Tag: Chemicals

Italy vs BASF Italia s.p.a., June 2022, Supreme Court, Cases No 19728/2022

Italy vs BASF Italia s.p.a., June 2022, Supreme Court, Cases No 19728/2022

The German BASF group is active in the chemical industry and has subsidiaries all over the world including Italy. In FY 2006 BASF Italia s.p.a. was served with two notices of assessment by the tax authorities. The tax assessments formulated three findings. 1. non-deductibility of the cancellation deficit – arising from the merger by incorporation of Basf Agro s.p.a. into Basf Italia s.p.a., resolved on 27 April 2004 – which the acquiring company had allocated to goodwill, the amortisation portions of which had been deducted in tenths and then, from 2005, in eighteenths. The Office had denied the deductibility on the ground that the company, in the declaration submitted electronically, had not expressly requested, as required by Article 6(4) of Legislative Decree No. 358 of 8 October 1997, the tax recognition of the greater value of goodwill recorded in the balance sheet to offset the loss from cancellation, as allowed by paragraphs 1 and 2 of the same provision. Moreover, ... Read more
Costa Rica vs Reca Química S.A., December 2017, Supreme Court, Case No 01586 - 2017

Costa Rica vs Reca Química S.A., December 2017, Supreme Court, Case No 01586 – 2017

Reca Química is active in industrial production of paints and synthetic resins. Its parent company is H.B. Fuller which is based in the United States. According to the “Transfer Pricing Policy” set by the parent company of the group and in place since 1992, a 10% margin on sales was applied to inventory transferred between affiliates. However, during the fiscal periods 2003 and 2004, the parent company changed the policy so that sales to related companies abroad were to be made with a profit margin of only 5%, while for local affiliates and independent parties, the margin would be 10%. The tax administration issued an assessment in which the margin of all the controlled transactions was set at 10% resulting in additional taxable income of ¢185,827,941.00. According to the tax administration the 5% margin was not even enough to cover the operating expenses for the transactions in question. In 2015 the Administrative Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Reca ... Read more
Costa Rica vs Reca Química, September 2015, Administrative Court, Case No 00147 - 2015 Case File 11-006793-1027-CA

Costa Rica vs Reca Química, September 2015, Administrative Court, Case No 00147 – 2015 Case File 11-006793-1027-CA

Reca Química is active in industrial production of paints and synthetic resins. Its parent company is H.B. Fuller which is based in the United States. According to the “Transfer Pricing Policy” set by the parent company and in place since 1992, a 10% margin on sales was applied to inventory transferred between affiliates. However, during the fiscal periods 2003 and 2004, the parent company changed the policy so that sales to related companies abroad were to be made with a profit margin of only 5%, while for local affiliates and independent parties, the margin would be 10%. The tax administration issued an assessment in which the margin of all the controlled transactions was set at 10% resulting in additional taxable income of ¢185,827,941.00. According to the tax administration the 5% margin was not even enough to cover the operating expenses for the transactions in question. Judgement of the Administrative Court The court ruled in favour of Reca Quimica due to ... Read more
India vs SC Enviro Agro India Pvt. Ltd, 2012, November 2012, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, ITA Nos.2057 & 2058

India vs SC Enviro Agro India Pvt. Ltd, 2012, November 2012, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, ITA Nos.2057 & 2058

SC Enviro Agro India is a manufacturer of household insecticides and pesticides and had entered into a technology license agreement with a related party – SCCL Japan – and it also purchases the requirement of intermediates from the said company only.  In the years in question, it has purchased intermediates and sold the products to the entities that approved by the SCCL. One of the company to whom most of the products were sold was SCI, a 100% subsidiary of SCCL. In the transfer pricing report SC Enviro Agro India stated that the arrangement with SCCL and SCI was in the nature of contract manufacturing. Following an audit, the tax authorities accepted the price paid/received as arm’s length price for purchase of insecticides and pesticides, intermediates from SCCL and sale of insecticides and pesticides to SCI. But in regards of the royalty payment of 5% to SCCL as per the technology license agreement, the authorities were of the opinion that since ... Read more