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Indirect International Tax Advisory

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Indirect International Tax Advisory

Most countries around the globe levy indirect taxes, with the most common being Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST). Like Sales Tax in the US, these levy taxes on consumption. But unlike US Sales Tax, Indirect Tax is levied on the supply of a product or service at each stage in the supply chain.

Understanding and complying with Indirect Taxation – including the application of any deductions and addressing cross-border transactions – can be extremely burdensome for businesses and not-for-profits that are unfamiliar with any given country’s unique tax scheme or arrangements.
 
Indirect Taxes make up an increasingly large portion of the overall tax revenues in countries around the world. As a result, tax authorities are particularly active in enforcing VAT and GST compliance. Failure to identify indirect tax obligations in supply chains and operating models can give rise to significant financial and administrative burdens. 
 
Vistra’s International Indirect Tax Advisory specialists help multinational groups of all sizes to navigate the complex world of Indirect Taxation. We work with our clients to ensure their VAT and GST obligations are managed compliantly and efficiently in all countries of operation. 
 
In short, Vistra is always looking to manage your Indirect Tax risks and costs, in compliance with local law. 
 
Our practical advisory areas includes:

  • Indirect Tax registration and de-registrations
  • Indirect Tax refund applications
  • Technical analysis of transactions 
  • Tax efficient supply chain reviews
  • Indirect tax compliance reviews
  • Indirect tax examinations and audits
  • Import/export taxes and duties 
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Whether you’re a tech start-up expanding into another country for the first time, an established multinational or a private equity firm preparing to acquire part of another company, you need to know your options for employing workers across borders.
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