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Indirect tax (GST, HST, PST or VAT)

Overview

Indirect taxIndirect taxes are broadly based on transactions, and liability will arise regardless of profitability. In Canada, these include the harmonized sales tax (HST) systems, the goods and services tax (GST), and provincial sales taxes (PSTs); globally, value-added tax systems and Sales & use and other similar taxes apply. 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% in some global jurisdictions, 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.

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Other tax services

Business tax Business tax
Deloitte delivers deep knowledge of tax and statutory requirements as well as a breadth of experience applying them in practice worldwide. Practical, innovative tax services combined with our globally-managed tax compliance framework instills confidence that a consistent approach is followed in all jurisdictions.
Customs and global trade Customs and global trade
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.
Indirect tax and accounts payable recovery Indirect tax and accounts payable recovery
Our teams of tax specialists, lawyers, and former government auditors and Workers' Compensation Specialists from a wide range of industries work to help you recover cash to operate your business.
International tax International tax
Deloitte’s international tax professionals help multinational companies reduce taxes on earnings, enhance margins and grow their businesses through a wide variety of compliance and advisory services.
Legal services Legal services
Deloitte Legal professionals bring a strong combination of tax and legal knowledge to provide clients comprehensive guidance across a broad range of critical business issues.
Mergers and acquisitions Mergers and acquisitions
Deloitte can assist your company with effectively navigating the myriad of tax, accounting, legal, regulatory, cultural, and labour issues in cross-border transactions to help manage compliance risks and potentially enhance returns.
Private company services Private company services
Deloitte helps private companies, their owners, and individuals with substantial assets apart from businesses they directly operate to understand, plan and execute effective business and tax strategies.
R&D and government incentives R&D and government incentives
With practitioners who are fluently trilingual in engineering, tax and “CRA”, we have assisted thousands of public and private companies to realize a sizable R&D tax credit.
Tax management consulting Tax management consulting
With tax technical, technology, and consulting experience, Deloitte helps businesses meet the challenges of multijurisdictional tax operations, including compliance, reporting and risk management for direct and indirect taxes.
Transfer pricing Transfer pricing
Our network of professionals is designed to help companies reduce risks by aligning practical transfer pricing solutions with their overall global business operations and objectives, assist with strategic documentation to support their transfer pricing practices, and resolve disputes efficiently.
U.S. tax services U.S. tax services
Our accessible Canadian network of U.S.-trained tax professionals are linked to their U.S. colleagues, creating a powerful team for companies with operations in the United States.

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