The new US tax reforms represent the largest overhaul to the country’s tax code in more than three decades. They not only significantly lower US corporate tax rates, they change how multinationals are taxed on their non-US operations and their cross-border transactions. Understanding and following with the new rules will create challenges for multinationals. Those that fail to comply will risk financial and reputational damage, and those that fail to take advantage of new benefits will leave money on the table.
The Australian Taxation Office issued a combined $2.9 billion in tax bills this month to seven multinationals, including Apple, Google and Microsoft. The ATO’s actions come three months before the effective date of Australia’s widely heralded diverted profits tax, known as the Google tax. Here’s what you need to know about this important legislation.
Yesterday UK voters decided to leave the European Union. The decision will have serious implications for multinationals operating in the UK. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that any changes resulting from yesterday’s referendum are months away. Now is the time to take a measured approach to how your business will likely operate in a UK that is not part of the EU, basing your strategy on the probable consequences of yesterday’s vote.
Nearly all countries charge some type of indirect tax on the local sale of goods or services. Understanding your company’s obligations and liabilities with regard to indirect taxation and devising effective tax compliance and mitigation strategies is an important ingredient in the success of an overseas endeavor.