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Accounting for a Cost Plus Subsidiary

We have an international subsidiary with a cost plus agreement. The subsidiary does not generate any revenue and is established only to handle the wages and employee benefits of our international employees in that country. We have a cost plus agreement between our US parent company and our international subsidiary. What are the journal entries at the US and consolidated level to account for the cost plus agreement?

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Jake Feldman
Title: Managing Director
Company: Global TaxFin Advisory Group LLC
(Managing Director, Global TaxFin Advisory Group LLC) |

Assuming that invoices for 100 cost + 5% markup = 105 are paid on some due date after invoicing, the US parent entity and sub would:

Parent: Dr i/c expense 105, Cr i/c accounts payable 105
Sub: Dr i/c accounts receivable 105, Cr i/c revenue 105
Sub: Dr wage expense 100, Cr cash 100

In consolidation, all the i/c entries would be eliminated, leaving 100 wage expense and 100 less cash.

As always with such questions, the facts may be unclear.
> Are the international employees those of the US parent working in the foreign country or employees of the local sub?
> If US parent, you may have some "permanent establishment" taxable presence concerns for the US parent conducting business in the foreign country.
> If sub, why is payment by US when services are being provided to local sub?
> Has the markup been reviewed for arm's length consideration in accordance with transfer pricing regulations?

Anonymous
(President & CFO) |

What may be clearer and easier to consolidate on the debits/credits is not to use a/r & a/p between Parent & Sub and use a Due to/From account.

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