The global transfer pricing documentation rules


Updated on  13 April, 2022


In the public perception international tax issues have never been so much in focus as within the last few years. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is to be expected that internationally represented groups of companies and their intra-group business relationships will once again become increasingly the focus of national tax authorities. In order to keep track of transfer pricing documentation requirements worldwide in these turbulent times, Rödl & Partner's international transfer pricing group offers a bilingual overview of 62 countries with the most important information on documentation requirements and deadlines.


Current challenges of transfer pricing documentation

Events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or political and military conflicts have a lasting impact on the global economy. In particular, the accompanying changes to intra-group supply chains and service relationships in internationally active groups of companies have a major impact on transfer pricing for tax purposes. This makes it all the more important to have timely, transparent documentation and sufficient justification of business decisions, which are often due to external influences, in order to justify adjustments in the area of transfer pricing to the tax authorities.

More precise and useful information for transfer pricing risk assessments and audits

BEPS Action 13 deals with enhancing transparency for tax administrations by providing them with adequate information to assess high-level transfer pricing (“BEPS Action 13: Re-examine Transfer Pricing Documentation”). The three-tier approach comprising Master File, Local File and Country-by-Country Reporting has been made an integral part of the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines since July 2017. Many legislators in the meantime implemented the OECD proposal in full or at least in part into national law.

National implementation status: OECD Master File Concept and CbC-Reporting

BEPS Action 13 state of implementation in selected countries

International duty to cooperate as important compliance task 

In view of the transfer pricing documentation and country-specific reporting obligations regulated on national level, it is hardly surprising that the process of determining individual reporting obligations binding on internationally operating groups will itself take a lot of effort and give rise to uncertainty in some cases. However, knowledge of the implementation status in the respective country is an important compliance task for the transfer pricing management within international corporate groups, in particular in order to avoid formal errors, and thus a first point of criticism regarding the usability of documentation, especially in the course of the increasing transparency of taxation.

 OECD Master File Concept and CbC-Reporting: International documentation obligations

To offer companies an insight into the national implementation of the OECD Master File concept and CbC-Reporting in different countries, the international transfer pricing group of Rödl & Partner has prepared a bilingual overview of more than 62 countries. The aim of this publication is to offer you guidance.


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