LONDON, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Asset managers, pension funds, banks and insurers expect to be spending more on tax and regulatory-related change in 2015 and for some years beyond, according to a new poll by BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services.
The poll, conducted at BNY Mellon's recent third annual Tax and Regulatory Forum in London, found that 71% of the almost 250 delegates attending the event expected to see higher costs in the coming year compared to 2014.
While at the start of the event only 41% felt tax and regulatory-related costs would increase in 2015 – and 5% expected to see spending decline – by the conclusion of the day's programme, which explored some 20 tax and regulatory changes, the consensus among delegates had shifted significantly.
Key findings of the poll included:
Paul North, head of product, Europe, Middle East and Asia at BNY Mellon, said: "There seems to be a consensus that the next two years will be the most demanding in terms of tax and regulatory work and costs. Despite this, we also note the continued optimism among asset managers when they consider their longer term prospects around, and ongoing interest in, reducing costs and maintaining the pace of product development."
"The global trend towards tax transparency is at the heart of regulatory reform," said Mariano Giralt, head of EMEA tax services at BNY Mellon. "The challenge for financial institutions is to keep pace with a host of new initiatives which include FATCA, the OECD's Common Reporting Standard and potentially a Financial Transaction Tax which would cover 11 EU countries. These initiatives are adding significant compliance costs for financial institutions."
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