May 19, 2020

Buying a franchise: 3 tips for getting it right the first time

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franchising
tips and tricks
Andrew Rusnak
2 min
Buying a franchise: 3 tips for getting it right the first time

Franchising can be a fantastic way to take advantage of brand names and make lots of money, but it can also be full pitfalls if you aren't prepared.

Franchising without thinking ahead can be very expensive, and it may lead to a number of liability costs that you did not anticipate.

In order to prepare for the possibility of franchising, here are some tips:

Franchise Fees

Many franchises charge fees for using their brand names, likenesses, products, and so on.

In order to not only offset costs with training a franchisee, but also to generate revenue, many franchise owners charge a fee to get involved. The benefit of paying this fee is that you, the franchisee, are able to advertise your establishment using an established brand name.

However, not all franchises charge this fee, and some will be willing to reduce it in some circumstances.

This is why it's a good idea to look at what has worked in your region or local market and then find franchises that are willing

Be Fair About Your Contract

Many franchisees are so excited to get involved that they agree to almost anything the franchise offers.

In the article, "Avoid These Pitfalls When Buying a Franchise," the author mentions that what's important to remember is that franchises are able to offer their franchising services for a number of reasons: money, experience, and brand recognition.

This means that most contracts will be initially written in the franchise's favor, and very rarely will potential franchisees speak up to voice concern.

 As a result, you need to bring to light questions or concerns that you have regarding terms and conditions. Failing to do so may mean you will fail as a franchisee.

Get a Lawyer

In addition to the above, it would be a very good idea to retain the services of a lawyer who specializes in franchise contracts.

This can go a long way in helping if you find that the signed contract does not provide you with the products or services that you initially expected.

It can also help if you are found to be in a position in which you are personally not able to meet the requirements of the contract for various reasons that may not have been clearly outlined.

A lawyer can also come in handy if the franchisor tries to change the terms and/or conditions after agreeing to a contract, something that, sadly, happens all too often.

About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include franchise purchases and business development.

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Jun 8, 2021

Six issues at the top of tax and finance leaders’ agenda

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Compliance
financeleaders
Deloitte
Kate Birch
4 min
As businesses accelerate their transformation journeys, tax leaders are under increasing pressure to add strategic value. Deloitte reveals six tax trends

New Deloitte research reveals that tax leaders are under increasing pressure to add strategic value as companies accelerate business model transformation, from undergoing digital transformations to rethinking their supply chains or investing in green initiatives.

According to Phil Mills, Deloitte Global Tax & Legal Leader, to “truly deliver value to the business, the tax function needs to rethink its resourcing model and transform its technology infrastructure to create capacity and control costs”.

And the good news, according to Mills, is that tax and business leaders have more options at their disposal to achieve this.

Reflecting the insights of global tax and finance executives at global companies, Deloitte’s Tax Operations in Focus study reveals the six issues at the top of tax and finance leaders’ agenda.

Trend 1: Businesses seek more strategic counsel from tax

Companies are being pushed to develop new digital products and distribution channels and accelerate sustainable transformation and this is taking them into uncharted tax territory. Tax leaders say their teams must have the resources and skills to give deeper advisory support on digital business models (65%), supply chain restructuring (49%) and sustainability (48%) over the next two years. This means redrawing the boundaries of what tax professionals focus on, and accelerating adoption of advanced technologies and lower-cost resourcing models to meet compliance requirements and free up time.

According to Joanne Walker, Group Tax Director, BT Group PLC, "There’s still a heavy compliance load today, but the vision for the future would be that much of that falls away, and tax people become subject matter experts who help program the machine, ensure quality control, and redirect their time to advisory activity.”

Trend 2: Tipping point for resourcing models

Business partnering demands in the tax department are on the rise, but 93% of tax leaders say their department’s budget is remaining flat or falling. To ensure that the tax function can redefine itself as a strategic function at the pace that is required, leaders are choosing to move increasing amounts of compliance and reporting to a combination of shared service centers, finance departments, and outsourcing providers that have invested in best-in-class technology.

Trend 3: Digital tax administration is moving faster than expected

in addition to the rising focus of the corporate tax department partnering with their business counterparts, transformative changes to the way companies share tax information with revenue authorities is also creating an imperative to modernize operations at a faster pace. Nine in 10 (92%) respondents say that shifting revenue authority demands on digital tax administration will have a moderate or high impact on tax operations and resources over the next five years—and several heads of tax said the trend is moving faster than expected.

"It’s really stepped up in the last couple of years," says Anna Elphick, VP Tax, Unilever. "Tax authorities don't just want a faster turnaround for compliance but access into a company’s systems. It's not unreasonable to think that in a much shorter time than we expect, compliance will be about companies reviewing a return that's been drafted by the tax authorities."

Trend 4: Data simplification and lower-cost resourcing are top priorities

Tax leaders said that simplifying data management (53%) and moving to lower-cost resourcing models (51%) must be prioritized if tax is to become more proactive at delivering strategic insights to the business. Many tax teams are ensuring that they have a seat at the table as ERP systems are overhauled, which is paying dividends: 56% of those that have introduced NextGen ERP systems are now highly effective at supporting the business with scenario-modeling insights. Only 35% of those with moderate to low use of NextGen ERP systems said the same.

At Stryker, “we automated the source P&L process for transfer pricing which took a huge burden off of the divisions," says David Furgason, Vice President Tax. "Then we created a transfer price database to deposit and retrieve data so we have limited impact on the divisions. We are moving to a single ERP platform which will help us make take the next step with robotics.”

Trend 5: Skillsets are shifting

Embedding a new data infrastructure and redesigning processes are critical for the future tax vision. Tax leaders are aligned — data skills (45%) and technology process experience (43%) are ‘must have’ skills in a tax department of the future, but more traditional tax specialist knowledge also remains key (40%). The trick to success will be in tax leaders facilitating the way these professionals, with their different backgrounds, can work together collectively to unlock lasting value.

Take Infineon Technologies, which formed a VAT technology and governance group "that has the right knowledge about how to change the system to ensure it generates the right reports", according to Matthias Schubert, Global Head of Tax. "Involving them early was key as we took a greenfield approach, so we could think about what the optimal processes would look like and how more intelligent systems could make an impact 

Trend 6: 2020 brought productivity improvements

Improved productivity (50%) and accelerating shifts to remote working (48%) were cited as the biggest operational benefits to emerge from COVID-19-driven disruption. But, as 78% of leaders now plan to embed either hybrid or fully remote models in the tax function long term, 34% say maintaining productivity benefits is a top concern. And, as leaders think about building their talent pipeline and strengthening advisory skill sets, 47% say they must prioritize new approaches to talent recognition and career development over the next two years, while 36% say new processes for involving tax in business strategy decisions must be established.

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