By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com
As 2012 came to a close, KPMG International in their annual Corporate and Indirect Tax Rate Survey shows that the global indirect tax average increased by 0.17 percent to 15.50. Africa and Asia had the most significant increases, from 14.17 to 14.57 percent and 11.84 to 12.24 percent respectfully. A notable indirect development in 2012 saw the introduction of a VAT Pilot Program in Shanghai and its subsequent extension into other 10 other provincial-level regions.
For 2012, the United Arab Emirates claimed the highest corporate tax rate (55 percent), followed by the United States (40 percent) and Japan (38.01 percent). Of those countries with a corporate income tax, Montenegro had the lowest corporate income tax rate (9 percent), followed by a number of countries at 10 percent including Serbia, Cyprus, Paraguay and Qatar. It should be noted that the “statutory tax rates” could differ from the “effective tax rate”. For example the United Arab Emirates in practice does not levy corporate income tax.
“We expect the global indirect tax rate average to continue to rise in 2013 as more governments continue their path to economic recovery,” says Tim Gillis, KPMG’s Head of Global Indirect Tax Services. “Throughout 2013 a number of countries’ VAT systems will jump up including Finland, Dominican Republic and Cyprus.”
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