International Businesses & Tax

International business refers to trade activities between two or more business establishments located and operating in different countries. The trade is in the form of transfer of goods, services, technology or capital. All cross-border business transactions are the part of international business. International business is a big part of the trade industry as it allows domestic trade to explore foreign markets to avoid saturation of its products and businesses in their own country. Often when a domestic market moves towards saturation for a business there are still great opportunities in foreign countries and companies shift from local business to international business. A business also steps in International market as it allows them to set up their factories and plants in other countries where the labor rates, procurement of raw materials and other expenses are less as compared to the developed countries.


International businesses rely on tax consultants, accountants, and financial experts to manage their taxation and accountancy affairs. In international trades, there are specific provisions to taxing that differ from country to country. A business may need to understand the tax system so the firm could comply bu all tax regulations of the countries they trade with.

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When a company works in a specific country and import and export commodities from one country to another they must understand the country's economic policies and the country tax system that includes different types of interest rates. The tax laws of a country may increase or decrease the amount of tax payable and have an impact on your net income. Many countries have exemption clause where business sectors may claim for tax rebates or deductions on specific trades and manufacturing. tax consultant reviews all such policies and the tax structure of foreign countries so that the business operates under the tax brackets of international businesses.



The government's economic policy will affect your business directly via taxes and interest rates, and indirectly via public spending. Tax laws can increase or decrease the amount of tax you have to pay, and therefore will change your net profit. Special rules or exemptions may affect certain business sectors.


There are different forms of corporate taxes applicable to the international business. These include payroll taxes, income taxes, and inbound and outbound taxation on domestic and foreign sales. The taxation policies differ from one country to another. The tax consultations include understanding the different provisions of taxation for international business. There are also government run taxation services, and general tax centers where international business can seek taxes information, help with tax issues, and claim for rebates and tax benefits.


Every industry operates under specific international rules and regulation. A jewellery shop needs to acquire a business license to operate internationally. Depending on the country and its provisions a jewellery shop may apply for a permit and comes under the tax ambit of the location to operate an international jewellery shop. While some countries require the business to partner with a domestic entity if they wish to start a jewellery shop.