Tagged: transfer pricing

Loans to U.S. Subsidiaries Should Be Carefully Structured and Documented to Obtain U.S. Tax Benefits

Canadian companies should carefully structure and document loans and advances to their U.S. subsidiaries. If loans to U.S. subsidiaries are not properly structured and documented, such loans may be recharacterized as equity investments for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and important U.S. tax benefits will be lost. Properly structured loans are treated as debt for U.S. federal income tax purposes with favorable tax treatment. The U.S. subsidiary may deduct interest paid in computing taxable income. Such interest payments to its Canadian parent corporation are generally not subject to U.S. withholding tax under the Canada – U.S. income tax treaty. Repayment of the principal amount is generally not subject to U.S. tax for both...