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International Tax Consulting

While businesses devote considerable resources toward minimizing domestic taxes, many organizations spend significantly less effort on reducing foreign taxes - even though their effective tax rates are frequently higher than the U.S. tax rate. In addition, multinational companies are not paying as close attention to transfer pricing and treaty shopping issues - during a time when many foreign revenue authorities are especially focused on those issues.

Without careful planning, a company's earnings could be depleted by additional tax costs and the costs of defending tax cases.

BDO's International Tax Consulting practice offers a wide range of services to assist companies navigate international rules to identify risks and opportunities. Our services include (as related to both inbound and outbound tax planning):

  • Basic Structuring: Choosing among branch and subsidiary, tax-efficient acquisitions and joint ventures, financing and utilizing foreign losses.
  • Sophisticated Structuring: Location and use of holding, service and intellectual property companies; tax arbitrage; treaty planning; hybrid planning; and effective use of low-tax jurisdictions.
  • Risk Management & Compliance: Transfer pricing reviews, compliance and reporting.
  • Profit Realization: Dividends and foreign tax credits and planning for sales and flotations.

We can also advise clients on using new financing ideas for tax-effective repatriation and financing; moving intellectual property revenue streams to tax-friendly jurisdictions; and organizing and streamlining tax functions.