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Transfer Pricing: Policy and Practice

Transfer Pricing: Policy and Practice
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Transfer pricing is the most challenging issue in international tax today, creating controversy and frustrations for both taxpayers and tax administrators.

This weeklong program provides tax administrators with insight into the complex world of transfer pricing, allowing government officials to develop sound transfer pricing rules that balance the needs of government and business, and to use their limited resources efficiently and effectively in auditing taxpayers. The program also gives private sector tax professionals insight into the perspective of tax examiners.


Background/Business Operations

  • Why transfer pricing is important: economic and tax policy issues
  • Structure of multinational corporations
  • Operation of global supply chains
  • How companies set prices
  • Digital commerce
  • Development and use of intellectual property
  • Tax policies to guide transfer pricing

Transfer Pricing Principles

  • Traditional methods for setting prices
  • Transactional methods for setting prices
  • Simplified methods
  • Safe harbors
  • Use of databases
  • UN and OECD guidelines

Transfer Pricing Administration

  • Transfer pricing documentation
  • Coordination of tax rules with customs valuation
  • Advanced pricing agreements
  • Treaty-based dispute resolution

Who should attend

This program is for individuals working in tax policy and tax administration, either as government officials or in the private sector with corporate taxpayers and advisory firms.


Peter A. Barnes recently retired from General Electric, where he was Senior Tax Counsel – International. In that capacity, he supported GE and its affiliates on tax matters throughout the Asia-Pacific region and worked on global initiatives such as transfer pricing. From 1994 to 1997 he was bas...


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