In its application, the applicant determines the content of the APA. The application must define the scope of both time and substance. In addition, it is worth mentioning the other countries with which a pre-agreement on transfer pricing is to be concluded. If an applicant requests a multilateral APA (with more than two participating states), the APA consists of several bilateral APAs. Companies that wish to avoid the threat of double economic taxation in advance can apply for an APA. In Germany, the Bundeszentralamt for Steuern (BZSt) is responsible for the implementation of these procedures. Applications to open an APA can therefore be filed directly with the BZSt. AAAs find their legal basis – as a matter of sense – in double taxation conventions (DBAs), in the respective articles on mutual agreement procedures. Germany has concluded DBA with more than 90 countries in the world.
Most of these DBAs follow the OECD`s draft international agreement. The provisions on mutual agreement procedures are set out in Article 25, paragraphs 1 to 3, of the OECD Model Convention. Upon receipt of the application, the BZSt verifies that all conditions (including the applicant`s agreement not to challenge the fees) for the execution of an APP procedure are met. An APP procedure is only implemented if the application is admissible and justified. Jurisdiction of the BZSt for Mutual Agreement, Arbitration and APA Procedures The APA aims to define tax debt between two or more states for a specified future period. The partners in the advanced transfer pricing procedure are therefore the contracting states concerned. However, the applicant is regularly informed of the status of the procedure and the status of the procedure. Under German law, a pre-price agreement (APA) is a combination of a prior agreement between the federal states on the transfer price between internationally linked companies and an expanded obligation based on it. At the end of the APA, the participating countries determine the method of transfer pricing to be applied for a fixed period in the future between the related companies or certain parts of the companies concerned.