Our international tax attorneys have been engaged in transfer pricing matters for many years with a primary focus on finding transfer pricing solutions to specific client needs that we are confident can be successfully presented to global tax authorities. Foley's team includes lawyers well versed in experience handling transfer pricing planning and controversy matters internationally as well. We take a common sense approach to managing major tax planning and controversies.
An emerging issue for all multinational entities is the rapidly expanding use of permanent establishment theories by tax authorities seeking to increase the tax base of their countries. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development revised many of the pertinent treaty commentaries to facilitate such theories and has even proposed a new approach to permanent establishment matters altogether. These developments have been used opportunistically for some time by certain OECD member countries, and are now used by many nonmember source countries. Our team stays ahead of these developments so that we are ready to efficiently address permanent establishment issues.
Our team is at the forefront of a new practice area - the interface with financial accounting developed as a result of the enactment of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act and the efforts of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FIN 48) to prevent inappropriate manipulation of taxation matters to achieve desired financial accounting results. In this new world, auditors are understandably vigilant in evaluating the controls and uncertain tax positions of their clients. However, we often find that auditors challenge their clients on tax issues that could have a material impact on the financial statement and may also propose a material adjustment which would impact client earnings. In such contexts, we are routinely asked to join in the discussion and broker an agreement between auditor and client. In certain cases, we are asked to seek advance agreement with respect to the issue. Our in-house tax leadership and accounting firm experience enables us to develop optimal solutions based on the needs of our clients. Discussions with auditors will be critical elements of future tax authority examinations. Our experience in handling such examinations frames our interface with auditors.