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at arm's length

At or occupying a distance, either physical or figurative, away from oneself that affords a level of safety or security or that excludes intimacy. I'm involved in all the board meetings, but I prefer to stay at arm's length if the issues become too contentious. John always keeps his friends at arm's length, so that no one gets close enough to hurt his feelings.
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at arm's length

At a distance, avoiding intimacy or familiarity, as in Bill hated seeing his colleagues outside the office, preferring to keep all of them at arm's length , or She was friendly only when he was safely at arm's length. Now often used with the verb keep, this term for distancing oneself from a person, organization, or issue originated as at arm's end but developed its current form by the mid-1600s.
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at arm's length

COMMON If one person or organization is at arm's length from another, they are not closely connected, for example because it would be wrong for them to influence one another. The prison service is moving towards becoming a self-regulating agency at arm's length from government. Relations between the bank and the committee will be at arm's length until the report is delivered in July.
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at arm's length

At such a distance that physical or social contact is discouraged: kept the newcomer at arm's length at first.
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To determine whether employees are not dealing at arm's length with their employers, the CRA considers the circumstances of their employment.
Since the transfer was at arm's length, there were no additional tax consequences to the husband when his ex-wife later exercised the options.
Bush pere may have even blanched at seeing the unsuccessful oilman in the baseball business, greeting fans in the stands but reportedly at arm's length from crucial business decisions.
Consequently, assuming the parties are at arm's length when the agreement is entered into and assuming the terms of the agreement are not subsequently modified, a change in the parties' relationship from arm's length to non-arm's length should not bring the parties into the transfer-pricing provisions with respect to the supply agreement.
The onus is on the tax authority to prove whether the TP is at arm's length.
Based in Toronto, the CPP Investment Board is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm's length from governments.
com), a "bargain" is "an agreement between parties settling what each gives or receives in a transaction between them or what course of action or policy each pursues in respect to the other" This point is extremely important in illustrating the part that negotiations and their documentation play in determining whether a transfer is at arm's length.
14) Relying substantially on the OECD Guidelines(15) the Draft Circular reiterates the importance attached by Revenue Canada to evaluating transfer prices by reference to comparable transactions of the tested taxpayer with arm's length parties ("internal comparables") or of third parties at arm's length with each other ("exact comparables").
The City Tribunal found that the taxpayer established that the royalties were priced at arm's length, and that the City did not adequately rebut this showing.
any two corporations where either one controls the other by reference to the ownership of more than 50 percent of the shares entitled to vote, or both are so controlled by the same party), they are deemed, under section 251(l), not to deal at arm's length.
SB 2354, Laws 2003, removed the July 1, 2003 expiration date of: (1) the factors to be considered in determining whether a corporate transaction is at arm's length for income tax purposes under MS Code Section 27-99; and (2) the addback of related-party intangible and interest expenses under MS Code Section 27-7-17.
In international transactions between related parties (and other persons not dealing at arm's length), the Canadian Income Tax Act (ITA) requires that the amount paid or received be an amount that "would have been reasonable in the circumstances if the nonresident person and the taxpayer had been dealing at arm's length.
According to Notice 2003-47, the IRS will insist on immediate income inclusion of the value of the deferred payment for the options, regardless of whether the sale is at arm's length.
The example provides that--in spite of the presence of an uncontrolled transaction-- the district director may consider the parent's alternative of producing and selling the product as a factor potentially affecting the amount the parent would demand as a royalty for the proprietary process if it were dealing with an uncontrolled taxpayer at arm's length.
Taxpayers asserted that the transaction was at arm's length, because the FCE paid FMV for the options (which was usually determined under the Block-Scholes method).