Small and midsized companies are facing increased scrutiny from tax authorities both in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions to ensure that the transfer pricing of transactions among their subsidiaries is treated as if they were at arm's length - or what two unrelated parties would pay."Transfer pricing is something that a lot of small and medium-sized companies need to be paying attention to and thought they were under the radar in the past," said Meril Markley, a principal at UHY Advisors in Houston. "But because of FIN 48, they're really going to have to take a close look for the first time."

The Financial Accounting Standard's Board Interpretation Number 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes - an interpretation of Statement 109 - clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in financial statements.

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