Korea vs “Semicon-sales”, June 2022, Tax Court, Case No 2020-서-2311

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A Korean subsidiary (“Semicon-sales”) of a foreign group was active in distribution and sales of semiconductors for the automotive and industrial industry.

Following an audit, the tax authorities found that the subsidiary had purchased semiconductors from a foreign affiliated company at a higher price than the arm’s length price. An assessment was issued where the the sum of the difference between the arm’s length price and the reported price had been included in the taxable income for FY 2015-2018.

Both “Semicon-sales” and the tax authorities had applied the TNMM to find the arm’s length price, but the tax authorities had rejected the comparables selected by “Semicon” and replaced them with others.

Not satisfied with the assessment “Semicon-sales” filed an appeal.

Judgement of the Court

The court remanded the case with an order to exclude from the benchmark comparables where the sales volume is significantly different from that of the “Semicon-sales”.

Since the proportion of the taxpayers transactions with large companies is significant, the transaction stage, sales volume, customer, business environment should also be taken into consideration.

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