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Indirect Tax (VAT or GST)

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VAT, GST Sales & Use Tax, and other transactional taxes are broadly based taxes on transactions, and liability will arise regardless 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, manage tax compliance risks, and increase the confidence that nothing has been missed.

With rates ranging up to 25 percent in various jurisdictions, Indirect Tax exposure can grow quickly if you don't have a cohesive Indirect Tax plan and firm understanding of each jurisdiction’s specific Indirect Tax requirements.

Deloitte can help. Our U.S.-based Indirect Tax specialists are your gateway to 1,500 Deloitte Indirect Tax professionals through the member firms of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited in more than 150 countries. This team can help you develop or refine your Indirect Tax strategy and address the Indirect Tax implications of most types of business transactions. Learn more about how we can deliver the integrated, flexible, and sustainable services you need to address your company’s exposure in today's complex Indirect Tax environment.  Our services include:

Indirect Tax Consulting 

With rates ranging up to 25 percent in various jurisdictions, Value Added Tax (VAT)/GST, Sales & Use Tax and other indirect tax exposures can grow quickly without a cohesive plan 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 plan aspects require attention. In the ever-changing environment, Deloitte professionals can help clients stay current with compliance obligations. Learn more.

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Indirect Tax for Financial Services 

Insurance and reinsurance transactions, including related services performed by insurance brokers and agents, are exempt from value added tax (VAT) in the European Union. However, the European Court of Justice recently ruled that this exemption does not apply to a transfer, for consideration, of a portfolio of insurance contracts. As a result of this decision, insurance companies that plan to transfer insurance contracts to or from European entities should carefully consider the VAT consequences of those transactions. Learn more.

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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 determine 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. Learn more.

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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 determine that 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 manage tax deductions for, and tax recovery on, transaction costs. Deloitte’s diligence helps confirm that after a deal has been closed, the post merger integration occurs in a tax efficient way. Learn more.

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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 managing overall tax efficiency and decreasing the levels of strategic risk. The potential benefits of BMO include:

  • Lower overall tax rate for the business
  • Improved 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. Learn more.

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As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte Tax LLP. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.


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