Cooperative compliance is an initiative that is being used more regularly to further efforts by tax administrations for tax transparency. (Refer to 13 June, 2013 post: OECD: A Framework for Co-operative Compliance)
The referenced PwC Tax Policy Bulletin highlights the use of this popular technique for Global Mobility compliance and Best Practices. The Bulletin provides a primer for processes of global mobility compliance and integration of a cooperative compliance approach, including the relevant benefits and risks.
- Many countries have the potential to immediately negotiate an agreement to streamline mobile employee compliance.
- There is an opportunity to minimize/control risks due to global talent shifts, short-term business travelers / assignees, targeted tax audits, administrative complexity, Permanent Establishment (PE) exposure, etc.
- Tax control framework methodologies should be in place for review by tax authorities to review internal processes.
- This initiative should be in synergy with the global / regional / country tax strategy for alignment.
This important initiative should be supported by tax expertise for the global mobility function via internal and/or external resources. Accordingly, the impetus of tax transparency, complexity and corporate accountability may provide perfect timing to review the organizational structure of the global mobility function and inherent tax expertise provided, resulting in a Best Practice methodology as part of the global tax risk framework.