The Hon'ble Finance Minister of India presented the third Budget of the Modi Government on 29 February 2016. In the backdrop of significant global slowdown and a need to jumpstart the economy, the Finance Minister's job was to strike an intricate balance between growth, fiscal consolidation and the promise to provide ease of business coupled with a non-adversarial tax regime.
In the recent past, transfer pricing has been a much debated topic in corporate board rooms as well as Government ministries worldwide. The OECDalongwith the G20 and certain other countries have issued the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Guideline in October 2015 emphasizing on the need to focus on conduct and substance rather than contract and legal form in tax determination. Pricing of intra-group transactions is also a potential trigger for BEPS and expectedly found a crucial place in the OECD BEPS Guidelines.