CBDT signs 95 Advance Pricing Agreements in FY23
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 95 Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) in FY 2022-23 with Indian taxpayers, the highest ever APA signings in any financial year since the launch of the APA programme.
This includes 63 Unilateral APAs (UAPAs) and 32 Bilateral APAs (BAPAs). With this, the total number of APAs since inception of the APA programme has gone up to 516, comprising 420 UAPAs and 96 BAPAs.
“The BAPAs were signed as a consequence of entering into Mutual Agreements with India’s treaty partners namely Finland, the UK, the US, Denmark, Singapore, and Japan,” CBDT said in a statement issued Friday.
A record of the largest number of single day signings in the history of the programme was also created with a total of 21 APAs signed on 24th March, 2023.
The signing of bilateral APAs additionally provides the taxpayers with protection from any anticipated or actual double taxation.
The APA Scheme endeavours to provide certainty to taxpayers in the domain of transfer pricing by specifying the methods of pricing and determining the arm’s length price of international transactions in advance for a maximum of five future years.
Further, the taxpayer has the option to rollback the APA for four preceding years, as a result of which, tax certainty is provided for nine years.
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