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Tax controversy solutions

Multinational organizations continue to spend time and resources managing tax controversies and disputes in both headquarter and foreign jurisdictions. Tax authorities are sharing information about companies and focusing increasingly on implementation failure and motive, not just pure tax technical merit or analysis.

Africa Legal Consulting offers both domestic and multinational companies controversy assistance in the following areas:

•    Tax audit strategy and consulting
•    Tax controversy lifecycle management
•    Dispute resolution

Lawyers from Africa Legal Consulting routinely work closely with other professionals.  It is this combination of legal, business, tax, and compliance knowledge that enables Africa Legal Consulting to provide businesses with a cohesive perspective, enabling companies to make informed business decisions at any stage of the tax controversy cycle.  Africa Legal Consulting proactive insights can help provide a foundation on which to build and implement forward thinking tax controversy resolution strategies.

Tax audit strategy and consulting
For companies looking to proactively structure their systems and processes to minimize tax controversy risk, Africa Legal Consulting has extensive experience in multiple jurisdictions.  With an in-depth understanding of the internal processes and procedures of regulators and authorities, Africa Legal Consulting lawyers and tax controversy specialists are adept at delivering an informed and practical perspective on tax and statutory requirements.

Africa Legal Consulting assists businesses' effectiveness in preparing for and managing tax examinations. Our services include helping companies review pre-filing agreements, reportable transaction disclosures, voluntary disclosure and record retention processes. We develop or enhance programs, supporting internal controls and also provide training for the business' employees. Africa Legal Consulting has a strong reputation for its progressive insight into the key current trends in tax policy and tax audit procedures.

Tax controversy lifecycle management
Businesses are facing an increasing number of tax and regulatory requirements imposed by the countries in which they operate. Tax authorities are becoming more sophisticated in how they target high profile, high risk areas and are enhancing cross-border cooperation with other authorities, including coordination of joint tax audits. Africa Legal Consulting’s tax controversy practices include lawyers and tax specialists who provide strategic advice and tactical support to businesses in all facets of the tax controversy lifecycle.

We focus on efficiently and cost effectively helping companies address to their individual tax audit needs in multiple jurisdictions. Our approach to tax audit management helps businesses enhance access to essential data, expedite responses to information requests and proposed tax adjustments, utilize in-house tax departments and local country controller resources more efficiently, and build greater consistency in the information provided to tax authorities.

Dispute resolution
When controversies or disputes arise, Africa Legal Consulting professionals provide assistance with:
•    Appeals and other legal protests
•    Developing technical arguments and drafting advisory opinions
•    Reporting
•    Representation and litigation with authorities
•    Post appeals mediation
•    Arbitration
•    Settlement

By bringing negotiation experience with other industries and jurisdictions we can help companies advance negotiations with tax authorities and manage penalty exposures. Africa Legal Consulting teams specializing in dispute resolution include lawyers, accountants, auditors, economists, former government officials, and industry specialists. By developing a thorough understanding of each company's specific challenges and aligning dedicated specialists Africa Legal Consulting can bring the right resources to the issue.