Three tax risks to consider when managing your supply chain

Supply Chain Management (SCM) aims at fulfilling customer demands through the most efficient use of resources, which includes distribution capacity, inventory and labour. Merely locating the assets and risks of one’s supply chain in a favourable tax jurisdiction is not sufficient. The functions, together with the people, must be located in the chosen jurisdiction to manage these particular assets and risks. It is essential that the systems and processes, implemented and applied, support these functions in order to create a sustainable tax benefit.

Local tax authorities will attempt to defend their tax base at all costs. This may result in the local tax authorities seeking substantial taxable capital gains and/or transfer pricing adjustments when restructuring actions (which reduce the ultimate tax they would have received) are implemented.

Therefore, careful planning and documentation substantiating the reasons why certain steps were taken, are essential to ensure most tax risks are mitigated. Transfer pricing documentation also forms an important part of the documentation required. In the absence thereof, a substantial amount of time and resources may need to be set aside in the event that adverse assessments have to be defended. Read the rest of the advice of local tax consultants at the following link: Deloitte Tax identifies three tax risks to consider when managing your supply chain.

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