Taiwan vs Goodland, February 2020, Supreme Administrative Court, Case No 147 of 109

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Goodland Taiwan had sold 7 machines to a local buyer via a related party in Hongkong thus avoiding taxes on sales profits.

The transaction had been audited by the Taiwanese tax administration and an assessment issued.

Goodland brought the case to court.

The Supreme Administrative court dismissed the appeal and upheld the assessment.

The appeal alleges that the original judgment failed to conduct an investigation, but does not specify what the original judgment found to be wrong or what specific legal norm was violated. In fact, Article 2 of the Regulations Governing the Recognition of Income from Controlled Foreign Enterprises by Profit-making Enterprises, as cited in the appeal, states that Article 3 and Article 4, paragraph 2, of the Regulations Governing the Recognition of Income from Controlled Foreign Enterprises and the Unusual Transfer Pricing Check for Business Enterprises, as cited in the appeal, are all specific to the income tax law and may not be consistent with the judgment of related parties under the business tax law. In addition, in this case, the U.S. and local companies are at least covered by the fact that the income tax of the business is not in compliance with the requirements of Article 3 and Article 4(2) of the regular transfer pricing audit. The method of recognizing the income of a controlled foreign enterprise is based on the premise that there is a difference between domestic and foreign income tax liabilities, and is not related to the determination of related parties under business tax law. It is difficult to argue that the original decision did not apply these provisions and that the application of the law was incorrect or that the reasons for the decision were inadequate.
As to the statement in the appeal that “the factual findings of the original judgment are contrary to the law of civil contracts”, the reasoning of the appeal is that “the original judgment is contrary to the law of civil contracts”.
It is not clear what the specific breach of the law is, as the argument is brief and vague and lacks a complete legal reasoning.
3. In conclusion, the original decision is clear and detailed and there is nothing that can be said to be unlawful. The grounds of appeal, as set forth in the original judgment, are only general allegations of the application of the law, but not specific allegations of “inapplicability of the law”, “improper application of the law”, or “the circumstances listed in Article 243, Paragraph 2 of the Administrative Procedure Law”. In accordance with the preceding provisions and explanations, the appeal should be considered unlawful

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