1120 IC-DISC Schedule P

1120 IC-DISC Schedule P – 7 Instructions to Achieve Mastery

Struggling to understand Schedule P of the 1120-IC DISC form?

You’re not alone.

For companies using Interest Charge Domestic International Sales Corporations (IC-DISCs) to navigate export tax benefits, this schedule can be a hurdle.

In fact, a staggering 40% of IC-DISC filings contain errors, often related to Schedule P.

Fortunately, with a clear understanding of the steps involved, you can ensure accurate completion:

To calculate the 1120-IC DISC Schedule P, gather transaction details, choose the intercompany pricing method, calculate combined taxable income (if applicable), identify qualified export receipts, apply the chosen method, complete Part II or III of the Schedule P, and review the final calculations.

Have you encountered the complexities of Schedule P on Form 1120-IC DISC?

This guide will provide a 7 steps approach to ensure accurate completion.

1. Gather Transaction Information:

The export tax team gathering the information for 1120 IC-DISC Schedule P

Lay the groundwork for your calculations by gathering essential transaction details.

This includes specifics about the exported goods or services, their sales price, the related supplier you’re working with, and all associated costs.

This information forms the foundation for accurately determining the IC-DISC’s taxable income.

2. Choose Your Intercompany Pricing Method:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows three primary methods for determining the IC-DISC’s share of profits:

  • 50-50 Combined Taxable Income Method: This method splits the combined taxable income from the export transaction equally between the IC-DISC and the related supplier.
    • 4% Gross Receipts Method: Under this method, the IC-DISC’s taxable income is set at 4% of the gross receipts from the export sale.Section 482 Method (Arm’s-Length Pricing): This more complex method requires establishing a transfer price that reflects what unrelated parties would agree to in an open market transaction.

3. Calculate Combined Taxable Income (if using the 50-50 method):

This step applies solely if you’re using the 50-50 combined taxable income method.

Here, you’ll need to add together the taxable income of both the IC-DISC and the related supplier for the specific export transaction you’re calculating.

This combined amount will then be used to determine the IC-DISC’s share of the profits.

4. Determine Qualified Export Receipts (QER):

The export specialists analyzing the Qualified Export Receipts before exporting services

Not all export revenue qualifies for the tax benefits offered by IC-DISCs.

Here, you need to pinpoint the portion of the export revenue that counts as a Qualified Export Receipt (QER).

Remember, QER refers specifically to revenue generated from exporting goods or services to locations outside the United States.

This distinction is crucial for calculating the IC-DISC’s taxable income accurately.

5. Apply Your Chosen Pricing Method:

Now that you’ve chosen your intercompany pricing method, it’s time to calculate the IC-DISC’s taxable income from the export transaction.

Refer back to the method you selected (50-50 combined taxable income, 4% gross receipts, or Section 482) and apply the specific formula or instructions associated with it.

This will determine the IC-DISC’s share of the profits for tax purposes.

6. Complete Schedule P:

The final step involves completing the relevant section of Schedule P in Form 1120-IC DISC.

  • Part II (Transfer Pricing): Use this section if a related supplier set the transfer price for the goods or services sold to the IC-DISC.
  • Part III (Commission): If the IC-DISC earned a commission from a related supplier on exported goods or services, this is the section to complete.

Remember to attach all supporting documentation used in your calculations, such as invoices, sales contracts, and cost records. This will ensure a smooth review process by the IRS.

7. Review and Finalize:

Before submitting your filing, take a final step to ensure everything is in order.

Carefully review all your calculations for accuracy. Double-check that each section of Schedule P is meticulously completed, with no missing information.

This attention to detail will minimize the risk of errors and help ensure a smooth filing process with the IRS.

For guaranteed accuracy and to maximize your tax savings, secure a free consultation with Export Tax Management today. Our team of IC-DISC specialists will meticulously review your situation and ensure a smooth filing process.

Schedule P complexities can trip up even the most seasoned exporters. Don’t risk errors that could delay your filing or impact your IC-DISC benefits.

When to Use Schedule P:

  • When a related supplier sets the transfer price for goods or services sold to the IC-DISC (use Part II).
  • When the IC-DISC earns a commission from a related supplier on exported goods or services (use Part III).

Understanding Intercompany Pricing Rules:

The export management team conducta meeting to understand the Intercompany Pricing Rules

Intercompany pricing rules ensure that transactions between related parties, like an IC-DISC and its related supplier, are conducted at arm’s length. This prevents the shifting of profits to entities in lower tax jurisdictions.

The IRS offers three main methods for determining this arm’s-length price:

  • 50-50 Combined Taxable Income Method: This simplified method is often used for low-value transactions.
  • 4% Gross Receipts Method: This method offers another simplified approach for specific types of export transactions.
  • Section 482 Method (Arm’s-Length Pricing): This method requires a more in-depth analysis to establish a fair market price for the transaction.

Marginal Costing Rules (Section 994(b)(2))

In certain situations, the IRS allows the use of marginal costing rules under Section 994(b)(2) when calculating combined taxable income.

These rules focus on the variable costs directly associated with producing the exported goods or services, excluding fixed costs.


By following these steps and understanding the intercompany pricing rules, you can confidently navigate the intricacies of Schedule P.

Remember, accurate completion is crucial for ensuring a compliant IC-DISC tax filing.

For further guidance or assistance with complex IC-DISC matters, contact Export Tax Management.

Our team of tax professionals possesses the expertise to help you maximize the benefits of your IC-DISC and ensure a smooth filing process.