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The US policy environment is increasingly shifting as COVID-19 impacts the globe and economies adapt to today's rapidly evolving circumstances. Demand for oversight grows in areas in which regulation has historically been light, while policymakers pursue a mix of rollbacks and potentially tougher regulations to ensure the well-being of people and companies. The smarter approach to policy flux takes shape with an integrated view of risk and tax, controls and compliance so that the company can anticipate and respond strategically. PwC brings together decades of real-world experience across risk, regulatory, tax, controls, compliance, privacy and forensics.
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Was achieving a global view of intercompany execution in sight?
It was time for a change. Not because things were at a stand-still, but precisely because they were already in motion. Navigating an increasingly complex and highly scrutinized regulatory environment, while undergoing a business model transformation, created significant challenges for Microsoft’s intercompany execution.
The particular challenge the client faced—a common one—was that while corporate tax liability is driven by statutory legal entity results, the design of Microsoft’s systems and surrounding processes was geared towards a consolidated and managerial view. In July 2014 Microsoft’s earnings release included the following statement: “Tax provision adjustment of $458 million, or a $(0.05) per share impact, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 related to adjustments to prior years’ liabilities for intercompany transfer pricing that increased taxable income in more highly taxed jurisdictions (“Adjustment to Prior Years’ Taxes”)”.
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