Tag: Quoted commodity prices

Latvia vs SIA Severstal Distribution, December 2021, Administrative Court of Appeal, Case No A420576312, SKA-314/2021

Latvia vs SIA Severstal Distribution, December 2021, Administrative Court of Appeal, Case No A420576312, SKA-314/2021

The Revenue Service had audited Severstal Distribution for FY 2008-2009 and found that the company had purchased metal products from related companies at prices above market prices. An assessment was issued where reported losses for 2009 were reduced. During the audit, Severstal Distribution indicated to the tax authorities that it had used the transactional net margin method to determine the price of its controlled transactions. However, later the company also stated that it had used the CUP method (quated steel prices from the SBB database). Severstal Distribution Ltd filed an appeal with the Administrative Regional Court. In a decision of 2019 the appeal was dismissed and the assessment of additional income upheld. An appeal was then filed by Severstal Distribution Ltd with the Administrative Court of Appeal. The issue to be examined by the Administrative Court of Appeal was whether the Revenue Service correctly determined Severstal Distribution’s income subject to corporate income tax by applying the arm’s length provisions in ... Read more
Colombia vs Carbones El Tesoro S.A., September 2021, Administrative Court, Case No. 22352

Colombia vs Carbones El Tesoro S.A., September 2021, Administrative Court, Case No. 22352

At issue is the selection of the most appropriate transfer pricing method for sale of coal mined by Carbones El Tesoro S.A. in Colombia to its related party abroad, Glencore International AG. Carbones El Tesoro S.A. had determined the transfer price by application of the TNMM method. The tax authorities found that the most appropriate method for pricing the transactions was the CUP method. To that end, the tax authorities applied a database (McCloskey price list) in which the price, was determined by referring to a good similar to that traded (thermal coal) and to the Btus (British Thermal Unit) thereof. On 29 April 2011, the Settlement Management Division of the Barranquilla Regional Tax Directorate issued an assessment by which it modified the income tax return for the taxable year 2007, in the sense of disregarding as a net loss for the year the amount of $30. 509.961.000 and imposed a penalty for inaccuracy of $16.597.418.784, based on the questioning ... Read more
Russia vs Lesprom Forestry Company, May 2017, Appeal Court, Case No. A29-7607/2016

Russia vs Lesprom Forestry Company, May 2017, Appeal Court, Case No. A29-7607/2016

Lesprom Forestry Company had sold sand and construction services to a related party, Road Company LLC. The tax authority concluded that the Company had created a tax avoidance scheme aimed at artificially underestimating the income on transactions with Road Company LLC. The price for sand and construction work was revised and tax liabilities on income tax and VAT recalculated. Determining the arm’s length price of sand An official website of the Federal State Statistics Service posted information on the average prices of manufacturers of industrial goods… [however] this statistical information does not contain the physical characteristics of the product and the terms for its sale. Therefore this information could not be used. The minimum and maximum gross margin amounted to: 14.25 and 27.04 in 2012, 2.39 and 6.57 in 2013, and 3.04 and 25.58 in 2014. The gross profitability received by Road Company LLC in 2013-2014, was significantly above the arm’s length range of gross margins, 51.87% and 73.55%, respectively.” ... Read more
Ecuador vs JFC Ecuador S.A., November 2014, National Court, Case No. 488-2012

Ecuador vs JFC Ecuador S.A., November 2014, National Court, Case No. 488-2012

JFC Ecuador is active in coordination and logistic operations for the transfer of Ecuadorian fruit to related parties in the Russian JFC Group. Following an audit the tax authorities issued an assessment where the prices of these transactions had been determined based on quoted prices issued by the authorities in the SOPISCO NEWS database. However, according to JFC Ecuador, SOPISCO NEWS does not correspond to a publicly available international trade exchange or price database. On the contrary, it is a bulletin that lists quotations that involve price estimates, established through unidentified sources. The price quotations listed by SOPISCO NEWS correspond to prices that the bulletin presumes were agreed upon by companies that have carried out the management and marketing and sales for the placement of the product, while JFC Ecuador did not carry out such activities. Judgment of the Court The Court concludes that the use of the SOPISCO NEWS database by the Tax Administration, as it is an internationally ... Read more