Prolab Nutrition Europe (TC00269): the customs value of goods for import duties includes any royalties and licence fees paid as a condition of sale (Article 29(1)/Article 32(1) of Council Regulation 2913/92 (the Community Customs Code). The court held that payments for exclusive distribution rights are not royalties or licence fees for the purposes of determining customs value.
Veritas Software Corp. v. Commissioner (US case 133 TC 14): The U.S. Tax Court has held that the IRS’s $1.675bn adjustment to a cost sharing buy-in payment received by Veritas Software Corp. from an Irish affiliate was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable”.
The tax court also confirmed that Veritas’ use of the comparable uncontrolled transactions method (albeit with some adjustments imposed by the court) was the best way to calculate transfer pricing on the buy-in payment.
The UK Pre-Budget Report today had a couple of IP moments – overall potentially useful, but really just not trying hard enough. It’s another missed opportunity, doing little or nothing to support the majority of IP-focussed business.
The Treasury has today announced that the Chancellor will provide a further update on tax and innovation in the Pre-Budget Report on Wednesday 9 December 2009, and released slides (link to 1.6Mb powerpoint presentation) from a presentation to a business-government forum in late October.