Tax policy is a complex and rapidly evolving topic. We help our clients by playing a broader role, bringing together a range of stakeholders — including individuals, companies and non-business organisations — to solve governmental challenges together. Our contributions, aimed at decoding developments, include:
Our aim is to build trust among these groups so that together, we can design tax policies that will support economic growth, lead to more broadly shared prosperity, and meet the societal goals that tax policies set out to achieve.
The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in Venice on 9--10 July, under the Italian G20 Presidency, and continued their discussions on a range of fiscal and economic issues.
See how 130 countries made a joint statement of their agreement to the foundational components of Pillars 1 and 2, expanding on what the G7 had announced days earlier.
Watch our recent discussion of how the G7 Finance Ministers’ agreement might affect your business. The webcast features a panel discussion with specialists from around the globe and explores the recent G7 Finance Ministers’ agreement.
Our global Tax policy network helps individuals and organisations navigate the complexity of tax policy-making. Here are some of the ways we support our clients:
Tax is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) metric and a driver of sustainable growth. ESG is an umbrella term that covers the duties of businesses in relation to climate and society, and priorities such as purpose that go beyond value creation. Governments and supranational bodies also play a vital role in encouraging such thinking and the actions it can spur.
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The recommendations of the BEPS Project, led by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are at the root of much of the recent coordinated governmental activity on perceived international tax avoidance techniques. The recommendations published in October 2015 have been, and are being, supplemented with additional standards and guidance.
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The DAC6 directive has been in place since June 2018. It created new reporting obligations for affected intermediaries and taxpayers, depending on the nature of the arrangement and local law.
It applies to cross-border tax arrangements which meet one or more specified characteristics (hallmarks), and which concern either more than one EU country or an EU country and a non-EU country.
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Tax policymakers, globally and domestically, are increasingly focusing on their contribution to environmental and green agendas. Energy taxation; schemes focused on reducing carbon emissions and neutralising the impact of foreign markets through border adjustment mechanisms; and credits and incentives for those making efficient investments go hand in hand with taxpayers own attempts to display environmental credentials to this stakeholders, whether they are investors, employees, regulators or others.
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We all work in an increasingly globalised economy, with constantly evolving technological innovation. The interplay among these trends is having a significant impact on businesses, on governments and ultimately on tax systems. The pace and volume of indirect tax changes are unprecedented and create considerable challenges for businesses. We can expect this to continue for some time.
The PwC Global Indirect Tax Policy Team is proactively involved in helping shape sound future indirect tax policies aimed at:
We help business and governments stay up-to-date with global indirect tax policy trends and developments. We also help them stay part of the conversation through the full policy cycle, from thought to implementation.
We act as bridge-builders between business and government, bringing together tax policy stakeholders, including technology experts. Together, we work to shape sound tax policies for a better tomorrow.
COVID-19 will have medium- and longer-term implications for governments, tax administrations and businesses and how they move from crisis response into the recovery phase. They will have to consider their own resilience and whether they need to make any structural changes.
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A number of supranational organisations are responsible for setting standards, providing guidance or committing to joint action on tax matters. Through these bodies, several territories' governments or tax authorities act together to determine international tax rules. Still other bodies contribute to the formulation of tax policy. Our Tax Policy Network regularly works with:
Tax policy developments worldwide change at an increasingly fast pace. Drawing on our experience of tax policy issues, as well as our relationships with supranational organisations and other stakeholders, we’ve designed our Tax Policy Bulletins to support you with analysis and insight on policy changes around the world. We also add Tax Policy Alerts to give you a timely update on important developments.
Our Bulletins and Alerts will help you:
More people than ever have a vested interest in tax matters, including tax transparency, reporting and the tax gap, all of which are in greater focus for governments supranational groups, and NGOs. This means a long-term, transparent tax strategy is more relevant than ever for corporate taxpayers — on that involves clear board tasks and responsibilities, board oversight, effective tax-risk management and auditable tax reporting.
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Globalisation and digitalisation are forcing policymakers around the globe to look at international tax frameworks, making changes to reflect the effects on their tax bases. These changes will apply to all large international businesses, not just highly digitalised businesses.
The G20/OECD Inclusive Framework has been reviewing the rules of the international corporate income tax system. Made up of nearly 140 countries operating on an ‘equal footing’, the project is expected to produce a consensus solution by the middle of 2021.
But enough countries are moving unilaterally — for either the short-term or longer — that a global consensus may not be reached. This could create distortions, uncertainty and complexity.
We can help you consider and understand the impact on:
Stef van Weeghel
Leader, Global Tax Policy & Administration Network, PwC Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 88 792 6763
EMEA Tax Policy Leader, PwC Netherlands
Tel: +31 88 792 3611