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Transfer pricing and intangibles – part 1: Analysing intangibles under Subdivision 815-B


The analysis of intangibles under domestic transfer pricing rules and international transfer pricing guidelines continues to be a high priority area for tax jurisdictions, tax administrations and multinational enterprise (MNE) groups. These rules continue to evolve driven by the ever-increasing portion of the overall value of many MNE groups represented by intangibles and ongoing perceptions that profits are not being taxed in the jurisdiction where value is being added. This article considers the analysis of intangibles under Subdiv 815-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and under the 2017 OECD transfer pricing guidelines. Part 1 considers the interpretation of the transfer pricing rules in Subdiv 815-B for the purposes of analysing intangibles. Part 2 will consider the analysis of intangibles under the 2017 OECD transfer pricing guidelines and include a number of case studies intended to highlight potential significant differences with Subdiv 815-B. Finally, part 3 will consider the valuing of intangibles for the purposes of Subdiv 815-B and the 2017 OECD transfer pricing guidelines (including the new concept of hard-to-value intangibles).

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Damian Preshaw CTA
Damian Preshaw is a transfer pricing specialist with more than 25 years’ experience in both the private sector and with the Australian Taxation Office and provides specialist transfer pricing services to accounting firms and law firms. Prior to establishing Damian Preshaw Consulting Pty Ltd, Damian was a director in KPMG’s Transfer Pricing Services Group in Melbourne for 12 years. In this capacity, Damian advised a wide variety of multinational clients on transfer pricing and profit attribution issues with a special focus on dispute resolution, financial services, financial transactions and business restructuring. Before joining KPMG, Damian was an international tax counsel in the ATO’s Transfer Pricing Practice in Canberra where he was extensively involved in the ATO’s transfer pricing rulings program and was an Australian delegate to the OECD’s Working Party No.6 (Taxation of Multinational Enterprises) from 1994 to 2003. Damian is a Chartered Tax Adviser and represented The Tax Institute on the ATO’s Division 815 Technical Working Group. Damian has twice appeared as a witness before the Senate Economics Legislative Committee’s hearings in relation to Australia’s new transfer pricing rules on behalf of The Tax Institute. - Current at 09 July 2020
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