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Taxation on the Horizon: Key Regulations and Industry Shifts

Major regulatory demands are aiming to encourage real time transactions and business activities.  The foundations of the current tax systems were built a century ago to address the changes of the Second Industrial Revolution. Historically, tax systems have been developed to reflect the cost optimization strategies defining industries during the 20th century. Maintaining tax accuracy requires the need for more innovative tax solutions to intelligently manage invoice data and streamline the e-filing process.

Mike Bernard, Chief Tax Officer at Vertex Inc., Vishal Verma, Head of Solution Management – Risk, Compliance and Tax at SAP, and Ogo Nwanyanwu, Research Director at SAPinsider, recently shared their insights on this topic at SAPinsider’s Tax Summit Keynote session. 

Tune in to this session to:

  • Recognize how to build a dynamic digital tax strategy and the importance of integrating a global tax engine.
  • Identify factors that impact an organization’s current or future digital tax strategy.
  • Discover current technologies organizations are using or plan to adopt to support their strategy.

Featured Speaker

Michael J. Bernard, Chief Tax Officer – Transaction Tax at Vertex Inc. Vertex's Chief Tax Office (CTO) provides insight regarding the impact of tax regulations, policy, enforcement, and emerging technology trends on global tax department operations.

Michael J. Bernard

Chief Tax Officer, Transaction Tax

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Michael Bernard is the Chief Tax Officer of Transaction Tax. In his role, he provides insight and thought leadership around tax department operations, U.S. indirect tax, tax risk management, and tax policy, as well as emerging tax trends. He is an executive-level tax attorney with a diverse portfolio of experience in corporate tax, administration, and finance, including a substantive knowledge of U.S. and international tax laws.

Prior to joining Vertex, Michael was in various tax leadership roles at Microsoft Corporation for 28 years, the most recent being Senior Director – Tax Counsel. Michael led teams in the following functional areas: direct and indirect tax controversy, sales and use, business license, property, tax IT, SOX, and telecommunications. He also co-led a corporate taxpayer advocacy group with the Washington Department of Revenue and was a Director on the Board of the Washington Research Council. Michael has also testified before administrative and lawmakers at both the federal and state level.

Michael earned both a J.D. and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University. He is a part-time lecturer of Law in the LLM program at the University of Washington School of Law. Michael also served on the board of directors, executive committee, and chaired committees for The Tax Executives Institute (TEI) for nearly 25 years.

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