State and Local Tax Communications Industry Practice

Helping communications service providers navigate the complex framework of taxes, fees and surcharge imposed on the industry.

You do not need mixed messages, especially in today’s complex tax landscape. The Communications industry faces unique tax issues, specific to their varying businesses—wireline, wireless, cable, satellite, Internet, VoIP and other cloud-based offerings. Amidst constant changes and digital disruption, companies need a team of professionals who understand the industry’s fluid nature and evolving tax environment to improve processes and increase accuracy and efficiency.

KPMG has heard your call

KPMG’s State and Local Tax (SALT) Communications Industry practice has extensive experience with telecommunications and indirect tax issues, including the classification of new or emerging services, the integration of tax calculation software with billing systems to automate the application of telecommunications taxes to revenue streams, compliance processes and procedures, large data management and communications equipment exemptions.

Our practice brings real-world experience and technical knowledge to help companies:

  • Streamline and modernize direct and indirect tax processes
  • Manage tax risk and internal controls
  • Navigate changing tax laws and regulations affecting the industry

We provide a broad array of services such as:

  • Sales and use tax, telecommunications tax, and VAT compliance
  • State income and franchise tax compliance, consulting and return reviews
  • Reverse sales and use tax audit service
  • State tax audit and controversy assistance
  • Taxability determinations for products and services
  • ERP, billing system and tax engine implementations
  • D&A tools and transaction tax diagnostic services
  • Mergers and acquisitions due diligence
  • Diagnostic reviews of compliance processes
  • Business license and registration services
  • Unclaimed property consulting and audit assistance
  • Property tax compliance and appeals assistance

Our team has years of public accounting experience advising communications companies, as well as experience working as state auditors, telecommunications company tax professionals, and software developers. This experience gives us a unique understanding of the challenges communications companies face when trying to comply with the varying tax laws across the country and how those challenges change with advancements in technology. Our client-centric approach focuses on helping you to strengthen compliance and transform your tax function.