STUDY QUESTIONS FOR MIDTERM TEST
MGMT/IBUS 689 INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER PRICING, FALL 2010
Prof. Lorraine Eden
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Itp Midterm Test Questions

  1. 1. STUDY QUESTIONS FOR MIDTERM TEST MGMT/IBUS 689 INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER PRICING, FALL 2010 Prof. Lorraine Eden The test is scheduled for Monday November 1, from 2:20-3:35 pm in 186 Wehner. If there is no class in after us, students who are not finished may continue to write until 4:00 pm. This is a closed book exam. Please bring pens and pencils with you to the test. Everything else will be provided (e.g., writing paper and a list of readings). Below are seven questions. I will put four or five of them on the test and you will write on any three questions. They are all of equal weight. You can write in bullet points (as long as your arguments are readable and coherent ). Abbreviations are fine (as long as I am familiar with them). To cite an article, all you need is the author name and year. A good answer will provide a coherent, well-organized and argued analysis that references back to the required readings and directly answers the question asked. 1. How do economists explain the MNE’s internal motivations for setting transfer prices, assuming the absence of external motivations? What roles are played by (1) the MNE being an integrated business, (2) lack or presence of an external market, (3) interdependencies on the demand or supply side, (4) full or excess capacity and (5) investment decisions? 2. The managerial approach to transfer pricing argues that MNE managers face several key internal problems/decisions in terms of setting transfer prices. (1) What are these problems/decisions? (2) How would you recommend a prudent business manager establish its MNE’s transfer pricing policy, assuming the absence of external motivations to manipulate transfer prices? 3. The OECD’s transfer pricing rules are built on a framework commonly referred to as the international tax regime. (1) What are the key characteristics of the international tax regime? (2) Briefly explain how the international tax regime applies in the United States. 4. There are three basic transactional methods for determining transfer prices for corporate income tax purposes: comparable uncontrolled price (CUP), resale price (R-) and cost plus (C+). List and briefly explain the key similarities and differences in the way these methods are outlined in the US Internal Revenue Code Section 482 and the 2010 OECD Guidelines. 5. In 1986, a one line sentence was added to the Internal Revenue Code Section 482, commonly referred to now as the Commensurate with Income (CWI) standard. That one-line sentence has had a huge impact on the US transfer pricing regulations not only for goods, but also for intangibles and intragroup services. True or False? Argue your case. 6. Transfer pricing professionals are split as to whether the comparable profits method (CPM) meets the test of the arm’s length standard. (1) Summarize the arguments on both sides and briefly note your own opinion. (2) How could CPM be improved so as silence the complaints of professionals who believe CPM does not comply with the arm’s length standard? 7. (1) Why is the transfer pricing of intangible assets so difficult? (2) What are the key components of the current Section 482 regulations as they apply to transfer pricing of intangible assets?

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