CBDT signs 18 APAs
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 18 APAs in the month of March 2019, which includes three Bilateral APAs (BAPAs).
The progress of the APA scheme strengthens the Government’s resolve of fostering a non-adversarial tax regime, said the Finance Ministry on 3 April 2019.
The Indian APA programme has been appreciated nationally and internationally for being able to address complex transfer pricing issues in a fair and transparent manner.
With the signing of latest APAs as end of March 2019, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT in the year 2018-19 stands at 52, which includes 11 BAPAs.
The total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT as of now stands at 271, which inter alia includes 31 BAPAs.
The BAPAs entered into during March 2019 were with the following treaty partners – Australia – 1, Netherlands – 1 and the USA – 1.
The BAPAs and Unilateral APAs (UAPAs) entered into during March pertain to various sectors and sub-sectors of the economy like anti-friction bearings, risk management solutions platforms, BPO, IT/ITeS, ATMs, industrial and institutional cleaning and hygiene products, etc.
The International Transactions covered in all these Agreements, inter alia, include the following:
provision of software development services;
back office engineering support service;
provision of back office (ITeS) support services;
provision of marketing support services;
payment of royalty for use of technology and brand;
payment of interest.