Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2016
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
(d) TRANSFERS BETWEEN RELATED LEGAL ENTITIES
495.0748 Transfers Between Subsidiaries. The inter-company transfers of tangible personal property between two wholly-owned subsidiary corporations of a parent corporation are balanced through the parent's equity account. It appears that the corporate parent's equity account is used as a third-party clearing account. The use of such a device does not mean there is no consideration. Rather, the benefit conferred on or detriment suffered by the parent corporation by a credit or debit to its equity account is consideration to the subsidiary corporations which, in effect, each have agreed either to transfer a benefit or a detriment to the parent in exchange for receiving tangible personal property or foregoing remuneration for that tangible personal property from the other wholly-owned corporate subsidiary of the parent. In other words, the benefit and detriment to the parent is consideration for the transfer of the tangible personal property and the resulting debt, and results in a sale. Payment of tax cannot be avoided by the use of an equity account of the parent. Therefore, the transfer of tangible personal property from the one wholly-owned corporate subsidiary to the other is a sale which is subject to tax under the Sales and Use Tax Law. 1/14/97.