The Australian Treasury has released exposure draft legislation (Subdivision 815-E) to implement new OECD standards on transfer pricing documentation (Master File and Local File) and Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting. The new draft legislation makes Australia the second country (after Spain) to release legislation on this issue as a direct result of the recent guidance set by the OECD as part of its base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative with respect to Action Plan 13: Guidance on the Implementation of Transfer Pricing Documentation and Country-by-Country Reporting.
Thec Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the most severe recession and is causing enormous damage to the world economy. The economic downturn will impact a group’s transfer prices, analysis and documentation, more so with the BEPS Action Plans in place and the high level of transfer pricing scrutiny across the globe.
JobKeeper forms part of taxable income in the tax return. Makes sense, it is a subsidy against wages, so I am sure there are no surprises there, but how do you assess the arm’s length financial outcomes of the entity for transfer pricing purposes?
The ATO expect that Australian entities will retain the benefit of the JobKeeper payment they receive. So how do you treat the JobKeeper payments for transfer pricing purposes?