In November 2011, the Steering Committee of the OECD Global Forum on Transfer Pricing undertook a project on transfer pricing risk assessment. The objective of this project was to produce a practical handbook that provides clear and detailed steps countries can take to assess the transfer pricing risk presented by an individual taxpayer’s operations. The handbook is intended to be sufficiently detailed that it can serve as a manual for both developing and developed countries to use in conducting transfer pricing risk assessments.
The new Draft Handbook on Transfer Pricing Risk Assessment, produced by the Steering Committee of the OECD Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, is a detailed, practical resource that countries can follow in developing their own risk assessment approaches. This handbook supplements useful materials already available with respect to transfer pricing risk assessment. Individual country tax administrations have published information on their risk assessment practices. The OECD Forum on Tax Administration published a report entitled "Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing" in January 2012. One chapter of that report addresses transfer pricing risk assessment.
Interested parties are invited to provide comments on this Draft Handbook on Transfer Pricing Risk Assessment in Word format toTransferPricing@oecd.org by 13 September 2013. Unless otherwise indicated by the commentators at the time of submission, the comments received may be posted on the OECD website.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.