Companies remain under pressure to respond to the range of stakeholders who are interested in their tax affairs. These include investors, regulators, tax authorities and NGOs as well as internal stakeholders.
A key challenge for companies in the current environment is to consider how best to respond to a landscape which continues to evolve. Increased attention from stakeholders around tax is driven by a number of factors including media headlines, pressure from campaign groups and the public, and changes in regulation (e.g. public tax strategy and country-by-country reporting). Some companies are adopting a reactive approach while others are being more strategic, considering transparency, to whom and for what purpose. We can help you to develop your thinking in this area.
Who are the leaders in tax transparency and would additional disclosures add value to your business?
Tax transparency is not about providing additional technical detail on numbers and performance. Rather it requires a broader look at tax strategy, risk management and the wider impact of tax as well as greater focus on clarity. We can help you to identify and explore who will be interested in your tax disclosures, the approach taken by the leaders in tax transparency and consider what (if any) disclosures would help to add value to your business.
How have tax disclosures changed in the last year and how do your disclosures benchmark against your peers?
We are in a new era of tax transparency. As companies navigate their way through the requirements of schedule 19 FA 2016 for a public tax strategy, the comments from the Financial Reporting Council review on tax reporting and the demands of country-by-country reporting, a number are making more extensive disclosures. We can assist you in understanding how your current and proposed disclosures compare to your peers in this changing landscape.
What is your total contribution in taxes, in addition to corporation tax?
Companies pay many other taxes in addition to corporation tax but often there is little visibility over these business taxes. Taxes and other contributions to government that companies pay are an important contribution to the creation of prosperity in the UK. The PwC Total Tax Contribution Framework provides a methodology for companies to measure and communicate all the taxes and contributions that they pay. We can help you to identify, extract, analyse and report the taxes you pay.
How does your ETR compare to your peers?
Heads of tax and CFOs need to be prepared and able to explain how their company’s ETR compares to their peers. We can help you to understand the spread of ETRs in your industry sector, identify drivers for the rate and understand how your position compares to the ETR trends of your peer group.
How you can you articulate your broader contribution to the society in which you operate?
Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) is a flexible framework that enables business to develop a better understanding of how to create sustainable value for their shareholders while generating value for the wider communities they affect.
Total Tax Contribution and Tax Transparency leader, PwC United Kingdom
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Director External Relations, Tax, PwC United Kingdom
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