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Indirect Tax (VAT & GST)

Indirect tax (VAT & GST)VAT, GST Sales & Use Tax, and other transactional taxes are broadly based taxes on transactions, and liability will arise regargless of profitability. Failing to account for these taxes correctly can have a significant impact on business costs and cash flows. Deloitte specialists work with both businesses and the public sector.

Deloitte can help with timely planning and the application of technology-based compliance management solutions, thereby helping to reduce costs, reduce risk, and increase the confidence that nothing has been missed. Our services include:

 

Indirect tax consulting 

With rates ranging up to 25 percent in various jurisdictions, VAT/GST, Sales & Use Tax and other indirect tax exposures can grow quickly without a cohesive strategy and a firm understanding of each jurisdiction’s specific indirect tax requirements. Deloitte provides client focused advisory services on local and international indirect tax related matters including planning, rate determination and international consulting such as foreign indirect tax requirements. We take a standardized approach from start to finish. We employ smart tools like web-based questionnaires to help fully control the process. Based on the outcome, we can help determine which indirect tax strategy aspects require attention. In the ever-changing environment, Deloitte professionals can help clients stay current with compliance obligations.


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Business model optimization for indirect tax 

From the Indirect Tax perspective, Business Model Optimization (BMO) involves designing and implementing an approach for goods or services that embraces the convergence of technologies while optimizing overall tax efficiency and decreasing the levels of strategic risk. The benefits of BMO include:

 

  • Lower overall tax rate for the business
  • Improved reported earnings (below the line) and cash flow
  • Reduced complexity

BMO projects inevitably touch many aspects of business operations. Deloitte provides integrated services that cover tax, accounting, and business consulting, providing clients with holistic solutions, as a result of considering multiple perspectives.

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International indirect tax compliance & reporting services (compliance and outsourcing)  

Deloitte offers leading edge International Indirect Tax Compliance Outsourcing & Co-Sourcing services. We have established several Indirect Tax Compliance Centers to help ensure consistent and highly efficient processing of returns. Deloitte can assume partial or full responsibility for Indirect Tax compliance obligations across multiple jurisdictions. With our ability to deliver worldwide proven experience and innovative application of technology, Deloitte offers a full spectrum of highly efficient Compliance Outsourcing and Co-sourcing solutions. So whether you need to file only one or over 1,000 returns, Deloitte can help you.

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Transactional consulting for indirect tax  

Transactions are often not part of the day-to-day operations of the finance department or in-house Indirect Tax experts. To fill this knowledge and experience gap, Deloitte provides transactional advisory services delivered by professionals who specialize in Indirect Tax and are immersed in it every day. Deloitte professionals follow a holistic approach by working with Deloitte transactional specialists in financial advisory, consulting, and other tax specializations to help ensure the indirect tax advice delivered is within the context of the transaction as a whole. We track possible transaction tax or duty risks while helping clients maximize tax deductions for, and tax recovery on, transaction costs. Deloitte’s diligence helps ensure that after a deal has been closed, the post merger integration occurs in a tax optimized way.

Effective management of global trade decisions and obligations is an important – and sometimes overlooked – factor in a company’s global supply chain. Deloitte's global network of Customs & Global Trade specialists are experienced in global trade strategy, automation, export controls and import/export compliance. Our professionals help design strategies and structure global transactions to reduce customs duty payments and other international trade costs, increase duty recoveries and help ensure legal and regulatory requirements are met in a cost-effective manner. We offer services in the following main areas:

 

 

Export controls 

Deloitte’s market leading export control practice is a multidisciplinary, multilingual team of lawyers, consultants, ex-government officials and industry specialists, combining years of experience in global export controls. Our professionals are experienced in U.S. export controls and extraterritorial restrictions, as well as local and regional export regulations. Deloitte has a strong reputation for its knowledge in encryption controls and leads international thought-leadership activities in this field. Our export control team works with clients to review current compliance processes, conduct large scale, multi-country classification projects, provide training, develop or enhance existing compliance programmes, and implement automated solutions to support internal controls. Our team’s specialization includes both dual-use and military controls.

 

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Trade compliance & controversy services 

Companies are facing an increasing number of compliance requirements imposed by the countries in which they operate, as well as more rigorous enforcement by tax authorities. Deloitte offers efficient, cost-effective Customs & Global Trade compliance services including cosourcing and outsourcing options. We help companies reduce risk and provide more timely and transparent reporting through the application of technology based solutions. This approach improves data management and ensures data integrity and accuracy. When controversies arise Deloitte provides audit assistance, representation and litigation before authorities, advisory opinions and reports

 

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Consulting 

Deloitte’s Customs & Global Trade team includes lawyers, accountants, auditors, customs brokers, economists, former government officials, and industry specialists. We advise companies on both fiscal and non-fiscal regulations to help them avoid additional duties, taxes and penalties related to non-compliance, as well as consequences like complete import or export stops (e.g., REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism , Authorized Economic Operator and others). Deloitte professionals help companies with a variety of Customs & Global Trade related needs such as optimizing post merger integration by tracking duty risks and opportunities for potential tax deductions and in helping to reconcile and determine consistent support for what is an “arm’s length” or “fair” value for both customs and transfer pricing purposes.

 

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Business model optimization  

Companies are looking for a sustainable competitive edge. Deloitte’s Business Model Optimization (BMO) professionals work as part of an integrated team consisting of Consulting, Enterprise Risk and Tax specialists. We focus on removing avoidable costs from global trade transactions while ensuring compliance with the myriad of trade regulations around the world. Deloitte’s approach to optimizing business models and supply chains considers both import and export requirements, which helps companies to avoid incremental duty/trade costs and/or supply chain interruption. It also affords companies an opportunity to optimize their Customs & Global Trade processes and to gain a sustainable competitive edge through increased efficiency.

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Tax Management Consulting (TMC)  

Deloitte provides companies and public bodies with support and advice on global trade technology solutions for Tax accounting and reporting. We deliver comprehensive, tailored solutions to clients through centrally led, global teams that consist of Information Technology consultants, economists, former government officials, lawyers, and industry specialists. We assist businesses with vendor selection to assess and identify the optimal solutions; blueprinting of Customs & Global Trade processes; functional and technical implementation(s); integration of the trade solutions with various ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, AS400, and others); and post launch application support.

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