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India & US sign Inter-Governmental Agreement to check tax evasions by MNCs

PW Bureau

Both the countries will exchange country-by-country (CbC) reports of multinationals regarding their income and tax paid in respective countries New Delhi: India and the United States of America have Wednesday signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement for Exchange of Country-by-Country (CbC) Reports. The Agreement was signed between P.C.Mody, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes and Kenneth I. Juster, Ambassador of the United States of America to India on behalf of the two countries. This Agreement for Exchange of CbC Reports, alongwith the Bilateral Competent Authority Arrangement between the two Competent Authorities, will enable both the countries to automatically exchange CbC Reports filed by the ultimate parent entities of Multinational Enterprises (“MNEs”) in the respective jurisdictions, pertaining to the years commencing on or after 1st January, 2016.

The agreement will help check tax-evasion

The agreement will obviate the need for Indian subsidiary companies of US MNEs to do local filing of the CbC Reports, thereby reducing the compliance burden, said a press statement issued by the finance ministry.
"This information will enable an enhanced level of assessment of tax risk by both tax administrations,"
Filing of CbC Reports by the ultimate parent entity of an MNE group to the prescribed Authority in the jurisdiction in which it is a resident and exchange of such CbC Reports by the Competent Authority of the said jurisdiction with the Competent Authorities of other jurisdictions in which the group has one or more of its constituent entities, are the minimum standards required under the Action 13 Report of OECD/G20 BEPS Project in which India is an active participant. "This information will enable an enhanced level of assessment of tax risk by both tax administrations," the statement added.

What all will be in CbC report

A CbC Report has aggregated country-by-country information relating to the global allocation of income, the taxes paid, and certain other indicators of an MNE group. It also contains a list of all the constituent entities of an MNE group operating in a particular jurisdiction and the nature of the main business activity of each such constituent entity. MNE groups having global consolidated revenue of 750 Million Euros or more (or a local currency equivalent) in a year are required to file CbC Reports in their parent entity’s jurisdiction. The INR equivalent of 750 Million Euros has been prescribed as INR 5500 Crore in Indian rules. This information will enable an enhanced level of assessment of tax risk by both tax administrations.