martes, 28 de agosto de 2007

Uncertain Taxes in China

There is a very interesting article entitled "China's Uncertain Tax Positions" posted by

"Donald Compton of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP just had published a nice introduction to some of the tax issues likely to confront multinational companies doing business in China. The article is entitled, "China: Determining Uncertain Tax Positions In China," [free subscription may be required] and its focus is on what such companies need to do to comply with Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 48.

The introduction to the article nicely summarizes the article itself:
By now many multinational companies have begun the process of addressing how Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. 48 ("FIN 48") will apply to their global business. The challenge in understanding the FIN 48 implications for tax planning and local country compliance issues in foreign jurisdictions will be significant. FIN 48 requires companies to ascertain, evaluate, and conclude on discrete tax risks. Companies must not only account for the interest and penalties on these conclusions, but must also adhere to a new disclosure regime.

Companies may not have the wherewithal to fully appreciate the implications of their tax posture due to many factors, including lack of knowledge, time constraints, resource constraints, quality of the past compliance filings, and insufficient mechanisms to gather data. Many issues, including documentation, transfer pricing, arbitrary enforcement and inconsistent interpretation by regulators, are common in many jurisdictions, although each jurisdiction may have its own particular twist.
For companies operating in China, the tax planning environment creates another level of complex Uncertain Tax Positions ("UTPs") analysis. This complexity arises because many companies have negotiated at the provincial and local levels to reduce the national statutory rate, plus there are numerous local incentive regimes. This article provides the author's perspective on UTPs in China and suggests some areas that companies currently or potentially operating in China should consider."