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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tax survey shows BEPS project driving major global tax changes

Already, 61% of respondents have been affected by BEPS-driven legislation in at least one country where they operate. While concerned about several areas of the BEPS recommendations, 33% of respondents expect country-by-country reporting to have the greatest impact. Most respondents (73%) have already begun to analyze what country-by-country reporting will mean to their company, a significant increase over last year (47%).
Transfer pricing had been the key concern in 2014 and remains the second most prevalent concern this year. In addition, one third (33%) of respondents already saw tax authorities raising audit issues that reflect BEPS areas, with 64% identifying transfer pricing as the most prevalent BEPS-related audit issue.

They anticipate making changes, particularly to transfer pricing documentation (56%) and methodology (35%), as well as financing structures (35%). In addition, 64% said they are more likely to consider using the APA process to manage risk and obtain certainty.

Other findings of the survey include:

  • 83% of respondents expect upward pressure on their global tax rate within the next few years, 65% of whom see tax law changes as a primary contributor
  • 83% also believe the evolving taxation of the digital economy is important to the future of overall worldwide taxation, affecting primarily nexus, permanent establishment and treaty evolution
  • 27% are contemplating new operating models for digital transactions
  • 66% anticipate a significant corporate transaction within the next 12 months, with 81% of those respondents expecting an acquisition
  • Respondents cited India (30%), the European Union (25%) and North America (21%) as the most contentious regions for transfer pricing audits.
Source: EY tax survey shows BEPS project driving major global tax changes

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