February 24, 2023
Cyprus Tax Authority issues FAQs on new transfer pricing legislation
Following the enactment of the transfer pricing legislation,1 the Cypriot Tax Authority has issued a number of FAQs with effect as of 1 January 2022, providing guidance with respect to the transfer pricing (TP) documentation requirements as introduced in Article 33 of the Income Tax Law.
On 10 February 2023, the Cyprus Tax Authority released a set of FAQs which addresses a number of aspects relating to the application of the new TP legislation that is effective as of 1 January 2022.
One of the main points addressed relates to the revocation of the Interpretive Circular 3 (dated 30 June 2017) on back-to-back financing arrangements. The revocation is effective as from 1 January 2022, as announced in the Circular issued on 5 January 2023.
The following eight FAQs are addressed and published on Tax Department's website.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the controlled transactions in category "A" cumulatively exceed €750,000 or shall exceed €750,000 on the basis of the arm's-length principle as described in article 33(9)(a) of the Income Tax Law (ITL), and at the same time the controlled transactions in category "B" cumulatively do not exceed the €750,000 threshold in a tax year, is there an obligation to include the controlled transactions of category "B" in the Cyprus Local File?
How is the €750,000 threshold determined in the context of rental income activities during each tax year?
The threshold is determined by reference to the total rental income on the basis of the arm's-length principle in a tax year.
Do purchases and sales need to be aggregated for the purposes of assessing whether the threshold has been exceeded?
Yes, the threshold refers to the absolute values of the controlled transactions for each category occurring in a tax year. For example, if total purchases and total sales amount to €400,000 and €500,000, respectively, the cumulative amount in this category is €900,000. Therefore, the threshold in this category has been exceeded.
Are the Cyprus Local File and Summary Information Table prepared using the tax year or the accounting year of the company?
The Cyprus Local File and Summary Information Table are prepared with respect to the tax year.
Under which category of the Summary Information Table should financial guarantees be reported?
Financial guarantees should be reported under the category "Financial Transactions."
Should a benchmarking study be prepared every tax year, or only if something changes with regards to the intra group loans?
Who is responsible for the completion and submission of the summary information table?
Is the circular dated 30 June 2017 with title "Tax treatment of intra group back-to-back financing transactions" still applicable following the enactment of the new TP legislation and regulations?
The back-to-back circular was revoked as from 1 January 2022.
For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:
EY Cyprus Advisory Services Limited, Transfer Pricing Services, Limassol
1 See EY Global Tax Alert, Cyprus introduces transfer pricing rules and documentation requirements, dated 1 July 2022.