Income Tax dept lowers pitch on tax demands on multinationals
The income tax department will withdraw from a few hundreds of tax cases with multinational corporations pending in tribunals by the end of this fiscal. This marks a significant softening of approach given its high-pitched income reassessments for MNCs in recent years, mainly by contesting the pricing of their cross-border transactions.
Sources said the department, which has advance pricing arrangements (APAs) with 16 MNCs and aims to sign 150 such deals on the broad principles for future valuation of inter-country transactions for tax purposes, is willing to extend the conciliatory approach to transactions in the past four years too. Once the mutually agreed principles in an APA are applied to past transactions, the department would not pursue tax demands made earlier.
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