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Tax Governance

Tax Governance

Helping clients with their tax strategy, governance and tax function design.

Helping clients with their tax strategy, governance and tax function design.

The attitudes of many governments, shareholders and boards of directors to tax are changing – managing tax risk and reputational issues are high on the agenda. For today’s tax directors, it is essential to meet compliance obligations, work with the business, and communicate internally and externally on the group’s tax position, while improving their efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Tax directors need to make sure their tax functions are equipped with the capabilities they need to meet these varied demands.

In Australia, the importance of demonstrating tax governance measures are in place has experienced a step change. The Australian Taxation Office has established a tax governance benchmark through its Justified Trust methodology, which is being reviewed formally through its Top 100, Top 1000 and private groups compliance programs.

How KPMG can help

In our experience, setting a tax strategy, putting in place a governance framework and taking steps needed to bring it to life are the building blocks to success. Establishing the right operating model for your tax function is key.

KPMG Tax Governance & Transparency team:

  • establish a clear tax vision and strategy that is aligned with the business objectives of the wider organisation and articulates how the tax function will deliver value
  • determine your appetite for risk including reputational risk
  • implement a governance and control framework that defines the taxes for which the tax team is responsible
  • implement processes and controls to manage your tax risks across all of the taxes for which you are responsible
  • analyse and test existing tax control environments 
  • create the right operating model for your tax function, mapping out the people, processes and technology you need to efficiently deliver the agreed tax strategy
  • benchmark your tax function and put in place relevant key performance indicators (KPI) to drive the right behaviour and demonstrate success
  • obtain visibility over your global tax data and develop a plan to communicate your tax position and comply with legislative requirements, whether you are reporting to the tax authorities or the public
  • prepare, enhance and support in delivery of board communication and training on tax governance matters
  • prepare or review tax transparency reports
  • review tax governance robustness as part of tax due diligence and post deal integration projects

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