Bloomberg Tax Quotes Elizabeth Stevens on New IRS Instructions For Advance Pricing Agreements

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The Internal Revenue Service on Monday released instructions for its staff on handling requests for advance pricing agreements.

IRS officials have been publicly discussing such a plan for the last year. The guidance describes a more selective approach to granting requests for APAs, agreements that are highly desirable to companies because they provide certainty over their transfer pricing.

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“APMA has said publicly that it has no intent to reduce the number of APAs accepted into the program,” said Elizabeth Stevens, a Member at Caplin & Drysdale. “Maybe that’s so, and they’re simply spelling out transparently the analytical framework that they’ve been applying. But this sure reads like a menu of ways to say ‘no’ to a taxpayer’s APA request.”

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