Whether your tax team needs outside assistance or you’re finally hiring dedicated internal resources to focus on property taxes, it’s critical to find someone knowledgeable who fits with your team. The right person will not only have property tax knowledge, but also be able to help you make good business decisions concerning this niche tax area.
Filing income and property taxes have always been laborious tasks for businesses of any size, even when everything is organized. Collecting information and filling out forms is time-consuming, and even if you choose to use an outside tax filing service, you must meet with a tax preparer in person to walk through documents and answer questions.
The role of a corporate property tax manager is multifaceted and includes leading your tax team, training and mentoring staff members, consulting with upper management on complex tax matters, and building and maintaining relationships with other departments. Somehow in the midst of all this, you also need to be on top of:
Having worked with some of the largest corporate tax teams around, we can say with certainty that most tax workflows are time-consuming and resource-draining operations, and otherwise burdensome. This is because, as humans, we have limits. Even as the volume of data increases, no amount of knowledge or professional experience can enable us to move or process information as quickly as a computer. Hence why today’s leaders are exploring tax workflow automation, the use of digital tools to increase the efficiency of tax practice.
Cloud services are expected to be the backbone of almost all organizations by the year 2025, with the public cloud market estimated to be $124 billion by that time. A public cloud is one where multiple organizations share third party-managed computing services and infrastructure. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions such as cloud tax software fall under this domain. This software provides tax teams, consultants, and individuals with tools and features that help address a multitude of tax concerns.
The holidays are meant to be a time of joy. While that may be true in our personal lives, work is another matter. Businesses are often scrambling to handle last-minute tax matters and plan for the year ahead.
Michigan business personal property taxes, when compared to other states, are fairly straightforward. For example, while some states have hundreds of different return forms—one for each county—Michigan is one of several states with a single standardized return form for all jurisdictions.
If you’ve worked with property taxes for any length of time, you know audits are an unfortunate reality. Just when you were sure you had everything just right—all your assets tied to the right locations, placed in the right asset classifications, and depreciated appropriately—an auditor points out various errors and wrong decisions, and calls out your unorganized recordkeeping.
The telecom industry has some unique aspects of assessment that don’t apply to other industries. In this post we’ll cover the issues associated with telecommunications tax assessments so you can ensure accurate valuation.
With many property tax return form deadlines upon us (most are between late February and mid-May), it’s a busy time of year for tax professionals. It may be part of your process to compare this year’s business personal property forms with last year’s, in which case it’s good to know when a form has changed. Most forms don’t change from one year to the next, and even when they do, the changes rarely impact the way you’ll prepare or file. But having a heads-up about the differences can help speed up the process—and sometimes even prevent mistakes.
Topics: Property Tax Management