France vs. Banca di Roma, Dec. 2010. CAA no 08PA05096

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In the Banca di Roma case, the Court of Appeals reiterated that the FTA is not allowed to decide whether a business is to be financed through debt or equity.

The terms of Article 57 of the French Tax Code (FTC) do not have the purpose, nor the effect, of allowing the administration to assess the ‘normal’ nature of the choice made by a foreign company to finance through a loan, rather than equity, the activity of an owned or controlled French company, and to deduce, if the need arises, tax consequences (cf. Article 212 of the FTC – thin capitalisation).

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