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Making international payments is more than clearing and settlement, it’s tax too

Tipalti a leader in global supplier payments automation, has extended its accounts payable tax compliance capabilities to help companies collect and validate tax IDs from their suppliers in Argentina and Brazil. This enables all businesses engaging with suppliers and partners in those countries to ensure tax compliance by recording tax information for those payees. In addition, by validating a supplier’s tax information, it can reduce the risk of fraudulent payments to those countries.

Tipalti self service portal

Through Tipalti’s secure self-service portal, suppliers provide their contact and banking information. Supplier data is validated using over 26,000 global remittance rules to eliminate payment issues and suppliers then also provide their tax identification in order to be payable. That data is validated and stored for the payer and accessible at any time, from anywhere through Tipalti’s cloud platform.

The accounts payable tax compliance capability is seamlessly integrated within Tipalti’s end-to-end supplier payments platform, allowing finance departments to automate their entire accounts payable workflow, from supplier onboarding to tax and regulatory compliance, invoice processing, global supplier remittance, proactive payment status communications, and payment reconciliation and AP financial reporting.

Verifying Brazilian and Argentinian suppliers

For Brazilian suppliers, Tipalti verifies state and municipal codes for an individual (CPF) or corporation (CNPJ) matches the payee’s name. For Argentine suppliers, Tipalti verifies state and municipal code for an individual (CUIT) or corporation (CUIL) matches the payee’s name.

FATCA support

To support the US Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Tipalti released a software update last year for US-based companies that walks international suppliers through the challenging process of choosing the correct Internal Revenue Service tax form and then collects and validates form data through a digitized process including electronic signature. This capability was reviewed and approved by KPMG to meet IRS requirements, enabling companies to efficiently collect tax ID information with digitally signed W-9 and W-8 series forms and automatically perform any required withholding.

“Tax compliance, as we’ve seen with FATCA in the US, is falling more to the accounts payable disciplines due to its close association with paying suppliers,” says Roby Baruch, Vice President of Products at Tipalti.

CTMfile take: This a classic example of how the modern payment services don’t just make payments, they minimise the overall workload of the whole business transaction. Not only this, they provide strong financial and compliance controls which also helps to minimises the workload. Business solutions are needed not just payment services.

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