How Blockchain Is Transforming Tax Compliance

Pilots and projects are starting to emerge in businesses and government agencies alike. What does blockchain mean for the future of taxation?

Two whitepapers, published jointly by Vertex, Microsoft and PwC, explore that question. You can download Blockchain for Tax Compliance Part 1 and Part 2. I co-wrote these papers – the initial publications in a planned series on the topic – with fellow experts at Microsoft and PwC. I found the experience enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Businesses are digitizing rapidly, yet tax administrations, in many cases, are not. This leaves companies’ compliance processes hampered by manual tasks and disparate digital standards across the various jurisdictions in which they operate. We at Vertex see the emergence of blockchain as a unique opportunity to tackle these challenges.

Part 1 of Blockchain for Tax Compliance offers a useful introductory overview of the technology, including typical use cases, the types of networks involved, and the defining characteristics of blockchain within the distributed ledger technology category. It also delves into the considerations for how the government can use blockchain. In addition, the report discusses blockchain in the context of companies’ broader digital transformation, including the data classification and governance considerations that arise when implementing tax compliance infrastructure.

Corporate tax leaders will find a wealth of insights and practical suggestions in the core section on designing blockchain applications for tax compliance, including:

  • Identity and security planning;
  • Distributed databases for the exchange of information between taxpayers and tax administrations; and
  • Ways to integrate tax payment flows.

In contributing to these white papers with our partners, our objective at Vertex is to start a conversation between taxpayers and tax administrations on how they can best realize blockchain’s enormous potential. We look forward to our continued participation in this global dialog in the months and years to come.

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David Deputy, Strategic Development & Emerging Markets, Vertex Inc. The Vertex Industry Influencers provide insights regarding the impact of tax regulations, policy, enforcement and emerging technology trends on global businesses.

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David Deputy is Director of Strategic Development and Emerging Markets, managing the development of enterprise data management solutions. David brings 20+ years experience in ERP solutions, tax analytics and business intelligence software solutions. His background also includes work at Oracle, corporate finance and in bank regulation. David holds an MBA from Cornell and a Finance degree from the University of Florida.

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