Publication Date: 12/08/2011
Corporate losses raise compliance risks if aggressive tax planning is used as a means of increasing or accelerating tax relief in ways not intended by the legislator, or to generate artificial losses. This report describes the size of loss carry-forwards, the rules applicable in relation to losses, and identifies the following risk areas: corporate reorganisations, financial instruments and non-arm’s length transfer pricing. After having summarised aggressive tax planning schemes on losses, as well as country detection and response strategies, it offers a number of conclusions and recommendation for tax administration and tax policy officials.
Chapter 1. Size of Corporate Tax Losses
Chapter 2. Policy Issues in the Tax Treatment of Losses
Chapter 3. Country Rules on Corporate Tax Losses
Chapter 4. Schemes Involving Tax Losses
Chapter 5. Strategies for Detecting Schemes Involving Tax Losses
Chapter 6. Strategies for Responding to Schemes Involving Tax Losses
Conclusions and Recommendations
Annex A. Graphs showing size of loss carry forwards compared to loss carry forwards as a percentage of GDP for ten countries
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