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Reconstruction under the new transfer pricing law


One of the few areas of income tax law in which taxpayers may be subjected to taxation on the basis of a hypothetical alternative to the actual transaction undertaken is the new profit-shifting regime contained in Subdiv 815-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth). Determining arm’s length prices can be challenging enough, particularly for complex or unusual transactions, but when the related party transaction itself is open to reconstruction, the task can be even more difficult.

This article describes some of the nuances and potential ambiguity associated with the new Subdiv 815-B in the context of the requirement to reconstruct transactions. The authors provide an overview of Subdiv 815-B and contrast these provisions with the former transfer pricing law (contained in Div 13 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)), before undertaking a closer examination of the reconstruction provisions contained in the new laws.

Author profiles

Nick Houseman CTA
Nick Houseman FTIA is a Partner in Transfer Pricing at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sydney. Nick has over 15 years experience advising on transfer pricing matters with a focus on the financial services sector. Nick also has extensive experience in local and global transfer pricing documentation and compliance, tax planning, negotiations of Advance Pricing Agreements, competent authority negotiations, litigation support and audit defence in the financial services industry and other industries for well known Australian and foreign companies. Nick has managed many significant regional and global projects based in Asia-Pacific and European regions and has conducted many in-depth financial and economic analyses throughout the financial services industry. - Current at 01 January 2014
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Dritton Xhemajlaj
Dritton is a Director in PwC Australia’s transfer pricing practice. Now based in Brisbane, Dritton has 10 years of dedicated transfer pricing experience, including secondments to PwC’s Sydney office and an in-house secondment with a Melbourne-based Australian multinational. He specialises in establishing and defending intercompany pricing policies for financing arrangements. - Current at 29 November 2017
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