Multinational enterprises may be interested it the CRA’s new 2017 APA Program Report.
The results from the CRA's new 2017 Advance Pricing Arrangement (APA) Program Report show that it closed a record number of APA cases in calendar year 2017. However, while the CRA closed more cases than it accepted into the program that year, almost an equal number of cases still remained under consideration for acceptance into the program by December 31, 2017.
The report's key findings for the 2017 year are outlined below.
An APA is an arrangement between a multinational enterprise and one or more tax authorities. It provides advance confirmation of the appropriate transfer pricing methodology to apply to specific intercompany transactions for a specified term. APAs have many significant advantages for taxpayers such as:
Highlights of the report
The report says that in 2017, 23 taxpayer applications to the APA program remained pending (i.e., where a pre-file meeting had occurred, but the taxpayer had not yet made an APA submission), 16 new cases were accepted into the program, and three were withdrawn in 2017. An equal number of cases (36) were completed during the year. This is the highest number of completed cases in a 12-month period reported by the CRA in the last seven years of statistics included in the 2017 report (26 cases were closed in 2016).
Despite the increase in case completion for 2017, the average time it took for the CRA to close a bilateral or multilateral APA (i.e., from acceptance to completion) increased slightly to 48.5 months (from 47.3 months). The median time to close these cases also increased to 47.3 months (from 42.7 months).
The report also indicates no changes to the following trends:
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