Government enters into 9 unilateral APAs with taxpayers in July

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New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) In a bid to foster a non-adversarial tax regime, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into nine Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPAs) with Indian taxpayers during the month of July, the government said on Monday.

“The APA 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,” the Finance Ministry said here in a statement.

The taxpayer has the option to rollback the APA for four preceding years, as a result of which nine years of tax certainty is provided. Since its inception, the APA scheme has attracted tremendous interest among Multi National Enterprises (MNEs).

“The nine APAs signed in July pertain to diverse sectors of the economy. CBDT has signed its first APA with a taxpayer engaged in supplying rigs used in oil and gas exploration. Others pertain to education, banking, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and information technology sectors of the economy,” it said.

The international transactions covered in these nine APAs include provision of software development services, provision of IT enabled services, provision of engineering design services, distribution and contract manufacturing.

The number of UAPAs signed in the current financial year is 18 and the number of bilateral APAs signed in the current financial year is one.

With this, the total number of APAs signed till date stands at 171 (unilateral: 159 and bilateral: 12).

–IANS

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