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The new Sustainability focus and increased use of environmental taxes will impact companies’ pricing and margins. A clear assessment of this impact will not only allow you to adapt your strategy but also to identify funding opportunities. Environmental taxes are usually not on the radar of the tax function. But the increasing number of tax audits in this respect will likely lead to the tax function becoming responsible for the management of these taxes. Same goes for the people – social and governance components. We help you turn your company’s tax function into an informed discussion partner for your management and other business units in charge of Sustainability.
As governments around the world increasingly using environmental taxes and carbon pricing to change the behavior of companies we must assess their impact to evaluate the strategies, risk and business model. In addition, to finance their transition toward a greener future companies can and should identify tax credits, incentives and funding's that there are eligible to.
Acting responsibly is no longer a choice – it's a business imperative. Governments, consumers, investors, employees, and society at large are demanding transparency from companies on how they address Sustainability issues and policies. The tax transparency reporting and strategy continues to evolve. Companies must define their approach to tax transparency and coordinate it with their broader sustainability strategy.
Environmental taxes are usually not on the radar of the tax function. But the increasing number of tax audits in this respect will likely lead to the tax function becoming responsible for the management of these taxes. Consequently, to tackle this obligation tax functions will have to insure that they have access to the required data. To insure proper reporting they must have in place: high quality data, clear processes and control.
When designing the company Sustainability strategy the tax function is usually not initially involved. However the increasing importance of environmental taxes, carbon pricing and their impact on the price of the product and margin will likely transform the tax function to a key player of the Sustainability strategy, value chain and business model discussion. Tax function should see Sustainability as an opportunity to transform and become an effective business partner to management and operations.
With our broad experience and manifold services, we can ideally support you in your Sustainability transformation. PwC offers you a tailor-made service and product package.
Sustainability is here to stay. But in terms of green taxation there is no international harmonisation yet. A holistic overview of the environmental taxes your company might be exposed to enables you to make informed decisions and optimise your activities.
Partner, Sustainability Tax & Legal Leader, PwC Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 792 59 40
Partner, Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory, PwC Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 792 45 23
Manager, Business Development Tax and Legal, PwC Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 792 47 89