Countries: Panama

Panama vs “Construction S.A.”, December 2021, Administrative Tax Court, Case No TAT- RF-111 (112/2019)

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“Construction Service S.A.” is active in Design, Repair and Construction of buildings. During the FY 2011-2013 it paid for services – management services and construction services – rendered from related parties. Following an audit the tax authorities issued an assessment where payments for these services had been adjusted by reference to the arm’s length principle. According to the authorities the benchmark studies in the company’s transfer pricing documentation suffered from comparability defects and moreover it […]

Panama vs “Pharma Distributor S.A.”, July 2021, Administrative Tax Court, Case No TAT-RF-066

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An adjustment for FY 2013 and 2014 had been issued to a pharmaceutical company in Panama “Pharma Distributor S.A” that resulted in an income adjustment of 19.5 million dollars, which in turn resulted in additional taxes of 2.4 million dollars. The resale price method had been used by Pharma Distributor S.A. to determine the market value of an asset acquired from a related entity that was sold to an independent entity. This method was rejected […]

Panama vs X S.A., September 2020, Administrative Tax Court, Case No TAT-RF-065

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An assessment was issued where the tax administration denied the application treaty benefits, understanding that the dividends distributed by X S.A. a company with tax residence in Panama, to its shareholder NL Corp in the Netherlands did not qualify for the reduced rate provided for in the DTA because the latter was not the “beneficial owner” of the dividends. Judgement of the Tax Court The court upheld the assessment. “By virtue of the above, we […]

Panama vs “Petroleum Wholesale Corp”, September 2020, Administrative Tribunal, Case No TAT-RF-062

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“Petroleum Wholesale Corp” is engaged in the wholesale of petroleum products, accessories and rolling stock in general in Panama. Following a thorough audit carried out by the Tax Administration in Panama, where discrepancies and inconsistencies had been identified between the transfer pricing documentation and financial reports and other publicly available information, an assessment was issued for FY 2013 and 2014 resulting in additional taxes and surcharges of approximately $ 14 millions. Petroleum Wholesale Corp disagreed […]

Panama vs “Glass Corp”, February 2020, Administrative Tribunal, Case No TAT-RF-015

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“Glass Corp” Panama, was issued a fine for not filing (in time) Transfer Pricing Report – Form 930 – for the fiscal year 2012. Article 762-I of the Tax Code in Panama establishes that failure to comply with filing obligation of transfer pricing documentation results in a fine of 1% of the total amount of the transactions with related parties. The decision of the Court “since it has been demonstrated that the formal duty to […]

Panama vs “AC S.A.”, January 2020, Administrative Tribunal, Case No TAT-RF-002

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“AC S.A” is engaged in sale of ventilation, heating and cooling equipment in Panama. AC S.A pays royalties for use of IP owned by the parent company of the AC Group. Following a audit carried out by the Tax Administration in Panama it was concluded that the profits of AC S.A 2.04% was below the arm’s length range determined by application of a TNM-method. After removing non-comparables from the benchmark study provided by the company, […]

Panama vs Chevron Panama Fuels Limited, October 2019, Administrative Court of Appeals, Case no 1060 (559-19)

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The Transfer Pricing Department of the General Directorate of Revenue of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, through Resolution 201-1429 of 24 October 2014, decided to sanction the taxpayer Chevron Products Antilles, LTD, now Chevron Panama Fuels Limited, with a fine of one million balboas (B/. 1,000,000.00), for failure to file the Transfer Pricing Report-Form 930 for the 2012 tax period. As a result of the issuance of the resolution mentioned in the previous paragraph, […]

Panama vs “Oil Export S.A”, May 2019, Administrative Tribunal, TAT-RF-057

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“Oil Export S.A” Panama, was issued a fine of $ 1 mill. for not filing Transfer Pricing Report – Form 930 – for the fiscal year 2012. Article 762-I of the Tax Code in Panama establishes that “Failure to submit the report shall be sanctioned with a fine equivalent to 1% of the total amount of the operations with related parties. For the calculation of the fine, the gross amount of the operations shall be […]

Panama vs Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Panama), S.A., November 2017, Administrative Tax Court, Case No TAT-RF-087

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In this case the Tax Court analyses the application of clause 10 (2) of the DTA between Panama and Luxembourg. The case originated in an assessment issued 26 November 2014 by the Directorate General of Revenue through which the tax administration denied the application of the aforementioned clause, understanding that the dividends distributed by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Panama), S.A. a company with tax residence in Panama, to its shareholder BBVA Luxinvest, S.A. did not […]