• Service: Tax, Corporate Tax, Global Transfer Pricing Services, Indirect Tax, Advisory, Management Consulting, Technology Advisory, Topics, Innovation & Technology Trends, Cloud Computing
  • Industry: Media, Technology, Telecommunications
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 19/04/2012

Cloud survey series

A series of KPMG publications that address the challenges and opportunities facing users and providers of cloud.

Tax in the Cloud: A briefing for Tax Directors 

Business models are evolving as companies worldwide respond to changes in technology and the rise of cloud computing. From a tax perspective, this means change.
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KPMG's Tax in the Cloud report addresses a number of direct and indirect issues, challenges and opportunities that can arise when adopting cloud services.


Many uncertainties exist around the implementation of cloud, and often the most complex questions are raised around the tax implications of cloud.


Too often, tax impacts are not fully considered at the time that the transition to a new cloud delivery model is being planned and executed. Tax can influence the long term outcomes of planned new cloud projects, and should be included in any business case.


Key insights

  • Significant tax issues for both providers and users of cloud, which are multiplied when the transactions are cross-border.
  • Additional scrutiny from Tax authorities who are becoming increasingly aware of the tax implications of the switch from traditional IT service provision and the potential for tax leakage.
  • How consideration of the tax implications may well strengthen a long-term business case for cloud and help organisations improve their bottom line performance and their operating effectiveness.


Our Tax team assists with corporate tax, transfer pricing, indirect tax, global mobility, R&D incentives, superannuation and more.


We help our clients make choices that achieve growth and better understand and manage the challenges and opportunities inherent in technology.

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