Skip to Content

Indirect tax vs. sales tax: What's the real difference?

Presented By:
Randall Janiczek Mike Merkel
November 6, 2017
View On-demand
Join Plante Moran experts as we provide a high level comparison between indirect tax and sales tax in the EU, Canada, and United States.

Hanging lightbulbs

As more and more organizations do business around the world, it's vital to understand international tax implications. Do you know the main differences between indirect tax systems in the European Union, Canada, and the United States? Learn about the most common pitfalls in these systems and possible implications of Brexit on your business. The session provides a high level comparison of indirect tax and sales tax.

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main differences between indirect tax systems in the EU, Canada, and the US
  • Describe the most common pitfalls, traps, and ways to be caught in these systems
  • Understand the current EU VAT system and be prepared for the proposal on a new EU VAT system
  • Understand the possible implications of Brexit for your business


  • Mike Merkel, partner, Plante Moran
  • Eline Polak, Praxity colleague
  • Heather Weber, Praxity colleague


  • Randy Janiczek, partner, Plante Moran


Plante & Moran, PLLC, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417 or by visiting the website:

Related Thinking

May 18, 2022

International tax news and other global updates for Q2 2022

Article 9 min read
May 13, 2022

Pass-through entity tax (PTET) elections: Complexities with eligibility requirements

Article 5 min read
May 3, 2022

Are you seeing double? Timing the sale of Section 1202 stock to maximize the benefit

Article 9 min read