More agile tax models are needed in the face of an evolving landscape including global uncertainties, impacts from the Biden administration, Tax Reform and Wayfair to allow the tax function to effectively provide critical inputs in business decisions. Companies should consider:
Effective cash tax management through minimizing taxable income, obtaining available refunds, and reducing required tax payments
Actions to stabilize supply chains while bracing for an unpredictable revenue and profitability mix in key markets
Resources needed to meet your ongoing indirect and direct tax compliance requirements, imposed by the various taxing authorities
Opportunities focused on becoming more flexible in responding to arising uncertainties
Whether state corporate, partnership, sales tax or unclaimed property, navigating the evolving compliance process has always been challenging. Now, businesses must take what was put into place post-federal Tax Reform and post-Wayfair and adapt it to a rapidly changing situation. Meeting this challenge will require a new vision of how we work and what we are trying to accomplish.
Companies are dealing with increased reporting responsibilities, generally with less people and time. This presents compliance challenges for both direct and indirect tax departments. In optimizing the compliance process, it is important to discover ways to add value throughout the tax lifecycle.
When it comes to US state income tax and indirect tax compliance, the need for automation and analytics may sound like a broken record. The opportunity costs of adhering to legacy processes in an era of increasing data complexity and constrained resources are often high. By adopting leading state tax and VAT compliance and reporting practices, companies can gain insights and grow their bottom line while improving compliance and limiting risk.
State and local tax professionals need a strategy to stay ahead of and manage state and local tax burdens and to identify opportunities that result from evolving changes in legislation and administrative policy changes.
PwC’s State and Local Tax (SALT) practice can help you with strategies to manage your state and local tax issues by recommending solutions that are consistent with your company’s overall business objectives. We can also identify appropriate tax treatment that is consistent with good business practices and states’ applicable tax laws and rules.