Transfer pricing under Ethiopian Tax Law: Conceptual introduction & comparative analyses

Globalization and economic growth have driven inter-company transactions to new heights. It’s estimated that more than 2/3 of all business transactions worldwide occur within groups. In particular, developing countries are observing immense growth in intra-group transactions because their economies are still in the process of opening up and attracting large amounts of FDI. So, it’s of immense importance to halt challenges posed to both national & world economies through controlled transactions. In this article, I briefly discussed the conceptual introduction of transfer pricing, the arm’s length principle, transfer pricing methods recognized under OECD & UN transfer pricing guidelines, and Ethiopian tax law. Finally, I tried to address whether the Ethiopian Transfer pricing law & regulation accords or contradicts with OECD & UN transfer pricing manual.

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ያለደረሰኝ ግብይት የማከናወን ወንጀል

የዚህ ጽሑፍ ዋና ዓላማ ያለደረሰኝ ግብይት የማከናወን ወንጀል ላይ መሠረታዊ የሆነ መረዳት እንዲኖር ማድረግ እና ያለደረሰኝ ግብይት ከማከናወን ወንጀል ጋር በተያያዘ እየቀረቡ ያሉ አንዳንድ ማብራሪያዎች (commentaries) ላይ የሚስተዋሉትን ግድፈቶች ማቃናት አስፈላጊ ሆኖ በመገኘቱ ነው፡፡

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በማሻሻያ አዋጅ 1160/2011 በጉምሩክ ወንጀሎች ላይ የተደረጉ ማሻሻያዎች

አዋጅ ቁጥር-1160/2011 የጉምሩክ አዋጅ 859/2006 ማሻሻያ አዋጅ ሲሆን በዚህ አዋጅ የጉምሩክ አዋጅ 859/2006 ውስጥ ባሉት አንዳንድ ድንጋጌዎች ላይ ማሻሻያ ተደርጓል፡፡ ከተደረጉ ማሻሻያዎች በዋናነት የሚጠቀሰው በአከራካሪ የወንጀል ድንጋጌዎች ላይ የተደረገው ማሻሻያ ሲሆን በዚህ ፅሁፍ በማሻሻያ አዋጁ የተሸሩ፣የተሸሻሉና እንደ አዲስ የተካተቱ የወንጀል ድንጋጌዎች አጠር ባለመልኩ ተዳሰዋል፡፡

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Bank deposit method of proving Tax Evasion: the current litigation heresies

Tax evasion is proscribed as a crime under Art 125 of Federal Tax Administration Proclamation no-983/20081. Under this article, the law proscribes transgressions such as understatement of income (evasion of assessment), failure to file tax return with intent to evade tax and evasion of payment as offenses of tax evasion. To prove tax evasion, prosecutors must prove all ingredients of the offense, namely intent to defraud, affirmative act and evaded tax. Amongst the ingredients of crime of tax evasion, the existence or otherwise of evaded tax is a typical one. One should use evidence to identify the nature and amount of evaded tax. We can prove tax evasion both by direct and indirect evidence.

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የልዩ ምርመራ ኦዲት ግኝቶችና የወንጀል ውጤታቸው

“I CAN’T DEFINE TAX EVASION, BUT I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT.”

— FRED T. GOLDBERG JR.

የታክስ ሥርዓት ከመንግስታዊ ስርዓት ጋር በጥብቅ የተሳሰረ ሲሆን መንግስት እንደ መንግስት ለመቀጠል ታክስ መጣልና መሰብሰብ እንዲሁም የሰበሰበውን ታክስ ለዜጎች ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት ማዋል ይኖርበታል፡፡ ታክስ የመጣልና የመሰብሰብ ስልጣን የህግ መሰረት ሊኖረው የሚገባ ተግብር ሲሆን በዴሞክራሲያዊ ማህበረሰብ የዚህ ስልጣን ምንጭ በማህበራዊ ውል (social contract) መሰረት ዜጎች ለመንግስት የሚሰጡት ይሁንታ ነው፡፡

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Tax Evasion under Ethiopian Tax Laws - Conceptual Introduction

Taxation is as old as history of early state formation. As tax remains essential source of public finance, states used to collect taxes for public funding. Apart from its extant condemnation by modern governments, one can strongly argue that tax evasion remains persistent challenge from the very inception of state. Nowadays, following the advancement of public finance the concept of tax evasion get emphasis by tax scholars. It is now condemned and categorized as anti-social behaviors as well as criminal act.

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