Countries: Argentina

Argentina vs Transportadora de Energía SA, December 2019, Supreme Court, Case No CAF 39109/2014/3/RH2

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The tax authorities had recharacterized debt to equity and disallowed deductions for interest payments etc. Decision of the Supreme Court The Court decided in favour of Transportadora de Energía SA and set aside the debt to equity re-characterisation. The court also points to the relevance of transfer pricing studies. The Court noted that the tax authorities had failed to properly review the transfer pricing documentation and benchmarking of the intra-group financing for transfer pricing purposes, […]

Argentina vs Volkswagen Argentina S.A., December 2019, Court of Appeal, Case No CAF 057064/2013/CA001 – CA002

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The case of Volkswagen Argentina S.A. revolves around benchmarking and comparability adjustments. In the transfer pricing analysis Volkswagen adjusts the results of the tested party (local entity) for extraordinary losses due to local economic conditions. The Federal Court of Appeals supports the adjustment to the results of the tested party and also the approach of averaging out the results of the tested party over a period of three year.   Click here for English Translation […]

Argentina vs. Nike, June 2019, Court of Appeal, Case No TF 24495-I

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The tax authorities had partly disallowed amounts deducted by Nike Argentina for three expenses; royalties for use of trademarks and technical assistance, promotional expenses for sponsorship of the Brazilian Football Confederation, and commissions of Nike Inc. for purchasing agents. Issue one and two was dropped during the process and the remaining issue before the tribunal was expenses related to commissions for purchases according to a contract signed between Nike Argentina and Nike Inc. The tax […]

Argentina vs Malteria Pampa S.A., February 2019, Tax Court, Case No 35.098-A

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Malteria Pampa S.A in Argentina exported malt to a related intermediary in Uruguay that in turn sold on the goods to the brewery in Brazil at a higher price. The tax authorities applied the Sixth method and issued an assessment where the export price was determined based on the latter price used in the transaction with the brewery in Brazil and a substantial fine was also issued to the Malteria Pampa S.A. for non compliance. Decision […]

Argentina vs YPF S.A., May 2018, Supreme Court, Case No TF 29.205-1

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The Tax authorities considered that the financial loans made by YPF S.A. to the controlled companies YPF Gas S.A.; Maleic S.A. and Operadora de Estaciones de Servicio constituted a “disposition of income in favor of third parties”, since in the first two cases (loans granted to YPF Gas S.A. and Maleic S.A.) the agreed interest was lower than that provided for in the aforementioned regulations, while in the last case (operation carried out with OPESSA) […]

Argentina vs. Nike, August 2017, Tribunal Fiscal de la Nación, Case No 24.495-I

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The tax authorities had partly disallowed amounts deducted by Nike Argentina for three expenses; royalties for use of trademarks and technical assistance, promotional expenses for sponsorship of the Brazilian Football Confederation, and commissions of Nike Inc. for purchasing agents. Issue one and two was dropped during the process and the remaining issue before the tribunal was expenses related to commissions for purchases according to a contract signed between Nike Argentina and Nike Inc. The tax […]

Argentina vs Nidera S.A., March 2016, Supreme Court, Case No CAF 38801/2013/CS1-CA1

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Nidera S.A. exported commodities (cereals, oilseeds etc.) via group traders domiciled on the British Virgin Islands. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, in transactions involving entities domiciled in low-tax jurisdictions, it was presumed that prices had not been agreed in accordance with the arm’s length principle. The tax authorities issued an adjustment by applying the “CUP” method (Sixth method), considering the statistical average prices set as a reference value by the National Secretariat […]

Argentina vs Boehringer Ingelheim S.A. , April 2012, Tribunal Fiscal de la Nación, Case No 26713

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The tax authorities had not contested but have accepted the method (TNMM) used by the company to assess their transactions with related or affiliated parties, the dispute is therefore limited to certain aspects of the application of the methodology. Boehringer had used ROS indicator (operating profit margin) which the tax authorities accepted for the resale function but applied the ROTC indicator (profit margin on costs and expenses) for the manufacturing function. On the use of […]

Argentina vs Aventis Pharma SA, February 2010, Tribunal Fiscal de la Nación, Case No 29,083-I

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The principal activity of Aventis Pharma is manufacturing of pharmaceutical products and the secondary activity is the wholesale of pharmaceutical products; In FY 2000 the company carried out various transactions with related companies and based on a transfer pricing study the company concluded that profits were consistent with those obtained by comparable independent parties. Following an audit the tax authorities issued an assessment of additional income. In dispute were: Granting of extraordinary discounts, Reclassification of […]

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