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Brandon Van Volkenburgh

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What Is Tax Technology?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Mar 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There’s a sea change happening in the tax industry: Where the focus was once on compliance, it’s now about value—ensuring fair taxes are being paid, managing tax risk, evaluating the tax consequences of business activities, and more. Underlying this shift to a more strategic tax practice—and enabling it to happen—is a new reliance on tax technology. In this article, we’ll look more closely at what tax technology is, and how it’s changing tax practices for the better.

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Topics: Tax technology

RPA vs. AI: What's The Difference?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Mar 3, 2020 5:01:58 PM

When even toothbrush manufacturers now claim to use artificial intelligence (AI) in their products, it’s a sign—not that AI has come so far as to be ubiquitous, but that there’s definite confusion about the meaning of the term.

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Topics: Artificial intelligence in tax, Robotic process automation

Tax Innovation: 3 Corporate Tax Problems & Solutions

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Dec 19, 2019 10:58:43 AM

As one of the largest expenses for corporations, tax is an area worth scrutinizing. Changes in tax law as well as the way the profession is practiced can have a material impact on the success of an organization. And while tax law is not within our purview (unfortunately!), we do have some idea about common problems faced by tax professionals—after all, our team’s tax backgrounds have a big impact on the design of our property tax software.

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Topics: Tax technology, Tax compliance

Tax Document Automation: How Your Business Can Do Property Taxes Faster

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Dec 17, 2019 1:44:01 PM

Every corporate leader who invests in advanced technology is motivated in large part by the expected ROI it will produce. (There’s also a healthy fear surrounding what could happen as a result of doing nothing.) The same is true for the tax industry. Property tax professionals who have already started using the latest technology tools—including tax document automation software like CrowdReason—are seeing greater levels of productivity and higher-quality work product that makes their team more valuable for their organizations and clients. Why?

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Topics: Tax automation

What Will Property Tax Technology Look Like In 2020?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Sep 30, 2019 9:51:00 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.

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Topics: Property tax technology

Artificial Intelligence and Taxes: 8 Ways It’s Being Used

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Sep 11, 2019 3:17:00 PM

When was the last time you or anyone on your property tax team went home at 5 p.m. on a workday during tax season?

Sounds impossible, right? Well, that was the case with one of our clients, whose office I stopped into recently at the end of a workday. The place was deserted. When I asked where everyone was, the response was, “They went home. They’re done!”

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Topics: Property tax technology, Artificial intelligence in tax

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