Changing business landscape

It doesn’t help that the tax system is still catching up with our changing business landscape. The OECD’s new ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting’ initiative requires greater transparency around cross-border operations and introduces proposals for more effective taxation of the digital economy. Business that do not fit into established rules for identification of UK income face new taxes such as the Diverted Profits Tax and a proposed Digital Services Tax, and small businesses can unexpectedly find themselves facing hefty disclosure requirements.

Add to this the complexities of dealing with tax rules in the other jurisdictions, and the risk of mistakes or needless inefficiencies escalates. For example, investing overseas without appropriate tax due diligence can significantly increase your tax cost.

Our specialist team has experience of providing and coordinating international tax advice for businesses of all types. Whether you’re undertaking your very first cross-border transaction or leading a complex restructuring project across multiple jurisdictions, we can make sure your tax is compliant, efficient and joined up.

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We have UK-based specialists for particular jurisdictions and, as a member of international association Allinial Global, access to worldwide expertise. Typical advisory projects include:

  • Overseas expansion
  • Withholding tax / Double Tax Relief claims
  • Cross border acquisitions/disposals
  • Profit repatriation strategies
  • Management of overseas tax exposure through creation of a foreign ‘permanent establishment’
  • E-commerce activities with overseas jurisdictions
  • Transfer pricing of cross border transactions between related parties
  • Cross-border loan financing, and treatment of interest, foreign exchange differences and hedging transactions
  • Interaction of new UK taxes or concepts (such as Diverted Profits Tax) with local foreign tax credit regimes for overseas-owned “inbound” businesses
  • Indirect taxes such as VAT and customs duties
  • Payroll taxes
  • Introducing local trusted advisors to deal with your local filing requirements

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