If your business is expanding internationally, you are likely familiar with the phrase permanent establishment (PE). Any business activity that generates revenue in a country can be deemed by local authorities as having created a PE, giving that country the power to assess income or a value-added tax.
The problem with PE is that it often exists in a gray area, open to interpretation by fiscal authorities in different countries. What’s considered to be revenue-generating in one place may be seen as purely marketing (non-revenue generating) elsewhere.
Remember, in most countries, in order to recognize a PE, it needs to be formally registered under some corporate identity, typically a branch, representative office or a subsidiary entity.
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