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Unilateral Measures across the Globe

One of the rapidly evolving areas of international taxation is addressing the challenge of what a fair and workable tax system should look like in our modern global economy – where it is possible to make money from a distance and not pay taxes in countries where a business has customers but no local profit making activity. While the OECD is working towards a global solution, in the absence of consensus and in recognition of the time that it is likely to take to agree on a workable global framework, many countries have pressed ahead and announced unilateral measures to implement their version of how the digital economy should be taxed. These measures take a range of forms and, even where they align in concept - for example, a digital services tax - the base for taxation can differ significantly. 

The inconsistency of unilateral measures increases the complexity for businesses who seek to comply with the rules and can increase the overall tax burden. BDO has created a tool to help navigate this emerging landscape. 

 

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