LIVE WEBCAST
THE BEPS PACKAGE
5 October 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm (CEST)
INTRODUCTION
2
Grace Pérez-Navarro
Deputy Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Raffaele Russo
Head of BEPS Project
Achim Pr...
Ask questions and comment throughout the webcast
4
Join the discussion
Directly: Enter your question in the space provided...
BEPS OVERVIEW
5
6
Features of the BEPS Project
• 2-year time-bound
Fast-pace
• OECD and G20 countries working together on an equal footing...
• Minimum standards
• Reinforced international standards on tax treaties and
transfer pricing
• Common approaches and best...
15 Actions around 3 Main Pillars
Coherence
Hybrid Mismatch
Arrangements (2)
Harmful Tax
Practices (5)
Interest
Deductions ...
COHERENCE
ACTIONS 2, 3, 4 AND 5
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HYBRID
MISMATCH
ARRANGEMENTS
10
Core aspect of
BEPS as hybrid
mismatch
arrangements
create non-
taxed/ stateless
income
Undermine fairness
Distort competi...
Linking rules
D/NI
Instruments /
entities
Indirect D/NI
Instruments /
entities
DD Entities only
Primary rule:
deny deducti...
13
Final Hybrids Report (2015) What is new?
Treatment of hybrid regulatory capital under
the hybrid financial instrument r...
14
Final Hybrids Report (2015)
Where does this leave us?
STOP
HYBRIDS
Rules apply to all types of
arrangements (incl.
inst...
CFC RULES
15
• Recommendations for the design of effective CFC rules to combat BEPS
and long-term deferral
• Not a minimum standard but...
17
Action 3 – Designing Effective CFC rules
Shared policy considerations
• Deterrent
• Backstop to transfer pricing
• Bala...
• Definition of a CFC
– Includes transparent entities and PE’s where they raise BEPS concerns
– Report also includes a for...
INTEREST
DEDUCTIONS
19
“no or low taxation associated
with practices that artificially
segregate taxable income from
the activities that generate...
Action 4 – Interest deductibility
The key building blocks
21
• Allows net interest deductions up to a fixed net interest/t...
Action 4 – Interest deductibility
The key building blocks
22
• Protect fixed ratio rule and group ratio rule from planning...
Further work on the detailed
design and operation of the
group ratio rule
Specific rules to take into
account features of ...
24
Action 4 – Interest deductibility
What has been achieved?
STOP
HYBRIDS
Linking net interest deductions
to taxable econo...
HARMFUL TAX
PRACTICES (ACTION 5)
25
Harmful Tax Practices
Action 5
26
Action 5 - Countering harmful
tax practices more effectively
What Action 5 set out to do...
Harmful Tax Practices
Action 5
27
Action 5 - Countering harmful
tax practices more effectively

What we have delivered:
•...
Harmful Tax Practices
Action 5
28
Action 5 - Countering harmful
tax practices more effectively
Substantial activity & IP R...
Harmful Tax Practices
Action 5
29
Action 5 - Countering harmful
tax practices more effectively

What’s new since February...
Harmful Tax Practices
Action 5
30
Action 5 - Countering harmful
tax practices more effectively
Transparency – Compulsory s...
Harmful Tax Practices
Action 5
31
Action 5 - Countering harmful
tax practices more effectively
Transparency – Compulsory s...
SUBSTANCE
ACTIONS 6, 7, 8-10
32
TREATY ABUSE (ACTION
6) AND CIRCUMVENTION
OF PE DEFINITION
(ACTION 7)
33
Treaty abuse, and in particular treaty shopping, is one of the most important sources of BEPS
The new treaty anti-abuse ru...
Treaty abuse, like abuse of domestic law, is best
addressed through a combination of
• Specific anti-abuse rules, which pr...
Minimum
level of
protection
against
treaty
shopping
Countries should agree to include in their tax
treaties:
• An express ...
These changes address techniques used to inappropriately
avoid being taxed in a State, including
Replacing a distributor w...
As a matter of policy, where the activities that an intermediary
exercises in a country are intended to result in the regu...
Important to provide additional
guidance concerning the amount of
profits that will result from the changes
to the definit...
REVISED TP GUIDANCE
(ACTIONS 8-10)
40
The Report, Aligning Transfer Pricing
Outcomes with Value Creation, contains 6 interlinked sections
• Guidance for Applyin...
Accurate delineation of the actual transaction is fundamental: contracts
are reviewed against conduct
Legal ownership alon...
43
New guidance on risk:
analytical framework
.
• Identify risk
• How is the risk contractually assumed?
• Functional anal...
Legal ownership alone: no right ultimately to retain the returns from exploitation of intangibles
Funding often coincides ...
• No reliable comparables exist and
• Financial projections or other assumptions for valuation
are highly uncertain
HTVI a...
46
Other new guidance
Commodities:
Quoted prices
and
Pricing date
Low Value-adding
Intra-group Services:
Simplified approa...
“Groupness” and synergetic benefits can be dealt
with through the alp
Contracts alone do not attract profits
Simplificatio...
Further revised guidance
(transactional profit splits,
financial transactions and
consolidation of other parts of
the TPG ...
TRANSPARENCY
ACTIONS 11, 12, 13, 14
49
MEASURING AND
MONITORING BEPS
(ACTION 11)
50
• Better data is needed to measure and monitor
BEPS and the actions taken to address BEPS in the future
− Currently availa...
• More than 100 empirical studies report evidence of BEPS
• New OECD research finds that global net annual revenue loss of...
• The OECD to work with governments to publish a new regular Corporate Tax Statistics
publication
– The publication will c...
MANDATORY
DISCLOSURE RULES
(ACTION 12)
54
55
Action 12 – Mandatory disclosure rules
• Tax authorities face a lack of timely, comprehensive and relevant
information ...
56
Action 12 – Mandatory disclosure rules
• Not a minimum standard but 3 key outputs
for countries wishing to adopt MDR:
1...
TP DOCUMENTATION
(ACTION 13)
57
Guidance on Transfer
Pricing Documentation and
CbC Reporting published in
September 2014
Guidance on the
Implementation of...
59
Example timeline
Example of the timing of the exchange
(Sections 3,8 CbC MCAA):
12/15 01/16 03/19
2015 2016 2017 2018 2...
Adoption of domestic legislation where needed in progress
XML Schema and related User Guide to be approved by the end of 2...
DISPUTE RESOLUTION
(ACTION 14)
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1036
1176
1311
1599
1341
1624
1678
1910
883
843
904
951
1348
1187 1146
1299
800
1000
1200
1400
1600
1800
2000
2006 2007 20...
Mandatory binding
MAP arbitration
Supplementary commitment
Over 20 countries
>90% of MAP
cases
Minimum Standard
Peer revie...
Implementation of the
Action 14 minimum
standard to be reviewed
through robust peer-based
monitoring mechanism.
Monitoring...
HORIZONTAL WORK
ACTIONS 1 AND 15
65
DIGITAL ECONOMY
(ACTION 1)
66
• It is impossible to ring fence the digital economy
for tax purposes
• Digital economy presents key features and fosters
...
• While there are no unique BEPS issues, key features of the digital
economy exacerbate BEPS concerns
• These have been ta...
• Collection of VAT on cross-border B2C transactions:
Agreement on destination principle and on simplified
mechanisms for ...
• Nexus and data challenges analysed with potential options
and related technical issues
– Significant economic presence (...
• Monitor developments, impact of BEPS measures,
and analyse data which become available
• Future monitoring work will inf...
MULTILATERAL
INSTRUMENT
(ACTION 15)
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• Analytical report concluded that MLI is feasible and
desirable
• Work launched and ongoing
– About 90 jurisdictions part...
WHAT’S NEXT?
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Monitoring
Legal certainty and
dispute resolution
Transparency
New and
revised rules
What’s next?
• Supporting implementation to ensure consistency
• Monitoring implementation important to ensure
level playing field and ...
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Senior members from the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) commented on the final outputs of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Project Shifting Project, including the next steps and the involvement of developing countries.

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BEPS Webcast #8 - Launch of the 2015 Final Reports

  1. 1. LIVE WEBCAST THE BEPS PACKAGE 5 October 2015 4:00pm – 5:30pm (CEST)
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION 2
  3. 3. Grace Pérez-Navarro Deputy Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration Raffaele Russo Head of BEPS Project Achim Pross Head of International Cooperation and Tax Administration Marlies de Ruiter Head of Tax Treaty, Transfer Pricing and Financial Transactions David Bradbury Head of Tax Policy and Statistics 3 Speakers
  4. 4. Ask questions and comment throughout the webcast 4 Join the discussion Directly: Enter your question in the space provided Via email: CTP.BEPS@oecd.org Via Twitter: Follow us on @OECDtax using #BEPS
  5. 5. BEPS OVERVIEW 5
  6. 6. 6 Features of the BEPS Project • 2-year time-bound Fast-pace • OECD and G20 countries working together on an equal footing • 14 Developing Countries, ATAF, CREDAF and CIAT participating directly • Other 60 Developing Countries participating via Regional Networks in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eurasia Inclusive • 23 Discussion Draft published • 12,000 pages of comments received • 11 public consultations with stakeholders and regular webcasts Transparent
  7. 7. • Minimum standards • Reinforced international standards on tax treaties and transfer pricing • Common approaches and best practices for domestic law measures • Analytical reports with recommendations (digital economy and multilateral instrument) • Detailed report on measuring BEPS 7 What’s in the BEPS package?
  8. 8. 15 Actions around 3 Main Pillars Coherence Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements (2) Harmful Tax Practices (5) Interest Deductions (4) CFC Rules (3) Substance Preventing Tax Treaty Abuse (6) Avoidance of PE Status (7) TP Aspects of Intangibles (8) TP/Risk and Capital (9) TP/High Risk Transactions (10) Transparency and Certainty Measuring BEPS (11) Disclosure Rules (12) TP Documentation (13) Dispute Resolution (14) Digital Economy (1) Multilateral Instrument (15)
  9. 9. COHERENCE ACTIONS 2, 3, 4 AND 5 9
  10. 10. HYBRID MISMATCH ARRANGEMENTS 10
  11. 11. Core aspect of BEPS as hybrid mismatch arrangements create non- taxed/ stateless income Undermine fairness Distort competition Inefficient Erode tax base of affected countries Non-transparent 11 Action 2 – Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements What is the problem?
  12. 12. Linking rules D/NI Instruments / entities Indirect D/NI Instruments / entities DD Entities only Primary rule: deny deduction Rule order Scope Primary rule & defensive rule. Controlled groups and structured arrangements. Related parties for instruments. Special rule on dividend exemption for instruments 12 Action 2 – Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements What have we done to address it?
  13. 13. 13 Final Hybrids Report (2015) What is new? Treatment of hybrid regulatory capital under the hybrid financial instrument rule Guidance on implementation and operation of the rules including transitional rules Guidance on operation of the imported mismatch rule Guidance on how to treat a payment that is included under a CFC regime Treatment of stock lending and repos Outstanding issues 2015 Report- Updates and replaces 2014 Report & includes detailed Commentary and Examples Re-affirms the agreed outcome in 2014 Report   
  14. 14. 14 Final Hybrids Report (2015) Where does this leave us? STOP HYBRIDS Rules apply to all types of arrangements (incl. instruments and entities) and whether all countries participate or not Eliminates the mismatch benefit without affecting any other tax or regulatory outcomes Targeted and workable Stop hybridsComprehensive Agreed rule order with detailed commentary explaining effect and interaction of the rules Avoid double taxation Related parties and structured transactions
  15. 15. CFC RULES 15
  16. 16. • Recommendations for the design of effective CFC rules to combat BEPS and long-term deferral • Not a minimum standard but sets out building blocks for effective CFC rules: – Definition of a CFC – CFC exemptions and threshold requirements – Definition of CFC income – Rules for computing income – Rules for attributing income – Rules to prevent or eliminate double tax • Co-ordination with other relevant actions including; digital economy, hybrids, interest and transfer pricing 16 Action 3 – Designing Effective CFC rules
  17. 17. 17 Action 3 – Designing Effective CFC rules Shared policy considerations • Deterrent • Backstop to transfer pricing • Balance effectiveness with compliance burden • Balance effectiveness with avoidance of double taxation Specific policy objectives may be prioritised differently (i.e. worldwide versus territorial tax system) • Balance between taxing foreign income and maintaining competitiveness • Extent to which prevent base stripping (i.e. parent or foreign base stripping). Final report recognises that different policy considerations underpin CFC rules and this determines their scope
  18. 18. • Definition of a CFC – Includes transparent entities and PE’s where they raise BEPS concerns – Report also includes a form of anti-hybrid rule to prevent avoidance of CFC rules • CFC Exemptions and threshold requirements – Final report clearer on tax rate exemptions and use of lists such as a white list • Definition of CFC income – Recognising different policy objectives there is more flexibility and options • Elimination of double taxation – Stronger emphasis on ensuring that rules do not lead to double taxation 18 Action 3 – Designing Effective CFC rules Some key points in final report
  19. 19. INTEREST DEDUCTIONS 19
  20. 20. “no or low taxation associated with practices that artificially segregate taxable income from the activities that generate it” BEPS Action Plan, chapter 3 location of third party interest in high tax countries quantity of related party interest, in excess of group’s actual interest cost use of interest expense to fund tax exempt income 20 Action 4 – Interest deductibility What is the problem?
  21. 21. Action 4 – Interest deductibility The key building blocks 21 • Allows net interest deductions up to a fixed net interest/tax EBITDA ratio • Applies to interest paid to third parties and intragroup • Fixed ratio between 10%-30% • Factors assist countries in setting ratio Fixed ratio rule • Allows interest deductions up to net interest/EBITDA ratio of group • Countries may instead apply a different group ratio rule (e.g. equity escape) or no group ratio rule Group ratio rule
  22. 22. Action 4 – Interest deductibility The key building blocks 22 • Protect fixed ratio rule and group ratio rule from planning • Address specific BEPS risks Targeted rules • De minimis threshold • Carry forward/back provisions • Exclusion for 3rd party interest funding certain public-benefit assets Additional optional elements
  23. 23. Further work on the detailed design and operation of the group ratio rule Specific rules to take into account features of the banking and insurance sectors Action 4 – Interest deductibility Next steps Work will be completed by the end of 2016 23
  24. 24. 24 Action 4 – Interest deductibility What has been achieved? STOP HYBRIDS Linking net interest deductions to taxable economic activity directly addresses risks identified in the Action Plan Common approach includes flexibility to accommodate the position of different countries Familiar and workable Flexible approach Addresses BEPS involving interest Takes into account actual net interest expense of groups Other features reduce impact on low risk groups Focus on BEPS Fixed ratio rule is familiar to countries and groups Group ratio rule is based on figures in group accounts
  25. 25. HARMFUL TAX PRACTICES (ACTION 5) 25
  26. 26. Harmful Tax Practices Action 5 26 Action 5 - Countering harmful tax practices more effectively What Action 5 set out to do: • Requiring substance for all preferential regimes • Improve transparency, including compulsory spontaneous exchange of certain rulings • Engage with third countries • Consider revisions or additions to the existing framework
  27. 27. Harmful Tax Practices Action 5 27 Action 5 - Countering harmful tax practices more effectively  What we have delivered: • An agreed approach on defining substance for all preferential regimes, whether IP regimes or non-IP regimes • A completed review of 43 regimes in OECD and G20 countries • An agreed framework for the exchange of rulings in 5 clearly defined risk categories pursuant to agreed deadlines and in an agreed format • Agreement on integrated approach for engagement with third countries • Agreement that revisions or additions need to take account of impact of work on substance and transparency    
  28. 28. Harmful Tax Practices Action 5 28 Action 5 - Countering harmful tax practices more effectively Substantial activity & IP Regimes / Nexus The policy • Realigning taxation with value creation • Allowing regimes intended to encourage R&D without creating harmful effects • Not a policy recommendation but a “box around the box” • A proportionate approach: the amount of benefiting income depends on the proportion of R&D expenditure incurred by the benefiting taxpayer • Qualifying expenditures include outsourcing to unrelated parties but not outsourcing to related parties or acquisitions • 30 percent uplift permitted The basic approach
  29. 29. Harmful Tax Practices Action 5 29 Action 5 - Countering harmful tax practices more effectively  What’s new since February: • Agreed approach to tracking and tracing including transitional rules that reflect business concerns and government’s compliance needs • Agreed definition of qualifying IP assets to include 3 categories:  Patents defined broadly  Copyrighted software  Other similar IP assets that meet specific conditions including restrictions on company size and amount of benefiting income • Agreed safeguards:  To prevent IP assets (not already in a regime) being shifted from related parties after 1 January 2016.  Enhanced transparency for all new entrants after 6 Feb 2015  
  30. 30. Harmful Tax Practices Action 5 30 Action 5 - Countering harmful tax practices more effectively Transparency – Compulsory spontaneous exchange 1. Rulings related to preferential regimes 2. Unilateral APAs and other TP rulings 3. Rulings given a unilateral downward adjustment 4. Permanent establishment (PE) rulings 5. Related party conduit rulings 6. Other rulings subsequently agreed to give rise to BEPS concerns 1. Countries of residence of related parties with a transaction covered by the ruling, or in the case of PE ruling country of head office/PE as case may be 2. Country of Immediate Parent Co 3. Country of Ultimate Parent Co Categories of rulings To be exchanged with
  31. 31. Harmful Tax Practices Action 5 31 Action 5 - Countering harmful tax practices more effectively Transparency – Compulsory spontaneous exchange Past rulings by 31 December 2016 Past rulings: Issued on or after 1 January 2010 and still in effect on 1 January 2014 Future rulings within 3 months Future rulings: Issued on or after 1 April 2016
  32. 32. SUBSTANCE ACTIONS 6, 7, 8-10 32
  33. 33. TREATY ABUSE (ACTION 6) AND CIRCUMVENTION OF PE DEFINITION (ACTION 7) 33
  34. 34. Treaty abuse, and in particular treaty shopping, is one of the most important sources of BEPS The new treaty anti-abuse rules included in the Report on Action 6 first address treaty shopping (e.g. the use of a letterbox company in a treaty State) All OECD and G20 countries have committed to eradicate treaty shopping through the inclusion of alternative provisions aimed at denying treaty benefits in various circumstances (minimum standard) The Report also includes more targeted rules designed to address other forms of treaty abuse 34 Action 6 - Prevent Treaty Abuse
  35. 35. Treaty abuse, like abuse of domestic law, is best addressed through a combination of • Specific anti-abuse rules, which provide greater certainty but can only deal with known abusive strategies that can be addressed through general objective criteria • More general anti-abuse rules or judicial doctrines, which are less certain but offer protection against abusive transactions that have not previously been identified or addressed or that require a more case-by-case analysis 35 Why so many different rules?
  36. 36. Minimum level of protection against treaty shopping Countries should agree to include in their tax treaties: • An express statement that their common intention is to eliminate double taxation without creating opportunities for treaty shopping, and • Either • The general treaty anti-abuse rule • The LOB rule supplemented by a mechanism that would deal with conduit arrangements not already dealt with in tax treaties, or • Both the general treaty anti-abuse rule and the LOB rule 36 A minimum standard to prevent treaty shopping
  37. 37. These changes address techniques used to inappropriately avoid being taxed in a State, including Replacing a distributor with a “commissionnaire arrangement” through which a local member of a multinational group sells products belonging to foreign members of that group Taking advantage of exceptions that were initially adopted to prevent the taxation of mere preparatory or auxiliary activities carried on by foreign enterprises, in particular by artificially fragmenting business activities between parts of a multinational enterprise Splitting-up construction contracts in order to qualify for an exception based on the time during which an enterprise is active on a construction site 37 Action 7 – Prevent the Artificial Avoidance of PE Status
  38. 38. As a matter of policy, where the activities that an intermediary exercises in a country are intended to result in the regular conclusion of contracts to be performed by a foreign enterprise, that enterprise should be considered to have a taxable presence in that country unless the intermediary is performing these activities in the course of an independent business The changes to Art. 5(5) and 5(6) included in the Report on Action 7 will address commissionnaire arrangements and similar strategies by ensuring that the wording of these provisions better reflect this underlying policy 38 Restoring the integrity of the PE definition
  39. 39. Important to provide additional guidance concerning the amount of profits that will result from the changes to the definition of permanent establishment made through the Report Follow-up work will therefore be carried out in 2016 on these attribution of profit issues (in parallel with work on the Multilateral Instrument). 39 Importance of attribution of profit issues
  40. 40. REVISED TP GUIDANCE (ACTIONS 8-10) 40
  41. 41. The Report, Aligning Transfer Pricing Outcomes with Value Creation, contains 6 interlinked sections • Guidance for Applying the Arm’s Length Principle • Guidance on Commodity Transactions • Further work on Transactional Profit Split is scoped • Guidance on Intangibles • Guidance on Low Value-adding Intra-group Services • Guidance on Cost Contribution Arrangements • In addition, the Report on Action 13 sets out the revised standard for Transfer Pricing Documentation 41 Overview
  42. 42. Accurate delineation of the actual transaction is fundamental: contracts are reviewed against conduct Legal ownership alone does not create entitlement to profits Provision of funding alone: no more than a risk-free financial return Differences between anticipated and actual profits are allocated depending on assumption of risk / functions that warrant a profit share Information asymmetry and lack of transparency are addressed (hard- to-value-intangibles, commodities and services) 42 Key themes
  43. 43. 43 New guidance on risk: analytical framework . • Identify risk • How is the risk contractually assumed? • Functional analysis • Contractual assumption risk aligned with conduct and other facts? • Control over risk and financial capacity to assume the risk?
  44. 44. Legal ownership alone: no right ultimately to retain the returns from exploitation of intangibles Funding often coincides with the taking of certain financial risks •Provided the funder exercises control Financial risk is separate from, but may be related to development risk A funder which only assumes funding risk but does not perform functions relating to the intangible: •risk-adjusted rate of financial return on funding A funder that does not control financial risk: •no more than a risk-free financial return 44 New guidance: Intangibles
  45. 45. • No reliable comparables exist and • Financial projections or other assumptions for valuation are highly uncertain HTVI are intangibles for which Information asymmetries between taxpayer and tax administration add to risk tax administration in valuating these intangibles • Ex post outcomes as presumptive evidence about the appropriateness of ex ante pricing arrangements under the arm’s length principle If the taxpayer cannot demonstrate its pricing is based on a thorough analysis, Several exemptions based on unforeseeable developments, materiality, time period, and APAs 45 New guidance: Hard-to-value intangibles
  46. 46. 46 Other new guidance Commodities: Quoted prices and Pricing date Low Value-adding Intra-group Services: Simplified approach and Transparency Cost Contribution Arrangements: Alignment guidance risk and intangibles and No more leaking away of value to other participants
  47. 47. “Groupness” and synergetic benefits can be dealt with through the alp Contracts alone do not attract profits Simplification and practical approaches can be achieved within the alp 47 Important notions
  48. 48. Further revised guidance (transactional profit splits, financial transactions and consolidation of other parts of the TPG with the new guidance) Implementation HTVI and Low Value Adding Services Work mandated by the G20 Development Working Group on TP toolkits for Low Income Countries 48 Follow up work
  49. 49. TRANSPARENCY ACTIONS 11, 12, 13, 14 49
  50. 50. MEASURING AND MONITORING BEPS (ACTION 11) 50
  51. 51. • Better data is needed to measure and monitor BEPS and the actions taken to address BEPS in the future − Currently available data is incomplete and inadequate − Better data, including country-by-country reports, will improve future analysis • In spite of data limitations, many prior empirical studies, new OECD research and BEPS Indicators find the existence of BEPS • BEPS creates significant fiscal and economic effects − Global annual net revenue loss of 4-10% of corporate income tax (USD 100-240 billion) at 2014 levels − BEPS causes many economic distortions 51 Action 11: Key findings
  52. 52. • More than 100 empirical studies report evidence of BEPS • New OECD research finds that global net annual revenue loss of 4-10% of corporate income tax (USD 100-240 billion) at 2014 levels • BEPS creates many economic distortions – ETRs of large MNEs are 4-8½ percentage points lower than similar domestic firms – Favours intangible investments, companies locating debt in high-tax countries and distorts the location of FDI – Creates negative tax spillovers across countries • Anti-avoidance rules are found to be effective in preventing BEPS in individual countries, but could be more effective if implemented in coordinated way • Taxes matter significantly in shifting mobile income, but more analysis is needed on the extent of tax effects on shifting real economic activity 52 Economic analysis of BEPS
  53. 53. • The OECD to work with governments to publish a new regular Corporate Tax Statistics publication – The publication will compile a range of relevant data in an internationally consistent format, including aggregated and anonymised statistical analyses prepared by governments based on Action 13 country-by-country report data • The OECD to work with governments to refine BEPS indicators and produce periodic reports on the estimated revenue impacts of proposed and enacted BEPS countermeasures • More research is needed on MNEs, including by tax administrations in collaboration with academic researchers • Better data and refined analyses will improve the measurement and monitoring of BEPS and countermeasures in the future 53 Recommendations to improve monitoring
  54. 54. MANDATORY DISCLOSURE RULES (ACTION 12) 54
  55. 55. 55 Action 12 – Mandatory disclosure rules • Tax authorities face a lack of timely, comprehensive and relevant information on aggressive tax planning which can be addressed by mandatory disclosure rules (“MDR”). • MDR requires disclosure, often before returns are filed, of certain transactions, by promoters, taxpayers or both • Advantages over other disclosures: • Information received early • Disclosure mandatory but no ruling on substance. • Can apply to a broad range of taxpayers including promoters of schemes as well as users • Can be targeted at risks / transactions of particular concern (via “hallmarks”)
  56. 56. 56 Action 12 – Mandatory disclosure rules • Not a minimum standard but 3 key outputs for countries wishing to adopt MDR: 1. Framework for the design of rules that are flexible to country specific risks and needs 2. Special recommendations for rules that focus on international tax schemes 3. Enhanced models of information sharing using the JITSIC network as a platform
  57. 57. TP DOCUMENTATION (ACTION 13) 57
  58. 58. Guidance on Transfer Pricing Documentation and CbC Reporting published in September 2014 Guidance on the Implementation of Transfer Pricing Documentation and CbC Reporting published in February 2015. CbC Reporting Implementation Package released in June 2015 Transfer Pricing Documentation including Country-by-Country Reporting 58 Report consolidates previous documents
  59. 59. 59 Example timeline Example of the timing of the exchange (Sections 3,8 CbC MCAA): 12/15 01/16 03/19 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 06/1812/17 Signing of MCAA Domestic reporting obligation 1st year to report 6 months for CA review 1st Filing deadline for MNEs 2nd Transmission of CbC Report (for 2017) 1st Transmission of CbC Report (for 2016) 12/18 2nd Filing deadline for MNEs 3 months for CA review Notification under section 8
  60. 60. Adoption of domestic legislation where needed in progress XML Schema and related User Guide to be approved by the end of 2015 Signing ceremony of MCAA in January 2016 Review of the implementation of this new standard by 2020 Next Steps for CbC 60
  61. 61. DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ACTION 14) 61
  62. 62. 1036 1176 1311 1599 1341 1624 1678 1910 883 843 904 951 1348 1187 1146 1299 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Numberofcases Year MAP cases initiated / completed by year
  63. 63. Mandatory binding MAP arbitration Supplementary commitment Over 20 countries >90% of MAP cases Minimum Standard Peer review + +
  64. 64. Implementation of the Action 14 minimum standard to be reviewed through robust peer-based monitoring mechanism. Monitoring process Terms of reference and assessment methodology to be developed by Q1 2016. 64 Peer review
  65. 65. HORIZONTAL WORK ACTIONS 1 AND 15 65
  66. 66. DIGITAL ECONOMY (ACTION 1) 66
  67. 67. • It is impossible to ring fence the digital economy for tax purposes • Digital economy presents key features and fosters business models which raises related but different issues: – BEPS issues – Broader tax challenges 67 The Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy
  68. 68. • While there are no unique BEPS issues, key features of the digital economy exacerbate BEPS concerns • These have been taken into account and addressed in the BEPS work, chiefly 1. PE: changes to agency PE definition and regarding preparatory and auxiliary activities 2. TP: delineation of actual transaction, intangibles, special approach on HTVI, scope of guidance on profit splits 3. CFC: coverage of income from digital sales • Measures expected to address BEPS issues exacerbated by the digital economy. 68 BEPS and the Digital Economy
  69. 69. • Collection of VAT on cross-border B2C transactions: Agreement on destination principle and on simplified mechanisms for ensuring collection where the consumer lives • Modify the exceptions to PE status: agreed and included on Action 7 report, whether it raises BEPS issues or not 69 Broader tax challenges
  70. 70. • Nexus and data challenges analysed with potential options and related technical issues – Significant economic presence (SEP) – WHT – Equalisation levy • These options not adopted as international standards • Countries could introduce them in domestic laws as additional safeguards against BEPS, provided they respect existing treaty obligations, or in their bilateral tax treaties 70 Broader tax challenges
  71. 71. • Monitor developments, impact of BEPS measures, and analyse data which become available • Future monitoring work will inform whether further work on the three options should be carried out multilaterally • Detailed mandate to be developed during 2016 in the context of designing an inclusive post-BEPS monitoring process. 71 Next steps
  72. 72. MULTILATERAL INSTRUMENT (ACTION 15) 72
  73. 73. • Analytical report concluded that MLI is feasible and desirable • Work launched and ongoing – About 90 jurisdictions participating on equal footing to date – First procedural meeting in May – Inaugural meeting in November – Consultations expected • Open for signature in 2016 by any interested jurisdiction 73 Multilateral Instrument
  74. 74. WHAT’S NEXT? 74
  75. 75. Monitoring Legal certainty and dispute resolution Transparency New and revised rules What’s next?
  76. 76. • Supporting implementation to ensure consistency • Monitoring implementation important to ensure level playing field and to assess impact of the measures • Monitoring may take different forms depending on the item concerned, minimum standards, international standards, common approaches, relevant developments, etc. • G20 Finance Ministers: “We will continue to work on an equal footing as we monitor the implementation of the BEPS project outcomes at the global level, in particular, […] and we call on the OECD to prepare a framework by early 2016 with the involvement of interested non-G20 countries and jurisdictions, particularly developing economies, on an equal footing ” 76 Developing an Inclusive Framework
  77. 77. JOIN THE DISCUSSION 77
  78. 78. Ask questions and comment 78 Join the discussion Directly: Enter your question in the space provided Via email: CTP.BEPS@oecd.org Via Twitter: Follow us via @OECDtax using #BEPS

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