on 01 Aug 12
by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE
Tough new transfer pricing rules are contained in an amending Bill which was introduced into federal parliament in May 2012. The proposed amendments are intended to clarify the assessing authority of the transfer pricing articles contained in Australia’s double tax agreements (DTAs) and to deal with perceived concerns about the potential risk of revenue leakage. The government wishes to ensure that Australia’s transfer pricing rules, both under domestic law and in the DTAs, are interpreted as consistently as possible with the OECD transfer pricing guidelines, in particular. It is anticipated that these expanded transfer pricing rules will have a significant impact on all global businesses, including both inbound and outbound investors.
This article examines the proposed amendments in detail, and notes that it is likely that the amending Bill will become law in the near future. Further changes dealing with prescriptive documentation requirements, transfer pricing methodologies and penalties may be part of a second tranche of amendments.
Jock is a Senior Revenue Partner at DLA Phillip Fox. He has significant expertise and
experience managing complex tax and related matters for major multinational clients, including financial services, property development and investment, construction, tourism and major infrastructure projects.
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