Transfer Pricing and Valuation in Corporate Taxation
Federal Legislation vs. Administrative Practice
1994, XVIII, 284 p.
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Transfer Pricing and Valuation in Corporate Taxation analyzes the disparities between both federal statutes and regulations, and r- ulations and administrative practice, in a highly controversial area of corporate tax policy: intra-company transfer pricing for tax p- poses. It addresses issues that often mean millions of dollars to in- vidual corporations, and a significant fraction of the federal gove- ment’s revenue base. These disparities between law, regulations, and administrative practice are concerning on a number of grounds. First, they - pose considerable economic costs by inducing corporations to engage in a variety of “rent-seeking” activities designed to reduce their - pected tax liabilities, and by requiring the IRS to devote still more to enforcement efforts that are very often futile. Second, they are in- ; herently undemocratic. Administrative practice is currently ad hoc by relying on dispute resolution procedures that can and do yield very different settlements on disputed tax issues from one case to another, the IRS often ends up treating similarly situated cor- rations very differently. Moreover, to the extent that the disp- ity between statute and implementation reflects the IRS’s failure to carry out Congress’ will, the laws passed by duly elected officials are effectively being superseded by administrative procedure, developed incrementally by individuals who are not answerable to an electorate.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »corporate tax - public finance - taxation
Preface. I: Legislation and Regulations. 1. Introduction. 2. Transfer Pricing and Valuation Regulations. II: Transfer Pricing and Valuation Regulations in Practice. 3. The Cost-Plus Method. 4. The Resale Price Method. 5. Cost-Sharing Agreements. 6. Intra-Company Royalty Agreements. 7. Valuation of Intangible Assets: Section 338. 8. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations. Index.