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India – 200 days of GST – The Road Ahead

India successfully implemented its most ambitious tax reform on 1st July 2017. The transition to the new regime has been relatively smooth except for the technology related challenges for GST compliances. The Government of India (‘GOI’) has also been quick in taking remedial action such as simplifying the GST compliances, reduction in GST rates and enforcing the anti-profiteering provisions. Continue reading

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India – GST Council temporarily extends the present system of filing of returns and export benefits for procurement of goods and recommends implementation of e-way bill scheme in a phased manner from 01 April 2018

In its 26th meeting held on 10 March 2018, the GST Council has decided to extend the present system of compliance for taxpayers for another 3 months up to June 2018, and the export benefits for procurement of goods for another 6 months up to 01 October 2018. Continue reading

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UAE – No delay to UAE’s VAT launch despite plea, says tax chief

Khaled Al Bustani, director general of the Federal Tax Authority, says VAT will start as planned on Jan 1 2018

The UAE is fully committed to introducing VAT on January 1 despite calls for it to be put back by a senior banker, it was announced on Wednesday. Continue reading

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ZHAW – Workshop-Serie – Compliance in Action

Gerne möchte ich Sie auf die Workshop-Reihe „Compliance in Action“ der ZHAW (Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften) aufmerksam machen.

An acht Abenden geben namhafte Compliance-Praktiker ihre Erfahrungen weiter. Sie zeigen auf, wie komplexe Compliance-Herausforderungen im unternehmerischen Alltag effizient gemeistert werden können. Continue reading

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India – Is your business GST compliant? – invitation to a webcast

Finally, the much awaited GST has been rolled out. It is a big step forward for the country, and is one of the most complex GST rollouts worldwide.

However, the big question that lies ahead of us is: Are we ready to comply with GST? Continue reading

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MWST-Compliance als Chance

megatrend-mwstJedes Unternehmen ist für die korrekte Abrechnung der Mehrwertsteuer verantwortlich. Ob und wie intensiv die Unternehmen geprüft werden, hängt vom Vertrauen der Steuerverwaltung in die Wirtschaft im Allgemeinen und in die Firmen im Besonderen ab. Eine effiziente und korrekte MWST-Compliance stärkt das Vertrauen und spart Geld, schafft Effektivität und Ressourceneffizienz, optimiert den Cashflow und vermeidet teure Strafrisiken. Continue reading


SAF – T Standard Audit File for Tax


The objective of a tax audit is to confirm or deny that the business has paid the correct amount of tax at the right time in line with domestic law. The days when an audit was carried out based on spot checks are over, we have already entered the age of computer-assisted audit some years ago. The future will be based on checking complete data based on comprehensive software tests. One of the steps in this direction is the obligation of providing complete data in certain format known as SAF-T.

The Standard Audit File for Tax Schemas have been designed as an international standard of best practice by the OECD. It defines the minimum necessary to extract meaningful information from a business accounting system. SAF-T is a standard of exporting accurate tax accounting data in a format that can be easily read by tax authorities. Continue reading