The familiar tax world is coming to an end.

The relationship between taxpayer and tax authority will fundamentally change in the coming years. Two new frameworks can help you prepare for this digital transformation journey.

How to survive
in the new world of tax

Using digital technologies at scale on data digitised by the private sector will give tax administrations ‘superpowers’. These new capabilities will bring transparency to the taxpayer-authority relationship, fundamentally changing it. This will uncover any tax-related incoherence and confront corporate taxpayers with many uncomfortable questions. 

Start managing the transformation now

Digitalisation brings two fundamental tax-related challenges. Organisations have to deal with the digital transformation of tax authorities and, simultaneously, need to orchestrate the digital transformation of their own in-house tax function. Managing both transformations simultaneously is a significant and complex task, but one that we think organisations can manage with careful planning and a little foresight.

How to organise all this change

Tax disruption management: How to survive in the new world of tax is available in English.

Download the full paper here

In the paper, we address four topics:

  • We describe the fundamental changes that corporate taxpayers will face.
  • We explain why tax disruption will be particularly challenging.
  • We outline the benefits of acting now.
  • We outline a tool-set that will help you organise and manage this change.

The frameworks

When it comes to tax disruption management it’s important to take a systematic and well-documented approach. That’s why we have developed the two frameworks introduced in this paper. Our tax disruption risk assessment framework (the ‘cube’) and our tax disruption management framework (the ‘inverted pyramid’) are designed to help you maintain an overview and carefully plan your next steps as tax disruption unfolds and the new digital and transparent world of tax emerges.

The tax disruption risk framework (the 'cube')

As an initial measure, our interactive model of the ‘tax disruption cube’ is designed to help your organisation monitor and visualise the novel risks. Like a solid weather forecast, it’s intended to prepare you for the likely future in the best way possible.

Hence, the main goal of the tax disruption risk framework (tax disruption cube) is to strategically determine where and when to invest in digital capabilities.

The tax disruption management framework (the 'inverted pyramid')

Unfortunately, it’s not sufficient to have a solid weather forecast. You also need to prepare adequately and consistently for the upcoming weather situation. So, as the next step we propose our tax disruption management framework (the ‘inverted pyramid’). This provides you with a plan pointing out what measures should be taken at what level of the organisation to mitigate the novel risks and, at the same time, reap the benefits of a technology- and data enabled tax function.

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Contact us

Christoph Schärer

Tax and Legal Innovation, Transformation & Disruption Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 42 82

Dr. Christian R. Ulbrich

Assistant Manager, Tax Disruption Think Tank, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 23 16

Stuart Jones

Senior Manager, Tax Disruption Consulting, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 45 16