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What are the Big 4 Tax Service Lines | Big 4 Interview Questions

What are the Big 4 Tax Service Lines

We often get asked what are the different service lines in the tax groups at the Big 4. Generally the major tax groups at Deloitte, PWC, KPMG and EY are all similar. They are as follows:

Corporate tax

This group tends to focus on corporate tax involving multinationals with companies all over the world. The work can at times be very complex and can involve bother compliance work, but also a lot of tax planning work.

Transfer Pricing

Involves working with multinationals and assisting them pricing there internal cross border transactions between their subsidiaries. It tends to be a lot more economic/financial related work than traditional tax work. The work is a mix of compliance and tax.

M&A Tax

This group works on tax due diligence and structuring for company mergers and acquisitions. So they will advise a company looking to buy another on potential tax issues with the company being acquired by performing due diligence and can also be involved in advising on the best way to structure the transaction for either the buyer or seller to minimize their tax.

Indirect Tax

Working with sales taxes. Tends to be mostly compliance related work.

Employment Tax/Mobility Services/Personal Tax

Has several names depending on the firm and location. This group deals with personal tax, i.e. for individuals. Generally it involves being contracted by multinationals to assist with personal tax for their expats working around the world. Other teams will also work with wealthy individuals. The work is mostly compliance. However, the wealthy individual work will involve a lot of planning as well.

For a full run down of the other big 4 service lines and our big 4 tax interview questions, please see our ebook guide.




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