Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Canada-US Tax Protocol Will Impact Transfer Pricing Disputes

One of the most important and novel changes made by the new Protocol to amend the US-Canada tax treaty is the mandatory arbitration procedure. The provision is called “mandatory” in the sense that it is binding on the tax authorities of the United States and Canada. Taxpayers will have an opportunity to decide whether invoking the arbitration procedure is in their best interests.

Under the Protocol and diplomatic notes, intercompany transfer pricing issues are among those that can be submitted for arbitration. In addition, both competent authority cases already under consideration of competent authorities at the time of the Protocol entering into force and new cases, submitted after the Protocol enters into force, will qualify for submission to the arbitration (provided certain requirements are met).


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