Tag: Transfer of profits abroad

France vs. Piaggio, October 2019, Conseil dÉtat, Case No. 418817

France vs. Piaggio, October 2019, Conseil dÉtat, Case No. 418817

Following a restructuring of the Italien Piaggio group, SAS Piaggio France by a contract dated January 2 2007, was changed from an exclusive distributor of vehicles of the “Piaggio” brand in France to a commercial agent for its Italian parent company. The tax authorities held that this change had resulted in a transfer without payment for the customers and applied the provisions of article 57 of the general tax code (the arm’s length principle). A tax assessment was issued whereby the taxable income of SAS Piaggio France was added a profit of 7.969.529 euros on the grounds that the change in the contractual relations between the parties had resultet in a transfer of customers for which an independent party would have been paid. The Judgement of the Court The court helt in favor of the tax authorities and added an additional profit of 7.969.529 to the taxable income of the SaS Piaggio France for the transfer of customers to the ... Continue to full case
France vs GE Healthcare Clinical Systems, June 2018, CE n° 409645

France vs GE Healthcare Clinical Systems, June 2018, CE n° 409645

In this case, the French tax authorities questioned the method implemented by GE Healthcare Clinical Systems to determine the purchase price of the equipment it was purchasing from other General Electric subsidiaries in the United States, Germany and Finland for distribution in France. The method used by the GE Group for determining the transfer prices was to apply a margin of 5% to all direct and indirect production costs borne by the foreign group suppliers. For the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 the tax authorities applied a TNM-method based on a study of twenty-six comparable companies. The operating results of GE Healthcare France was then determined by multiplying the median value of the ratio “operating result/turnover” from the benchmark study to the turnover in GE Healthcare Clinical Systems. The additional profit was declared and qualified as constituting an indirect transfer of profits to the related party suppliers in the General Electric Group. The GE Group disagreed and brought the case ... Continue to full case
France vs SA Borsumij Whery France, Feb 1997, Adm Court of appeal, No 94PA00511

France vs SA Borsumij Whery France, Feb 1997, Adm Court of appeal, No 94PA00511

The administration found that the reimbursement of a charge represented a transfer of profits abroad where the French company has not substantiated the benefit of the services which the French company could perform itself. The submission of incomplete documents was deemed to be insufficient. This analysis was confirmed by the French Supreme Tax Court. Click here for translation France vs SA Borsumij Whery France, Feb 1997, Adm Court of appeal, ... Continue to full case