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.
If you haven’t yet read about it on our blog, you’ve surely heard it elsewhere: Enterprises around the world are heavily investing in digital transformation tools and services. And it’s pretty clear their efforts are paying off—research shows that companies committed to digitizing (converting information and processes to digital) are growing faster and have higher net profits after two to three years compared to those who didn’t make a similar investment. No wonder nearly eight in 10 companies in the U.S. are currently in the process of a digital transformation.
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.