3 Tax Processes Technology Helps Optimise

Learn how Vertex tax solutions work with the Oracle ecosystem to simplify processes, reduce risk, and help companies stay compliant.

When the Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair decision upended long-established corporate tax processes and introduced new ones in 2018, many companies stepped up their search for a comprehensive technology solution for transaction taxes. Tax leaders turned to information technology (IT) departments for help in choosing and implementing new platforms.

Michael Bernard, chief tax officer—at Vertex, explores three areas in which that partnership can be particularly fruitful in a new CIO.com podcast titled How to Optimise 3 Major Tax Processes with Technology: Tax Compliance, Planning and Audit Defense. It’s part of the CIO series Tax Technology Today

Michael packs a lot of insights into the podcast’s short run-time (it’s about ten minutes). Listen in to learn how IT can help tax departments build solutions for:

  1. Tax compliance: IT’s expertise with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, as well as other tools used by finance departments, is invaluable in this process category, which he describes as “the bedrock of what tax departments do.” IT departments often have the funding “for purchasing the tools and updating the ERP systems,” Michael also notes, “so it’s really essential that tax departments work closely with IT departments in that area.”
  2. Tax planning: Machine learning technologies can play an important role in helping to ensure correct tax categorisation for new products and services, across new geographies. Michael explains how errors in product categorisation can quickly give rise to cash flow and customer satisfaction issues.
  3. Audit defence: Michael points out that auditors’ initial focus isn’t always on transaction amounts – they may be more interested in exemptions, credits and adjustments. IT can help ensure that all the relevant tax data is clean, safely stored and quickly accessible.  

The podcast strikes a positive tone in explaining how tax leaders can leverage technology to respond quickly to unpredictable changes. And with a strong partner in IT, they don’t have to go it alone.

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Michelle Engro

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Michelle Engro helps coordinate Vertex’s public relations and social media functions. Michelle has more than five years of corporate communications, public relations and social media experience. A graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in public relations, Michelle also holds an M.A. in communications studies from West Chester University.

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