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Value-Added Tax

Local support for managing global tax

Value-Added Tax

Manage requirements and increase savings

Although it isn’t used in the United States, value-added tax (VAT) is levied by more than 170 other countries, making it the most common form of tax worldwide. U.S. companies with overseas operations must pay this indirect tax and keep accurate records to receive credits for the VAT paid at every stage in the supply chain, from production to final sale.

Based in the U.S. as part of our State and Local Tax practice, the KPMG VAT team offers an international perspective delivered locally. Our professionals have hands-on experience working with VAT regimes around the world, and with companies in a wide range of industries. Services include:

  • Defining and managing key VAT risks
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce absolute VAT costs and cash flow impacts
  • Reviewing an organization’s locations, businesses, and supply chain to identify VAT registration requirements
  • Assisting with compliance requirements in multiple regions
  • Implementing and maintaining technology platforms to automate VAT payment and compliance
  • Assisting with audits and recoveries from local tax authorities

Our U.S. VAT team works closely with KPMG Global Indirect Tax professionals from KPMG International member firms around the world. Wherever you are, we can mobilize a team to address your needs effectively.

Reverse audit

KPMG can conduct a reverse audit of your purchase or sales transactions to uncover VAT overpayments and address the issues that caused them.

VAT recovery

VAT overpayments are common, but the recovery process can be complex and slow. KPMG uses local knowledge and the latest technology to help improve the VAT recovery process.

Compliance management

Our teams use proprietary and third-party technology solutions to help U.S.-based companies review, automate, and improve VAT compliance.

Why choose KPMG for VAT?

Global VAT experience

Global VAT experience

KPMG has more than 60 professionals with hands-on experience in VAT regimes around the world. Our diverse team includes people from 29 nations who speak 19 languages.

A range of industry knowledge

A range of industry knowledge

KPMG VAT team members have worked with companies in virtually every sector and industry, from start-ups to established global multinational organizations.

A global network

A global network

While we work with U.S. clients locally, we have access to and connections with KPMG International member firms around the world so we can deploy cross-border teams to address complex issues.

Technology-guided improvements

Technology-guided improvements

KPMG has developed analytical tools and methodologies that can give clients a clearer view of VAT compliance and identify potential process improvements.

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Global indirect tax obligations in the digital economy

Over 170 countries employ a value-added tax (VAT) or goods and services tax (GST). An increasing number of these VAT/GST jurisdictions have introduced, or are in the process of introducing, VAT/GST rules aimed at the digital economy. U.S.-headquartered multinational companies who operate in these countries need to understand their global tax obligations.

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