Rodrigo Elías recruits former SUNAT boss to open transfer pricing company

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados has partnered with the former head of Peru’s tax authority to open a transfer pricing company that will provide economic advice on new OECD-inspired tax evasion legislation, to complement the firm’s legal services.

Rodrigo Elías recruits former SUNAT boss to open transfer pricing company

Rodrigo Elías announced it had opened +Value Precios de Transferencia on Tuesday. The company will provide specialised transfer pricing advice and will be led by economist Tania Quispe, 49. She counts on the support of several accountants and economists. Rodrigo Elías’ tax lawyers will complement the company’s financial services by providing legal advice from the firm. Quispe brings ample experience to the role. She began her career at accounting firm Deloitte, before leading Peru’s tax authority SUNAT between 2011 and 2015. Prior to joining Rodrigo Elías, she served as the executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Chilean and Peruvian arm in Washington, DC. The launch of +Value comes as Peru implements the OECD’s Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) guidelines, which aim to crack down on companies that use complex transfer pricing techniques to evade tax. While BEPS is well-intentioned, Rodrigo Elías managing partner Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado says SUNAT’s enforcement efforts will require highly specialised legal and economic advice if clients want to stay on the right side of the law. It is the increasing importance of this economic component that prompted the creation +Value. Besides ramping up reporting requirements including the disclosure of tax haven-domiciled companies, BEPS has fine-tuned the complex mathematical formulae behind the “arm’s-length principle”, which tax authorities like SUNAT use to establish if transfer mispricing is occurring.

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