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Puerto Rico Governor Signs Bill Requiring 2 Monthly Sales Tax Payments

The Governor of Puerto Rico has signed into law a bill (PC 1133) that changes the frequency of sales tax remittance. As reported earlier in this forum, the new rule requires most taxpayers to pay sales tax in the same month as it’s collected, in two monthly installments: The first payment is required on the […]

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Tax Reform on the Horizon in Puerto Rico

The Secretary of the Treasury for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico announced that they plan on encouraging the local legislature to adopt significant tax reform measures, including a number of items that will impact sales tax (locally known as IVU). The details of the proposed reforms have not been released but the Secretary has indicated […]

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A Standards-Based Approach for Global Compliance with Real-Time Tax Controls

I follow global tax compliance across continents closely and what can be seen is a clear trend of Tax Administrations (TAs) introducing increased technology-based real-time tax controls. Such controls include e-invoice clearance, e-ledgers and e-accounting, among others. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many real-life cases in different countries where the TAs issue a regulation that may make […]

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Mexico Extends FATCA and CRS Deadlines

Along with new deadlines, Mexico tax authority releases additional CRS specifications.   The Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT) has published additional AEOI material, including a calendar with relevant deadlines and specifications for CRS transmittals. The AEOI Calendar indicates that the FATCA and CRS testing window will now end on July 14, 2017. At that time, the production period […]

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La Compliance Inteligente es clave para el éxito en Latinoamérica

Toda empresa que opere en Latinoamérica está bien familiarizada con las dificultades que involucradas en las Leyes para la facturación y notas fiscales electrónicas y las normas que rigen los impuestos. Desde cambios constantes en la legislación hasta interrupciones de los negocios y penalidades financieras, los desafíos de seguir las normas fiscales en la región […]

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The New Strategic Role of Indirect Tax Professionals to Master Compliance

Tax compliance has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. As governments go digital, loopholes are closing and reporting timelines are shrinking from weeks to milliseconds. The old way of doing things isn’t enough for the new world of rapid-response compliance. But these new challenges can also foster new opportunities. Businesses are taking a […]

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OECD Secretary General Issues Report on CRS for G20 Leaders

At last week’s G20 summit, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría reported to world leaders that the past year has seen progress on multiple fronts in the fight against tax avoidance and evasion – thanks in large part to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The official report explores the key areas of progress, including the movement […]

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Curacao Publishes Revised AEOI Manual and Online Portal Guide

Curacao’s Ministry of Finance has released FATCA and CRS guidance regarding data specifications for XML transmittals and use of the online financial data exchange portal. The Manual of Automatic Exchange of Information, which provides information for both FATCA and CRS transmittals, has been revised to reflect the following updates: The AccountReport – Payment element has been updated to […]

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Further Clarity of Pending Puerto Rico Sales Tax Legislation

As reported earlier on this forum, Puerto Rico is considering 2017-2018 budget legislation that may significantly impact remittance requirements for existing taxpayers in the immediate future. Specifically the bill which is currently sitting on the Governor’s desk, would require taxpayers whose average sales tax liability is at least $2000 per month (or who otherwise qualify […]

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Intelligent Compliance Key to Success in Latin America

Any business with operations in Latin America knows what a burden e-invoicing and tax reporting compliance can be. From constantly changing legislation to business disruptions and financial penalties, the challenges associated with Latin American compliance are profound, and continue to compound with each new mandate.

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4 Key Changes in Ecuador’s New Offline E-Invoicing Model

Starting January 2018, all taxpayers in Ecuador will be required to start invoicing under Ecuador’s new offline schema. Announced by the SRI, Ecuador’s tax authority, in 2015, this new e-invoicing model presents both benefits and challenges to companies operating in Ecuador. On one hand, this new process will give companies a slight buffer for compliance, […]

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Can You Reasonably Rely on Artificial Intelligence to Create a Compliant Invoice?

No one really knows what percentage of today’s invoices are noncompliant with VAT law. Given the complexity and rate of change in VAT law, there is an almost unlimited set of possible nonconformities on the scale between outright fraud and clerical errors. One big problem is that it is often very difficult to gather all […]

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Can Artificial Intelligence Facilitate B2B Automation and Compliance?

Twenty years after IBM Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in a series of famous chess games, another computer program, AlphaGo by Google DeepMind, won against Lee Sedol, a top professional player in the very complex ancient game of Go. In 2011, between these two landmarks, we saw IBM’s Watson win against former champions in Jeopardy. […]

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Colombia Aims to Full Deployment of Clearance Model by 2019

In line with other countries in Latin America, Colombia opted to roll out e-invoicing on a voluntary basis, coupled with individual mandates to join the e-invoicing framework to specific taxpayers (often within strategic industry sectors or upon exceeding certain annual turnover threshold). At the end of 2015, Colombia issued Decree 2242 updating their e-invoicing framework. […]

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Compliance Challenges for ”Legacy B2C” E-Commerce Solutions Moving into B2B

We are seeing a lot of vendor scope evolution on the market. Examples include EDI vendors that are developing business network-style services; another one is that platforms focused on procurement of indirect supplies are moving into strategic sourcing and vice versa. A trend that receives less attention from analysts and specialized press is the journey […]

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Blockchain Impact on B2B Automation

There is much speculation about the potential of blockchain in the context of B2B automation. This speculation normally focuses on open or public blockchains, which are distributed databases where different types of transactions can be securely recorded and transparently verified by all parties without depending on a trusted third party. The scheme was first used […]

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The Mexican Value Added Tax (IVA) System: A General Overview (Part I)

Overview The main indirect tax of Mexico is the Value Added Tax (locally known as IVA), which generally applies to all imports, supplies of goods, and the provision of services by a taxable person unless specifically exempted by a particular law. The tax is imposed by the federal government of Mexico and ordinarily applies on […]

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E-invoicing now mandatory in Chile – What next?

Nov. 1 was a noteworthy day for much of Latin America, celebrated chiefly in Mexico but many other cultures. The rituals, celebrants take part in, trace back thousands of years, all of which pay tribute to the lives of the dearly departed. But in the Latin American business world, specifically in Chile, Nov. 1 was a […]

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