Tag: Intra-group services

Services provided by a group company to another affiliated company. The cost of general services such as management, administrative and similar services may be often allocated among the various members of the group without any profit mark-up, whereas services performed in the ordinary course of business are subject to arm’s length conditions.

Poland vs Shared Service Center, February 2020, Administrative Court, SA/PO 935/19

Poland vs Shared Service Center, February 2020, Administrative Court, SA/PO 935/19

A shared service center in Poland both provided intra-group services to the group and in doing so also received and paid for services from other group companies. At issue was payments for the services that the Shared Service Center in Poland received. Under some circumstances intra-group service costs are non-deductible in Poland according to local anti-avoidance provisions aimed at base eroding payments, and according to the tax authorities the payments for intra group services received by the Shared Service Center were non-deductible according to these anti-avoidance provisions. The tax authorities had considered that the payments for the received services were non-deductible according to these provisions. Court decision Service costs that are directly connected with provision of services that generate income, and are included in the base for remuneration of the services provided are deductable and thus not covered by the non-deduction provisions. The Company’s revenues in connection with the support provided to related entities (domestic and foreign) was calculated based ... Continue to full case
Finland vs Corp, September 2017, HFD:2017:145

Finland vs Corp, September 2017, HFD:2017:145

Ruling by the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court on enterprise resource planning and intra-group services arrangements. A Oyj had provided its subsidiaries with supply chain services, marketing and brand management services as well as personnel and computer services. The services offered by A Plc mainly consisted in the coordination and harmonization of the Group’s operations. A’s turnover consisted almost exclusively of the service fees received from the sale of these administrative services. As a service charge, A Oyj had charged the amount of the costs incurred in producing the services without the amount of the bonus. On the basis of the tax audit findings, the Tax Administration has added to the taxed income of A plc with ex post taxation and tax corrections to the detriment of the taxpayer the sums equivalent to seven percent payables. The amount of the bonus was established on the basis of a comparison of the Bureau van Dijk Amadeus database with the tax audit. As ... Continue to full case
India vs. Gemplus India Pvt. Ltd. March 2009, ITA case no. 352

India vs. Gemplus India Pvt. Ltd. March 2009, ITA case no. 352

Gemplus India Pvt. Ltd. is a part of the Gemplus group, engaged in providing smart card solutions for the telecommunications industry, financial services industry and other e-businesses. The company entered into a intra group management services agreement for receipt of services in marketing and sales support, customer service support, finance, accounting and administration support and legal support. The tax administration found there was no clear proof that such services had actually been rendered. There was no specific benefit derived by the Indian company. Gemplus India Pvt. Ltd. had not established the benefit of these services and had already incurred expenses towards professional and consultancy services and employed qualified personnel in India for rendering similar services. The Appellate Tribunal decided the case in favour of Revenue. To satisfy the arm’s-length standard, a charge for intra group services or intangibles must at least meet the following conditions: • The need for intra group services or intangibles is established. • The intra group ... Continue to full case