Chief tax officers are anticipating some main developments within the New 12 months with regards to worldwide taxation, mergers and acquisitions, expertise, expertise and extra, in keeping with a current survey from KPMG.

KPMG’s third Annual Chief Tax Officer Outlook polled 126 CTOs from firms throughout numerous industries about world taxes, M&A, tech, hiring, sustainability, and extra.

The survey discovered that 46% of the CTOs who responded to the ballot anticipate worldwide settlement on the Group for Financial Improvement and Cooperation’s Pillar I and II proposals for company taxation. Over three-quarters (78%) of the CTOs polled consider regulatory threat is the best risk to their organizations over the subsequent three years, with expertise threat coming subsequent at 52%.

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In case some type of the Biden administration’s Construct Again Higher Act passes subsequent yr, tax leaders shall be bracing for any potential tax will increase, though company tax will increase seem like unlikely to win settlement for now from average Democrats within the Senate like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona. What-if situations and modeling might assist firms with their tax planning simply in case.

“CTOs anticipate an array of legislative modifications however what these modifications shall be and the way they may influence their organizations is the place the best uncertainty lies,” mentioned Manal Corwin, principal in command of KPMG’s Washington Nationwide Tax Follow, in a press release. “Modeling and situation planning stay key necessities for organizations to successfully and shortly assess how modifications will influence their companies. Those that are most proactive of their modeling shall be greatest ready to adapt.”

Environmental, social and governance reporting has change into extra of a priority because the tempo of local weather change continues to speed up, however 60% of the respondents mentioned tax has been engaged with ESG initiatives solely periodically, whereas different groups are main the cost.

“We’re seeing a world motion to contemplate ESG extra broadly throughout enterprise actions and undertake larger duty,” mentioned Brett Weaver, nationwide chief of worth chain administration at KPMG U.S., in a press release. “This features a firm’s strategy to tax. Nonetheless, tax performs a singular function in ESG in that it’s each a measure and a driver of sustainability. Whereas firms are scrutinized over whether or not they’re paying sufficient tax, governments are offering tax incentives to advertise broad ESG initiatives. This leaves vital room for exterior stakeholders to misread an organization’s ESG tax contributions and should spotlight a must publicly ‘inform your story’ round tax.”

Know-how has been rising in significance too, with 79% of the respondents indicating that knowledge administration, extract, load and transformation instruments shall be a few of the key applied sciences that tax capabilities might want to function successfully within the “new regular” of the pandemic.

“Corporations must embrace digital transformation, or threat being left behind,” mentioned Greg Engel, vice chair of tax at KPMG, in a press release. “In at the moment’s shortly evolving and more and more complicated tax setting, with a tsunami of tax modifications on the horizon, tax leaders should leverage expertise to make their capabilities extra environment friendly, correct and future-ready.”

Over half (58%) of the CTOs who responded to the survey are more and more coaching or reskilling their current tax professionals as their high expertise technique, with 38% saying they’re including tax technologists.

“Retaining good expertise on this present setting comes at a worth,” mentioned Rema Serafi, nationwide managing companion at KPMG U.S. Tax, in a press release. “With the ‘nice resignation’ and expertise shortages throughout the board, it’s extra important than ever earlier than to retain your highly-skilled professionals by persevering with to upskill and prepare them, providing them flexibility of their work preparations and persevering with to be nimble in a shortly altering setting.”

Mergers are one other development to observe for subsequent yr, with 50% of the CTOs polled saying their crew’s connectivity to M&A transactions is excessive. Tax will play a vital function there too.

“The success of your tax perform and deal phrases are usually not mutually unique,” mentioned Jim Todd, U.S. nationwide chief of M&A tax at KPMG, in a press release. “That mentioned, each transaction has tax implications and essentially the most strategic and forward-thinking tax capabilities will in the end solely enhance M&Successful and drive worth all through the deal lifecycle.”

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