Very concerning. Not appropriate. Not workable. Those phrases figure prominently among the descriptions current and former U.S. government officials have attached to the growing number of measures individual countries, the OECD and EU are developing to tax the digital economy.
As I noted in a previous post, blockchain applications are emerging rapidly, and tax leaders should keep a close eye on this disruptive technology.
While International Women’s Day falls on Thursday, March 8, Vertex strives to honor the annual campaign’s principles each day throughout the year.
Readers of the CPA Practice Advisor have spoken, and they like Vertex. In fact, they like our solutions – emphasis on that second “s” in “solutions” – a lot.
It’s difficult to keep up with the incredible pace of innovation in our lives these days. For those of us who are still getting used to watching videos on our phones, it’s pretty amazing to learn a certain cell phone manufacturer’s latest release can run augmented reality apps and 3-D video games.
As organizations increasingly use self-service data preparation tools, tax professionals should distinguish between generic versions of these applications and domain-specific self-service data prep tools that address the unique demands of tax management requirements. Generic data prep tools have limitations – most notably, difficulty “taxifying” data – that tax folks should recognize before asking their IT colleagues to invest in these types of applications.
In Part I of this Learning Lab, I looked at three areas of artificial intelligence (AI) worthy of attention for the tax office. AI holds great promise for tax, but capitalizing on the technology calls for some careful thought.
Tax departments need all the hustle they can muster these days to stay ahead of accelerating tax changes and growing complexities. So, it’s no surprise that board audit committees charged with overseeing tax are straining to keep pace. A PwC white paper notes that “increasing uncertainty, the technical nature and difficult judgments required make tax a challenging area for audit committee members. The frequent lack of deep tax backgrounds can make it even more difficult.”
As tax leaders work to extend their influence on company strategy, they might turn their attention to another crucial driver of business outcomes: organizational culture.
While the attention of U.S. tax leaders (and many in other countries around the world) has been glued to U.S. corporate tax reform, similarly momentous valued added tax (VAT) system reform is progressing in the European Union (EU).
CEOs and CFOs of U.S.-based multinational companies favored a good news/bad news approach on recent earnings calls when they discussed the new U.S. tax regime’s short-term impacts (large, one-time balance sheet hits from repatriation tax: temporary bad news) and longer-term effects (higher profits and the chance to invest those gains: much better news).
At first blush, it might seem surprising to find Deloitte delving into personality types and their interactions, as presented in a recent report, Business Chemistry in the C-Suite. On closer inspection, though, it makes perfect sense – and the results include some useful insights for chief tax officers and rising tax leaders.
As companies expand their efforts to understand the strategic implications of tax, they’ll need to bring a higher level of tax expertise to an activity that provides their broadest view of the future: scenario planning.
On January 12th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Wayfair case which will finally address whether states can broadly require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence in the state.
We at Vertex are proud, and humbled, to report on some favorable software ratings we recently earned. We’re proud because two of our offerings (Vertex Cloud and Vertex O Series) are ranked as two of the top three corporate tax solutions and also placed in G2 Crowd’s “Leader quadrant.” We’re humbled because these rankings are directly based on input collected from end users.
Researchers have recently announced two new major vulnerabilities, “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” with the potential to impact any system running an Intel, AMD or ARM central processing unit (CPU) chipset.
Article 50. The divorce bill. A comprehensive FTA. Rights of UK nationals in the UK. Hard and soft exits. Exit implementation. Fishing rights….Do your eyes glaze over when you read the latest update on the Brexit negotiations?
Reducing the corporate income tax (CIT) rate is often framed as a surefire way for a country to fuel economic investment. However, some tax and transfer pricing experts are less certain of this correlation, which they say is significantly more complex than is typically portrayed in political debates and most media outlets.
Money, time and worthy causes. Those are the key variables in Vertex’s straightforward formula for corporate social responsibility (CSR) investments, according to our President and CEO David DeStefano.
Simplification may have been one of the primary drivers of U.S. tax reform, but the final legislation has made it clear that tax calculations and filings will be more complex for many businesses and individuals, keeping tax accountants and attorneys very busy for the foreseeable future.
According to my colleague John Viglione, robotic process automation (RPA) is coming to tax departments near you. Although this development may conjure images of giant androids lumbering around your office, the reality is more ordinary, yet still pretty intriguing.
While simplification may have been touted as one of the primary drivers of U.S. tax reform during the past two years or so, the final legislation has made it clear that tax calculations and filings will be more complex for many—businesses and individuals alike—keeping tax accountants and attorneys very busy for a long time.
Throughout my career, I’ve heard a number of indirect tax professionals express regret they were not at the table when strategic decisions were being made. These pangs of remorse are not only personal, they are also impactful to the business. Companies benefit when decision makers understand and consider relevant tax implications before finalizing major decisions.
As digital innovation sweeps through business processes, including those within the tax function, it’s increasingly important for tax leaders to understand how the transformation looks from the board’s point of view. More and more frequently, chief tax officers and vice presidents of tax are fielding questions from the board on the impact of digitalization on tax strategy and that trend is only going to accelerate.
Countries’ tax policies are of course intertwined with their trade strategies at many points, as the current debate over U.S. tax reform illustrates. Consider, for instance, Speaker Paul Ryan’s recent claim that the U.S. tax code is “one of the worst” in the world and that it undermines the nation’s global competitiveness.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creating a tremendous buzz in the tech industry and far beyond, yet it seems to inspire fear rather than excitement for many.
The implementation of a value added tax (VAT) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) continues to move forward, despite ongoing turmoil among its member countries.
Ready or not, real-time taxation is here, or, at least, something very close to real-time.
The global value added tax (VAT) cycle is so demanding and the rules change so frequently, it’s all too easy to get stuck in heads-down mode, with all attention focused on day-to-day processes. But it’s good from time-to-time to take a step back and look at the broad outlines of VAT management. That’s especially true when big changes are unfolding, such as tax authorities’ moves toward near-real-time reporting, such as VAT SAF-T type requirements and Spain’s SII initiative.
The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Unified VAT Agreement is not looking so unified these days and a Brexit-esque development in the Middle East may be to blame. The GCC’s turmoil is yet another reminder that tax functions within global companies need to remain alert and agile when it comes to addressing value added tax (VAT) challenges.
Congratulations to AmeriGas, Duracell, Espresso Services, L.L. Bean, Microsoft and Northern Tool + Equipment for their highly innovative use of tax technology! Vertex is recognizing these six companies as 2017 Tax Innovators for the ways their tax functions leverage solutions from Vertex to solve complex business challenges.
Analysts remain resolutely bullish on the cloud for the retail sector, and not just for commerce apps; core business applications such as ERP are prime candidates for cloud delivery. Forrester published a new report, “It’s Cloud Go Time for Retailers: Cloud Apps and Platforms Offer More Rewards Than Risks for Retail,” and the subtitle really says it all.
The adjective “transformational” is in vogue these days. The description applies to the pervasive overhauls of business models, best practices and technologies that have become table stakes given our accelerated business environment. In many ways, “transformational” characterizes the astounding speed and depth of change occurring in every corner of an organization, including – or especially – within the tax function.
As India approached the July 1 implementation of its Goods and Services Tax (GST) framework, heated commentary about the challenges of GST compliance began appearing. One article, “Adding to the Chaos,” which appears in Business Today, a leading India-based business magazine, warned that GST’s multiple rate structure for the same good or service could “create new problems even as it solves some old ones.”
The White House recently announced an accelerated legislative timetable for tax reform, aiming at completion toward the end of the year. While questions continue to swirl around the contents of the plan, it will likely include a reduction in the corporate tax rate, perhaps to the 20 percent rate Congress and the President were reportedly seeking earlier this year. This plan was released on September 27 and is now known as the “Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code.”
A Big data analytics continue to transform the retail industry by giving companies a way to tap into deeper knowledge of their customers to provide increased value throughout these ecommerce interactions. This necessitates more robust tax-focused data management as well, given the growing complexities of tax rules and the demand for more tax transparency.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has had a checkered development history over the decades. Periods of heavy funding have alternated with stretches of diminished interest from academia, businesses and governments – until recently. Now that AI interest is white-hot and seems likely to sustain, it’s time to look at its impacts to a wide range of business functions, including tax.
Autumn has arrived, and we still don’t know much about the specifics of U.S. tax reform. So what can we say about it? Not much, at least not definitively, but there are five general statements we can make about tax reform and how it might affect companies.
The counter attack against the artificial intelligence (AI) backlash has begun. This is good news for tax executives evaluating how AI and machine learning (a common form of AI) might help improve their function’s performance.
As value added tax (VAT) gains popularity among global jurisdictions, countries with long-established VAT systems confront a growing challenge: the so-called “VAT gap.” The phrase refers to the shortfall between expected revenue from the tax and the amount actually collected. Tax executives within multinational corporations (MNCs) ought to monitor how jurisdictions address this gap.
Recently, Nevada became the first state in the U.S. to preempt local tax jurisdictions from taxing commercial transactions that use blockchain technology. The bill, signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 5, also prevents local authorities from requiring a certificate, license or permit for use of the technology.
Any time an ex-CFO of the biggest company (by revenue) in the United States has something to say, you can bet it’s worth listening to. I was interested to read Charles Holley’s description of how he cultivated a healthy relationship with Walmart’s board.
U.S. Tax executives are experiencing growing anxiety regarding international tax planning challenges as new issues start to materialize due to potential U.S. tax reform.
The retail sector has enthusiastically adopted big data technologies – which may prove invaluable as the industry looks for new ways to manage the rising pressure of tax compliance requirements.
As the on-again, off-again saga of tax reform keeps tax executives on edge, debate continues to rage (or, at times, sputter) on over the shape any overhaul should take. Lower corporate tax rates are a favorite proposal of the President and among the most likely potential change to make it into any actual legislation.
As digital transformation accelerates, companies of all sizes have a growing need to demonstrate business agility. Successful organizations scale up and down to quickly seize market opportunities and dodge strategic risk.
Are you ready for real-time taxation? In the past year, the phrase has been mentioned with growing frequency among governmental tax administrators, executives of technology companies, and an interesting collection of thought leaders in the global tax realm.
This year’s award for the country with The Most Complex Tax and Accounting Environment goes to…Before we get there, it’s important to note that tax complexity, while crucial, only represents one dimension of a country’s global financial competitiveness. Compliance demands imposed by accounting rules and regulations are an important measure, too, although these challenges often receive less attention.
Blockchain applications are emerging faster than you might expect. The potential business impact is enormous, including significant tax implications. The distributed ledger technology is “redefining what it means to transact, so dramatic changes across an enterprise should be expected,” according to a new Deloitte report.
In January, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf – also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – announced a formal agreement regarding a new value-added tax (VAT) to be adopted by GCC member countries which are Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.