A convergence of global forces has resulted in a substantial increase in the number and size of tax audits, assessments, and disputes with revenue authorities worldwide. Virtually no area of tax enforcement has escaped this phenomenon, which includes direct taxes (domestic and international) and indirect taxes (e.g., VAT and GST), as well as specialist areas such as customs, tax fraud, and white collar tax issues. This new situation places a premium on audit and dispute prevention techniques because multinational companies (MNCs) are under constant competitive pressure to structure their worldwide business operations effectively and efficiently. MNCs need to develop coordinated approaches to audits and disputes around the globe, adopt preventative measures (such as pre-filing rulings and enhanced relationships with certain revenue authorities), and leverage both traditional and new alternative dispute resolution techniques in order to achieve the best possible results.
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Pre-audit prevention phase
Audit / examination phase
We can help you in managing and responding to investigations, audits, and examinations initiated by revenue authorities worldwide. This includes routine and complex audit management related to information requests, large document production, informal and formal interviews and depositions of company personnel, and orchestrating plant and facility tours. In addition, we assist in audit level presentations, negotiations, and settlement discussions in order to resolve disputes efficiently and favourably.
Post-audit settlement / resolution phase
If your tax dispute is not resolved, we can provide you with a full range of dispute resolution options.
Our Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution network can help you gain a better understanding of your company’s risks and exposures--and manage your tax disputes, audits, and examinations worldwide. We can help you to implement consistent and defensible practices and policies.
Our Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution services are delivered in five key areas:
Our Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution network includes accountants, economists, and industry sector specialists, all of whom possess in-depth knowledge and experience of individual sectors. Our aim is to help you prevent, efficiently manage, and favourably resolve tax audits and disputes.
Local knowledge and strong relationships with government officials
The successful management and resolution of audits and controversies relies heavily on having strong relationships with revenue authorities, and a thorough understanding of local processes and procedures. Our network includes individuals who are members of local specialist groups, as well as former high-ranking government tax officials who have substantial experience working on audits and disputes, both from a client and revenue-authority perspective.
Global reach and perspective
Our Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution professionals are located in territories which are regarded as aggressive tax enforcement jurisdictions, or are considered to be of key strategic importance from a tax perspective. This means we can provide you with the appropriate support to help you resolve your tax audit or dispute, wherever you need it. We can offer this support on a unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral basis, depending on your needs.
Deep technical subject matter expertise
Revenue authorities are now engaged in enforcement activities across the entire tax spectrum, including direct and indirect tax, as well as other related areas. As a result, organisations should ensure that they have the support of technical specialists in the tax area in which the audit or dispute is focused.
Global Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution Leader, PwC Global
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