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Brandon Van Volkenburgh

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Data Democratization in Property Tax: What Technology Is Out There?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Aug 8, 2019 1:26:25 PM

Much of the recent Association of Computers and Taxation conference was focused on data analytics—how to manipulate data, and the opportunities and challenges analysis presents. A problem that was discussed at length is one most companies are currently struggling with: How do tax departments gain easier access to the variety of data that will help them make more strategic decisions?

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Topics: Data analytics

How Business Personal Property Insurance Works (+ 7 Companies That Offer It)

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Almost every business carries property insurance of some kind, whether it’s for the building the company is housed in (building insurance) or the assets inside it (business personal property insurance). But just because insurance is a necessity doesn’t mean it should be viewed as an expense line item that’s out of your control. (The same holds true for business personal property tax compliance—you have more control over the process than you might think.) The more you understand about business personal property insurance (or BPP insurance), the better equipped you’ll be to find the right coverage, and an insurance partner you can trust.

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Topics: Business personal property insurance

How Tax Teams Ensure A Successful Software Implementation

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Jun 21, 2019 11:36:00 AM

Thinking of purchasing new property tax software? Or maybe you’ve already invested in new software (of any kind) and are planning the implementation process. Either way, you’re right to be doing your homework in advance of the change. Tech-related implementations require the same level of attention as any other type of organizational change initiative—a substantial number of which are prone to failure due to lack of planning.

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Topics: Property tax software

The Impact Of Accurate Data On Property Tax Management

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Mar 13, 2019 2:53:16 PM

We do many sales presentations for our property tax management software. During every single one we emphasize the idea of data accuracy. And even though most of our audience agrees that data accuracy is important, there’s rarely the sense of urgency surrounding it that there should be.

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Topics: Property tax data

4 Parts Of The Business Personal Property Tax Cycle You Should Be Automating

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Nov 28, 2018 9:16:40 AM

By now, you’ve heard all about how automation saves time. Applied to the manual processes in any industry, it takes over the tedious and time-consuming (but necessary) tasks of everyday work so employees can focus on activities that provide a greater return. In the case of business personal property tax, automation means your team members can forego data extraction and data entry work in favor of long-term strategy activities like tax planning and predictive analytics—tasks that have real impact on an organization and make your team more valuable.

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Topics: Automation

10 Things Your Tax Team Needs To Know About The Difference Between Real & Personal Property

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Nov 27, 2018 2:49:54 PM

If you’re part of a corporate tax department, there are plenty of resources providing information about tax issues and strategies related to real property, but few doing the same for personal property—even though personal property offers similar opportunities for tax savings. To help with strategizing on both fronts equally, this article starts by defining each term at a basic level, then highlights the differences between real and personal property that are relevant to tax practice.

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Topics: Real property, Personal property

Commercial Property Tax: Valuation Tools You Shouldn’t Be Without

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Nov 19, 2018 8:11:45 AM

If you’ve read our blog at all, you know our stance on using software to manage your team’s property tax processes: We’re all about automating commercial property tax management workflows, so you get back time for high-value tasks, like determining how to protest unfair assessments.

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Topics: Property tax software

Artificial Intelligence In Tax: Building Bots Into Your Process

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Sep 11, 2018 3:05:15 PM

There’s no question about it: Artificial intelligence (AI) is reinventing the way tax professionals approach tax season. To better understand the use of artificial intelligence in tax, it’s important to know what tax bots are, how they’re beneficial to tax teams, and why some professionals are still hesitant to adopt automation technology.

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Topics: Artificial intelligence in tax

Is Your Property Tax Management Software Holding You Back?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Aug 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you’re still using the property tax management software you bought 15+ years ago, you might be thinking, it still works, so why switch?

If that’s the case for you, I’m glad you stopped by. Whatever tool you’re currently using almost certainly improved your team’s productivity 15 years ago, but it would probably fall short by today’s standards. Why? Because it uses outdated technology that keeps your property tax team working the same way it did one or two decades ago. Even though the software is still functional, it lacks the sophisticated tech advancements used in more modern tools—those that can actually give your team a competitive edge. Think about it this way: If you were sizing up a new software today, would the fact that it’s operational be enough to sell you on it? I’m guessing the answer would be no.

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Topics: Property tax management

What Will Property Tax Technology Look Like In 2020?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on May 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

By now you’ve heard all about it: Technology is changing the way people work. That’s true across all industries and workplaces, whether it’s the floor of a manufacturing facility or the office space of an insurance company.

Property tax management is no exception. Currently, a digital transformation is underway, giving property tax teams new and better ways to provide value to their organizations, become more efficient, and spend less money. It comes at a time when organizations are under increased scrutiny to compete with emerging, often global, competitors. Those teams willing to embrace advanced tax technology tools will be better positioned to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

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Topics: Property Tax Technology