Based on the facts of the case, we carried out an in depth PE and POEM analysis and provided a few mitigation strategies to our client.
Given that POEM regulation were recently introduced in India, we carried out a detailed research on old case laws and took the help of a few foreign case laws to identify whether the client has any POEM exposure in India. We also carried out a detailed analysis of the draft guidelines on POEM issued by the Indian tax authorities and provided detailed insights along with various do’s and don’ts for mitigating the POEM exposure.
Furthermore, we also advised the client on maintaining documentation to substantiate the fact that management decision are in fact taken outside India.
In respect of PE exposure in India, we conducted a research on various case laws and tax commentaries and provided a detailed opinion on Agency PE risk in India. We also suggested that in the given set of facts, it would be possible to argue that the Indian company is an independent agent as it is carrying out indenting activities for various customers and hence, Agency PE would not be triggered.
Based on our experience of handling similar cases, we provided various do’s and don’ts to mitigate the Dependent Agency PE (DAPE) risk in India. Nexdigm also suggested that as a last resort, the company should be remunerated at arm’s length in order to avoid any additional attribution of profits even in the case an Agency PE is constituted. We also suggested that robust transfer pricing documentation should be maintained to substantiate the fact that the agent is remunerated at arm’s length.