Connected Supply Chains Drive Complex VAT Compliance

July 30, 2018

As cloud-connected technology has become more ubiquitous across the supply chain, sophisticated executives can use the data gleaned from these devices to better understand where their supply chain is operating effectively – and where there is room for improvement – including in VAT compliance.

Increased transparency into how the various links in their chain fit together allow forward-looking companies to find redundancies, bottlenecks and other impediments that undermine production and, ultimately, profitability.

In recent years, companies have moved to greater automate their factories from design to delivery, connecting elements of their assembly lines with the cloud to create a contiguous end-to-end digital ledger that allows for greater analysis. Records of current inventory, material shortages, stoppages and more can be scrutinized using sophisticated AI and machine learning techniques to find enhanced efficiencies, and these files can be sent electronically to department heads, executives and vendors in real time.

The rise of data-driven manufacturing processes presents an opportunity for savvy supply chain and operations executives who now have more resources available to them than generations before, or even their predecessors just a few years ago. However, a fully-connected supply chain is a powerful resource for more than just operations and supply chain departments. Data-driven manufacturing processes also provide greater transparency for tax and finance executives, and facilitate compliance with today’s increasingly complex eInvoicing, eAccounting and eLedger requirements.

These professionals can leverage greater visibility into the supply chain to track inventory as it is created, used and moved with greater accuracy for compliance, particularly in countries with VAT systems and stringent reporting laws.

Compliance Advantages of a Connected Supply Chain

For manufacturers with a global footprint, VAT compliance is a major challenge. Regulations are complex and carry tough penalties for violations, including fines and operational delays, which can negatively impact the bottom line. In addition, tax laws vary not only from country to country but also at the local and regional levels.

In the most complex environments, governments are requiring detailed supply chain data. For example, in Brazil, manufacturers must use radio frequency identification (RFID) trackers to track goods from the warehouse to their final destination. And by January 2019, companies will need to comply with Bloco K — requiring new reports, internal tracking and documentation processes for inventory.

Because of this, multinational companies need solutions that work at the speed of business. Connected supply chains facilitate this new era of inventory tracking and reporting.

In Latin America and Europe, mandated e-invoicing and VAT reporting requirements can be addressed more easily through automated devices connected with Sovos’ Intelligent Compliance Cloud. This solution offers comprehensive reporting within existing systems of record while reducing audit risks and improving cash flow.

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Sovos is a global provider of tax, compliance and trust solutions and services that enable businesses to navigate an increasingly regulated world with true confidence. Purpose-built for always-on compliance capabilities, our scalable IT-driven solutions meet the demands of an evolving and complex global regulatory landscape. Sovos’ cloud-based software platform provides an unparalleled level of integration with business applications and government compliance processes. More than 100,000 customers in 100+ countries – including half the Fortune 500 – trust Sovos for their compliance needs. Sovos annually processes more than three billion transactions across 19,000 global tax jurisdictions. Bolstered by a robust partner program more than 400 strong, Sovos brings to bear an unrivaled global network for companies across industries and geographies. Founded in 1979, Sovos has operations across the Americas and Europe, and is owned by Hg and TA Associates.
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