On June 30, 2008, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced that it received a notice of tax assessment from the Tokyo Regional Tax Bureau ("TRTB") in relation to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002, as a result of an audit on a transfer pricing taxation in connection with the North West Shelf LNG Project in Western Australia.
In June 2007 and 2006, Mitsui already received notices of tax assessment in relation to the fiscal years ended March 31, 2001 and 2000, respectively, whose statute of the limitations then expired, subsequent to the TRTB's transfer pricing audit which has been continuing since 2005. Mitsui is entirely unconvinced by the assessment determination and made protests to TRTB while it requested a mutual agreement procedure pursuant to a provision in the tax treaty between Japan and Australia. Japanese and Australian tax authorities, seeking the elimination of the double taxation, have discussed this issue since September 2006, however, they have yet to reach agreement. Following this development, TRTB issued another notice of assessment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002 whose statute of the limitations will expire in the end of this June.
The corrected income amount is approximately 10.0 billion yen and the additional tax liabilities for the Corporation Tax, Enterprise Tax and Inhabitant Tax (the principal taxes and the additions to taxes) are to be computed as approximately 4.7 billion yen. This transaction will have no impact on the operating results for the year ending March 2009.
In relation to the assessment this time, Mitsui, while expecting the double taxation to be solved by the agreement between the two competent authorities, will make a protest to the TRTB and will request a mutual agreement procedure pursuant to a provision in the tax treaty between Japan and Australia, as it did in the past two years.
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