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Tax Authorities Looking For Revenue: Now Is Not the Time To Ignore Transfer Pricing

Transfer Pricing Software

COVID-19 necessitates a reassessment of the existing transfer pricing paradigms of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Supply chain disruptions and changes in consumer demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and global recession are impacting virtually all major industries. These disruptions erode profits and will require MNEs to adjust transfer pricing approaches. MNEs also face challenges such as government restrictions on travel and enabling personnel to work remotely.

Three points are well illustrated by Will James in the 16-Mar-2020 BKD, LLP Thoughtware® article Transfer Pricing in the Wake of COVID-19: 1) Transfer pricing audits are anticipated to increase for 2020 and future tax years for MNEs with adversely affected profitability; 2) MNEs need to start preparing for audits now by documenting the arm’s length nature of their transfer pricing arrangements and including evidence and analysis of extraordinary COVID-19 business disruptions that result in lower profitability or losses; 3) Documentation of lower profitability or losses that result from COVID-19 and the recession is particularly important for reduced-profit or loss-making MNE entities subject to profit-based methods guaranteeing minimum returns (e.g., Transactional Net Margin Method).

The following is a checklist to consider:
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Maintain Corporate Transfer Pricing Processes Remotely

How To Maintain Corporate Transfer Pricing Processes Remotely

Companies are instructing whole departments to work from home, and the traditional workplace is increasingly reserved for jobs that cannot be performed remotely. This presents challenges for MNEs, especially at the headquarters level, such as keeping information and workflows organized, and maintaining effective communication and collaboration between stakeholders and ‘gatekeepers’ in different departments of global entities.

These challenges are pronounced in MNE transfer pricing teams due to the global nature of intercompany transactions and the local country functions, assets and risks, which are the factual foundation for analyses. Transfer pricing processes require a large amount of information that is commonly housed in disparate IT systems, databases, and in the minds of key personnel (and often on their local hard drives). If demand continues to weaken, companies will increasingly shed workers, and sooner or later this could lead to the loss of knowledge and information that is critical for maintaining effective transfer pricing processes and documentation. MNEs would be wise to think about and invest in transfer pricing information and process management systems, since these effectiveness-improving systems increasingly act as continuity management systems -especially in the current climate.
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