Corporate structures

A proactive approach to complex international tax topics.

Developing international corporate structures that have an efficient but appropriate tax treatment is becoming increasingly complex. Worldwide changes are being triggered by the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative. In addition, national tax policies are changing at an accelerating rate as governments try and repair national budgets damaged by Covid-19, use tax as a trade weapon, or capture the revenues from digital businesses.

Our approach

In this fast-changing environment, we believe in a risk-averse, long-term and sustainable approach to developing corporate structures, rather than being forced to respond to each new piece of legislation or tax court ruling.

Our global team is tracking local tax issues in advance, including disruptive tax events such as Brexit. This international presence makes Mazars ideally placed to serve both larger corporations and mid-sized firms undergoing their first international expansion. In addition, Mazars supports international groups to resolve their tax issues triggered by the OECD BEPS initiative and the EU-Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD).

We also offer advice on tax-efficient structures during cross-border acquisitions and disposals, and strategic assistance during international tax field audits.

Our services

  • Strategic advice on tax-efficient yet appropriate and sustainable corporate structures;
  • Advice tailored to sectors with specific topics;
  • Tax risk assessment and mitigation;
  • Outsourced assistance on filing;
  • Tax advice in tax field audits including joint tax audits and the OECD’s International Compliance Assurance Program (ICAP);
  • Cloud-based tools such including our unique DAC6 reporting system.

International taxation for companies

Navigating the intricacies of international company structures and taxation demands a strategic and forward-thinking approach in today's dynamic business environment. With the evolving landscape shaped by initiatives like the OECD's BEPS and the EU's ATAD, businesses face a complex web of regulatory requirements and tax implications. Crafting tax-efficient yet compliant structures requires a deep understanding of international organizational architectures, including divisional structuring and geographical management frameworks.

Tax risk

Furthermore, proactive tax risk assessment and mitigation strategies are essential to safeguard against potential liabilities and ensure compliance with regulatory standards. This involves not only analyzing current tax risks but also staying ahead of emerging trends and regulatory changes to adapt strategies accordingly. Collaboration with experienced tax advisors who possess a global perspective and expertise in international tax matters is crucial. Such partnerships enable businesses to navigate local tax issues, joint tax audits, and complex reporting obligations, including those outlined in frameworks like DAC6, with confidence and efficiency.

Ultimately, businesses must adopt a proactive and adaptive mindset, continually reassessing their international structures and tax strategies to remain compliant, competitive, and resilient in an ever-evolving global marketplace. By leveraging strategic insights, robust compliance frameworks, and collaborative partnerships, companies can navigate the complexities of international taxation while optimizing their tax position and ensuring sustainable growth across borders.