Ernst & Young (EY) have published their 10th issue of T Magazine, highlighting the topics of tax risk and controversy. The link is attached for reference:
- GAAR, Burden of proof: Taxpayer, Tax authority or Shared; summary of 24 countries.
- Sustained government pressure on tax compliance means tax risk is now an issue for corporate boards, not just tax directors.
- Clarity is now the key attribute in any message about tax that companies convey to the outside world.
- As emerging markets become more confident and sophisticated, they are challenging commonly applied international tax standards.
- The OECD’s “Tax Inspectors Without Borders” program (details in a prior post of 9 June 2013) seeks to match demand from countries wanting assistance with complex international tax audits with the supply of international tax experts.
- Companies need to improve local knowledge of risk rating processes in each Asian country, including key focus areas and potential audit triggers.
- Organizations need to show a willingness to engage with policymakers and administrators to improve policy proactively.
- Tax authorities are increasingly adopting the OECD’s concept of the “economic employer” to determine tax liabilities, rather than a treaty residence rule.
- Creating a PE is the biggest tax risk companies face from sending employees on business or assignments overseas.
- An increasing number of companies have appointed a head of tax controversy to manage tax risk and its implications.
- Companies must be prepared to become more transparent.
Tax risk and transparency are the new challenges to be met by multinationals. The T Magazine is a valuable resource in understanding today’s risks, and the manner in which these issues will transform current standards into leading Best Practices, tax risk policies and processes.