Your VAT compliance strategy
Tax shouldn’t impede growth, and it doesn’t have to if you have a proactive tax compliance strategy. So to minimise risk, VAT needs to be a critical factor in supply chain planning.
In this e-book, we take a detailed look into crucial elements of VAT compliance, with clear explanations to inform your tax strategy and to also help you reap the full benefits of an efficient global supply chain. In detail, we look at:
- What factors should you consider in VAT compliance planning? These include import VAT, local supply of goods, intra EU deliveries, chain transactions and triangulation, VAT reverse charge, in addition to zero-rated vs exempt goods.
- What are the impacts of these types of tax and transactions? How these types of tax and transactions affect your business, when they apply, and what you need to do to avoid noncompliance.
- What are the new and changed regulations and what do they mean for businesses? Many governments have dramatically changed their tax regulations, introducing continuous transaction controls (CTCs) and the Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) so tax authorities can better detect errors in tax reporting, and also look for discrepancies.
The cost of getting it wrong
Failure to comply creates both risk and consequences for businesses such as:
- Disrupting operations. Noncompliance can disrupt operations, putting supplier relationships and supply chain stability on the line. Consequently, goods may be delayed at customs borders goods may be delayed at customs borders if formalities are not complied with.
- Delays in VAT refunds. Businesses could have their VAT refunds delayed, tying up significant sums of money that could instead be put toward paying suppliers or investing in innovations.
- Fines and penalties. Errors can result in penalties or fines of up to 200% of VAT owed. This directly impacts the bottom line and also transforms VAT from a neutral to a hard cost.
The right technology for the job
VAT is becoming more complex and governments are digitizing indirect taxes. Therefore, businesses need to be armed with the right technology to simplify and streamline global tax obligations.
In the ever-changing legislative environment, businesses must also be able to maintain both control and visibility of their global tax obligations effectively. They need to use insights to predict what will change next.
With standardisation, automation and new levels of data, Sovos combines unparalleled regulatory expertise with technology that supports compliance by enabling:
- Complete, continuous management of VAT determination and reporting, as well as business-to-government reporting in every country in which your business operates.
- Comprehensive functional and geographic coverage of VAT reporting, CTCs, compliance archiving, and determination around the globe.
- Integration with complex ERP, billing systems, POS, P2P and EDI systems as CTC and other VAT requirements create a much broader footprint on transactional and record-keeping systems.
Contact us now and let Sovos help you reap the full benefits of an efficient global supply chain.
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