TPED / Publications

TPED publications cover primarily the economics of transfer pricing relevant to emerging and developing countries, and range from responses to calls for comments by international institutions to publications in transfer pricing or academic journals.

TPED President Sébastien Gonnet presented on the subject of the lack of comparables in Africa. He presented a proposed process for selecting foreign comparables in the absence of domestic comparables. Within this process, the country risk is a key comparability factor and the proposition involves selecting comparables from countries with similar risk profiles (and cost of doing business), proxied by the country rating. The conference was also the occasion to announce the publication in December 2019 of a Paper on the subject. The Paper is a response to the call for Research on comparables by the Platform of Cooperation on Tax (IMF, OECD, UN, WBG).

The tax challenges of the digitalisation of the economy were identified as one of the main areas of focus of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan.

In light of the high stakes and the need for a clear direction, the OECD Secretariat has developed a “Unified Approach” which is outlined in the document named “Secretariat Proposal for a Unified Approach under Pillar One”.

Ednaldo Silva, Founder of RoyaltyStat, also a member of TPED, published Location Savings Adjustments to Profits in Journal of International Business and Economics (Silva, Location Savings Adjustments to Profits, JIBE, Volume 19 n°1 19 – It follows the publication of Silva, Pygmalion Comparables: Why Data from the “Center” Does Not Apply for “Periphery”, BNA Tax 23/2015, 1 (1 et seq)

TPED issued comments after the release by The Platform For Collaboration on Tax of the Draft on the Taxation of Offshore Indirect Transfers.

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax is a joint effort launched in April 2016 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The Platform is designed to intensify the co-operation between these International Organisations (IOs) on tax issues.