A Break in the Dam? India’s New Profit Attribution Proposal and the Arm’s Length Standard
22 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 3, 2019
On April 18, 2019, the Indian Central Board of Direct Taxes released a public consultation document on amending India’s rules for profit attribution to permanent establishments. This remarkable document is the first time a national government has proposed what in essence amounts to an abandonment of the arm’s length standard (ALS), the governing standard in transfer pricing for over 80 years, in favor of a formulary system. Given that the OECD has also raised the option of using formulas to allocate profits to market jurisdictions, India’s unilateral move may signal the proverbial break in the ALS dam, with the potential of leading to an abandonment of the ALS in favor of a unitary tax system.
Keywords: transfer pricing, arm's length standard
JEL Classification: H26
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