CBDT signs 5 Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements with Indian taxpayers
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into five (5) Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) today, i.e., 27th October, 2016 with Indian taxpayers.
The agreements cover a range of international transactions, including sale of finished goods, purchase of raw materials, software development services, IT enabled services, exports and interest payment. The agreements pertain to different industrial sectors like manufacturing, IT services, etc. The agreements provide certainty to the taxpayers for 5 years with regard to the covered international transactions.
With today’s signing, the total number of APAs signed so far has reached 108. These include 4 bilateral APAs and 104 unilateral APAs since 2013-14. Of these, 44 APAs have been concluded in 7 months of the current Financial Year itself.
The APA Scheme was introduced in the Income-tax Act in 2012 and the Rollback provisions were introduced in 2014. The Scheme endeavours to provide certainty to taxpayers in the domain of transfer pricing by specifying the methods of pricing and determining the arm’s length price of international transactions in advance for a maximum period of five future years. Further, the taxpayer has the option to roll-back the APA for four preceding years. Since its inception, the APA scheme has attracted tremendous interest among Multi National Enterprises (MNEs) and more than 700 applications (both unilateral and bilateral) have been filed in just four years.