Washington (March 13, 2003) -- The Pacific Association of Tax Administrators has finalized a Transfer Pricing Documentation Package, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

PATA is an inter-governmental tax organization whose members include Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States. PATA members have agreed on principles under which taxpayers can prepare one set of documentation that will meet the transfer pricing documentation provisions of each PATA member country, thereby eliminating the need to prepare separate documentation for each country.

The PATA Documentation Package is intended to reduce taxpayer burden and provide certainty that a penalty will not be imposed. Use of this PATA Documentation Package is completely voluntary and, if the principles are satisfied, will protect the taxpayer from transfer pricing documentation penalties that might otherwise apply in each of the four jurisdictions.

The final version of the PATA Documentation Package is available on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov/businesses/international/index . Questions should be referred to Carol A. Dunahoo - Director, International (LMSB), at 202 874-1900 or via e-mail to carol.a.dunahoo@irs.gov.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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