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Case study: financial services

A financial services information business wanted to understand whether its services would be treated as “electronically supplied” and the implications of this treatment for its business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) supplies.

We helped the company identify the correct treatment and to implement the contractual, process and control changes necessary for correct and robust accounting of value-added tax (VAT).

Case study: media

We helped a multinational media business understand its global VAT risk footprint. By analyzing transactional data from the company’s system, we identified the territories where the company may have sales to nonbusiness customers and quantified the level of those sales.

We then overlaid the data with information about the local VAT treatment and the VAT rate and penalty regimes in the relevant countries, allowing the company to identify risk areas, quantify its possible exposure and develop a robust action plan.

Case study: automotive

A global automotive company was introducing a new business model for providing automated in-car diagnostic services.

Our project helped it identify and understand the VAT implications of this new activity, including the impact on its accounting and reporting systems, how the “use and enjoyment” rules might apply, the information to be collected from customers, and how systems should be updated and adapted.

Case study: conference business

Following the 2015 EU digital VAT changes, a global conference business needed to understand whether its online webinars would be considered “electronically supplied” services.

We outlined the distinction between the possible different VAT treatments and helped the company understand the possible impact on its commercial proposition and pricing model of the different scenarios, as well as identifying the wider VAT considerations that the company would need to address in each case.

Case study: online platform

We helped an online platform review its European VAT compliance obligations and identify VAT liability and the risk of noncompliance. We facilitated discussions between the online platform and local tax authorities to promote and improve the VAT compliance of the online platform’s users. We supported the online platform through multiple audits and assessed and identified whether it would have a fixed establishment in any of the jurisdictions.

Case study: software as a service (SaaS) and hardware provider

We advised a SaaS and hardware provider on the VAT implications of a global expansion and restructuring, particularly in relation to the provision of digital services to customers by a nonresident supplier.

Case study: Mexico

If you do business in Mexico, you must understand the importance of having a complete audit trail for all your indirect tax information and processes. Continuing to rely on traditional processes for value-added tax (VAT) rather than adopting an end-to-end approach could result in unrecoverable VAT balances, slow recovery of balances, and multiple information requests from the Mexican tax administration or the authority initiating tax audits.

To help address the risks and opportunities that the new regime presents, we developed a range of data analysis tools that can be used to develop effective compliance and reporting controls. 

Our methodology allows you to identify measures that can improve VAT compliance and increase efficiency by continuously analyzing indicators in real time, illustrating a complete audit trail of all your tax data and providing detailed information through a single platform.

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