Several pieces of legislation—the Finance Act for 2016 and the Amended Finance Act for 2015, among other legislation—were published in the official journal on 30 December 2015.
The Finance Act for 2016 enacts a country-by-country reporting requirement (Article 223 C of the French general tax code) in accordance with Action 13 of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. These reports will be subject to an automatic exchange between countries.
This country-by-country declaration aims at reinforcing the transfer pricing documentary obligations of multinational groups. Two types of companies are subject to this declaration.
The country-by-country report must include a breakdown, by country, of the group's earnings and aggregate economic accounting and information on the location and activities of the different members and entities of the group. The format of the report, which would be based on the international standard, is to be defined and established by a separate decree (to be published within the four months of 2016). The report must be filed in the electronic form for each fiscal year.
A failure to produce the report would be subject to a penalty in an amount up to €100,000. Omissions or inaccuracies in the report would be subject to a penalty in an amount of €15 per omission or inaccuracy, with the total amount of such penalties not being less than €60 or more than €10,000.
The new country-by-country reporting requirements apply to fiscal years opened on or after 1 January 2016. Accordingly, the first reports are to be filed by the end of 2017 and automatically exchanged between the countries in 2018.
Tax professionals with Fidal* note that the constitutionality of this measure was challenged before the French Constitutional Council which, on 29 December 2015, found that the country-by-country reporting measure complies with the French Constitution.
The Finance Act for 2016 specifies the content and terms of an annual transfer pricing declaration, pursuant to Article 223 B of the French tax code.
In consolidated tax group, it is now the parent company that is required to file this declaration—both for itself and for each of its subsidiaries that are members of the tax group. In addition, the information entries of the transfer pricing declaration are specified in accordance with the existing administrative guidelines.
The Finance Act for 2016 also provides that the declaration must now be filed electronically. These new measures apply to transfer pricing declarations that are required to be filed on or after 1 January 2016.
For more information, contact a tax professional at Fidal* in Paris:
Olivier Ferrari | +33 (0)1 55 68 14 76 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivier Schmitt | +33 (0)1 55 68 15 92 | email@example.com
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