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Indirect Tax

The EY Indirect Tax team can help your business over the course of the tax life cycle to identify indirect tax risks as well as to provide sustainable planning opportunities to help your business meet its global compliance obligations and strategic goals.

Our globally integrated teams help manage your business’ indirect tax obligations by improving your operating efficiencies and streamlining your daily indirect tax reporting processes.

EY Indirect Tax specialists can assist you with:

  • Managing your GST obligations as well as helping to resolve audit disputes

    The EY Indirect Tax team specialises in identifying and mitigating GST risks as well as maximising opportunities to assist your business with meeting its compliance obligations and strategic goals. This incorporates planning, accounting, compliance and managing any matters of controversy. The EY Indirect Tax team can help your business to:

    • Boost claims and limit costs by using sophisticated data analytical tools to identify risks and opportunities associated with GST processing and compliance
    • Avoid unforeseen costs by helping to identify and minimise potential risk exposures stemming from GST legislative changes
    • Meet your compliance obligations by confirming all IT systems implemented or updated are GST compliant
    • Navigate complex rules applying to bespoke transactions such as divestments, capital raisings and large scale projects
    • Standardise your processes and improve efficiencies by providing industry peer insights as well as leading practice advice relevant to your industry

    By outsourcing the preparation and lodgement of your Business Activity Statement (BAS) to the EY Indirect Tax team, we can (through the use of sophisticated data analytical tools) reduce your business’ costs while simultaneously improving your BAS processes and controls. 

  • Reducing your tax payable and improving your cashflow by applying sophisticated data analytical tools to your indirect tax data

    EY is a market leader in applying data analytics to indirect tax. EY has developed sophisticated data analytics and visualisation tools that help us to interrogate systems and large amounts of data to identify areas of risk and potential opportunity with regard to indirect tax. We can support your business by:

    • Reducing your indirect tax bill by identifying items incorrectly coded as GST on revenue streams and input tax credits (including reduced input tax credits) on expenses
    • Injecting cash into your business by developing a robust methodology to advance late claims of input tax credits due to delays in invoice processing
    • Increasing fuel tax credits by implementing sophisticated models to track and record fuel eligible for fuel tax credits as well as fuel used to support additional claims
    • Identifying risks and/or opportunities with regard to capturing and processing duty payable on insurance, sales of motor vehicles, etc.
  • Streamlining your processes to assist with managing global trade customs duties

    Increasing trade volumes together with greater scrutiny of cross border flows and a focus on compliance with export controls and import regulations can combine to create significant challenges to your supply chain.

    In today's global economy, moving goods internationally can be a complex and costly activity. More than ever before, effective management of global trade issues is crucial to maintaining competitive advantage. In addition, utilising the many new and proposed free trade agreements and other concessions provide opportunities not only for Australian businesses importing, but also businesses exporting to those countries participating in the free trade agreements.

    Our globally integrated network of global trade professionals can help you to operate more effectively in moving goods around the world. We can develop and implement strategies to help you to manage duty costs by utilizing free trade agreements, special programs, and transactional structuring. We can help you proactively manage the risks of global trade, improve your international trade compliance and increase the operational effectiveness of your supply chains.

    Our core offerings include:

    • Strategic planning to manage customs and excise duties
    • Trade compliance reviews for imports and exports
    • Internal controls and process improvement
    • Participation in customs supply chain security programs

    Taking advantage of the Australian Trusted Trader programme which was launched on 1 July 2016 will also provide greater benefits to Australian businesses.

    Our talented people develop proactive, pragmatic and integrated strategies that help you to address the challenges of doing business in today's global environment and help your business achieve its potential.

  • Boosting fuel tax credit claims by developing methodologies to identify eligible Fuel Tax Credits activities

    As legislation changes, claimants in our experience have not kept pace with their fuel entitlements.

    By adapting alternate fuel tax credit methodologies including the use of GPS technology to retrospective scenarios, we help businesses to streamline their processes and maximise all fuel tax credits to which they are entitled.

    Importantly, our clients can take comfort in the knowledge that our methodologies are tried and tested, having withstood rigorous scrutiny by the revenue authority.

  • Identifying Stamp Duty and Land Tax obligations and maximising applicable exemptions

    The EY Indirect Tax team can help your business to navigate the increasingly complex environment of stamp duty, land tax as well as all other state taxes. Our team can advise your business on a broad range of transactions, from internal restructures and rationalisations, business/entity acquisitions, infrastructure transactions to IPO’s.

    Our pragmatic and commercially minded indirect tax team draws as necessary on the knowledge and experience of the broader tax practice to efficiently achieve your business’ goals.

    Specifically, the EY Indirect Tax team can help your business to:

    • Understand its Australian stamp duty obligations on all transactions
    • Identify and mitigate unnecessary stamp duty costs  
    • Mitigate risks by performing due diligence on identified targets
    • Identify and apply for exemptions/concessions
    • Identify optimal acquisition/holding structures
    • Apply for private rulings
    • Meet your compliance obligations by attending to necessary lodgements or voluntary disclosures with a State/Territory Revenue Authorities
    • Manage Revenue Authority investigations and disputes, including objections and appeals
  • Complying with other specialist indirect taxes such as Wine Equalisation Tax and Luxury Car Tax

    There are many indirect taxes that can impact upon your business. The EY Indirect Tax team can assist you with managing these through the tax life cycle. These taxes include:

    • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) and alcohol taxes
      Our specialists have in-depth knowledge of the taxation of alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer and spirits and everything in-between. We can assist you in determining the exact classification of your alcoholic product and the correct amount of excise, customs or WET payable. We will help to ensure you are correctly managing your alcohol tax obligations while not inadvertently overpaying.
    • Luxury Car Tax (LCT)
      Unique to the motor vehicle industry, the Luxury Car Tax is increasingly becoming an area of focus of the ATO. If is not managed correctly, it can lead to large LCT assessments for sold vehicles which can amount to additional LCT costs to the business. Our LCT experts can assist you in navigating this specific and complex indirect tax.

To find out more about the services we offer in this area please contact us.

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