There were 62 percent more indirect tax changes worldwide in the third quarter of this year than during the same period last year, according to a new report.

The ONESOURCE Indirect Tax rate report from Thomson Reuters found there were 525 tax code changes in Q3 2012, compared with 324 in Q3 2011, including 146 changes in the U.S. alone this quarter, compared with 202 in Q3 2011. 

In the rest of the world, there were 379 international indirect tax code changes, up 310 percent from 122 in Q3 2011.

“We are seeing an increase in both the number of taxes and the complexity of tax laws outside of the U.S., which is making it more difficult for global companies to keep up with changing tax rates and regulations,” said Thomson Reuters vice president of tax research and content Carla Yrjanson in a statement.  “As a result, many global companies are putting best practices and technology in place to ensure they achieve compliance in a cost effective manner.”

The quarterly ONESOURCE Indirect Tax rate report summarizes changes in sales, use and value-added taxes— providing a high-level look at information that is incorporated monthly in detail in Thomson Reuters’ ONESOURCE Indirect Tax global software suite.  Thomson Reuters’ in-house tax experts monitor changes in tax laws for over 175 countries.

The global Q3 2012 report found that 69 state, county, city and transit sales tax increases were implemented in the U.S., compared with 97 in Q3 2011. In the U.S., the average state sales tax remained the same at 5.48 percent in Q3 2012.

There were 20 VAT increases globally, up from 14 in Q3 2011. Spain increased its standard and reduced VAT rates from 18 percent and 8 percent to 21 percent and 10 percent. In China, Beijing joined the VAT Pilot program in September. 

Two Indian states increased their standard rates. In Kamataka, rates rose from 14 percent and 5 percent to 14.5 percent and 5.5 percent. In Punjab, they rose from 12.5 percent and 5 percent to 13.5 percent and 5.5 percent.

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