§ 1.482-1(e)(5)Example 3.

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Arm’s length range limited to interquartile range.

(i) The facts are the same as in Example 2, except in this case there are some product and functional differences between the four uncontrolled comparables and USSub. However, the data is insufficiently complete to determine the effect of the differences. Applying the resale price method to the four uncontrolled comparables, and making adjustments to the uncontrolled comparables pursuant to § 1.482-1(d)(2), the district director derives the following results:

Uncontrolled comparable Result (price)
1 $42.00
2 44.00
3 45.00
4 47.50

(ii) It cannot be established in this case that all material differences are likely to have been identified and reliable adjustments made for those differences. Accordingly, if the resale price method is determined to be the best method pursuant to § 1.482-1(c), the arm’s length range for the controlled transaction must be established pursuant to paragraph (e)(2)(iii)(B) of this section. In this case, the district director uses the interquartile range to determine the arm’s length range, which is the range from $43 to $46.25. If USSub’s price falls outside this range, the district director may make an allocation. In this case that allocation would be to the median of the results, or $44.50.

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