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Deloitte Tax + Tech podcast series

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Tax technology advances so rapidly it can be hard to keep up. The Deloitte Tax + Tech podcast series navigates the tax technology landscape through conversations with Deloitte leaders to help you chart your tax department’s digital future.

Tax and business alignment: Progress on evolving technology

Emily VanVleet and Jen Knickerbocker

Tax departments have been so immersed in compliance and reporting that they have had trouble aligning with their business’s priority of using tax technologies to see what’s around the corner. In this episode, Deloitte Tax LLP partner Jen Knickerbocker discusses tax departments’ progress in partnering with the business, as reported in interviews with CFOs and CAOs. In addition, she describes three areas in which tax could provide even more value to the business.

Evolving technology is going to be absolutely critical to interpret those increasing data volumes and be able to draw clarity from ambiguity. Make sure the plan you have is agile enough to accommodate the impact of all the changing factors on the horizon.
—Jen Knickerbocker

The data forward tax department: Efficiency with insight

Emily VanVleet and Brad Ford

Data has the power to enable automation and yield new tax insights. But how can tax departments leverage data management to improve processes and outcomes? And what role does emerging tax technology play? In this tax podcast, Deloitte Tax LLP partners Emily VanVleet and Brad Ford take a closer look at using data to fuel tax transformation and discuss a three-step data management strategy that can help departments boost efficiency and drive new ways of working.

This is something that has been a dream of mine for a long time. We’re finally in a spot where data can really drive us through a process. It’s data first, then the process second.

—Brad Ford

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Data wrangling: The new frontier in tax department automation

Emily VanVleet, RJ Littleton, and Craig Darrah

Data wrangling tools have the potential to play a huge role in tax transformation—but what are the best ways to use them? And how can these tools work alongside traditional methods? In this tax podcast, Deloitte Tax LLP partners Emily VanVleet and RJ Littleton, along with managing director Craig Darrah, discuss what data wrangling is, how to build these tools out, and what it takes to deploy a new tax technology.

I think from a time to value perspective these types of automations and solutions are going to be drastically quicker than your typical tax compliance or consolidation tool or any other big platform that you are implementing.

—RJ Littleton

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Data in demand: The role of cloud ERP in tax transformation

Emily VanVleet and Ravi Gupta

With heightened reporting expectations from tax authorities and increasing demand for business insight from C-suites, real-time data is a critical tax technology need. Deloitte Tax LLP partners Emily VanVleet and Ravi Gupta discuss on our latest tax podcast how cloud ERP migration presents an opportunity to tailor data for greater tax insights, focusing in this podcast, as it relates to Oracle’s new cloud ERP platform.

Once you have real-time data—once you have clean, consumable data—you’re saving a lot of time in your tax department in manipulating, validating the data and putting those hours in value-added activities.

–Ravi Gupta

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Migration to SAP S/4HANA: A rare opportunity for tax

Emily VanVleet and Scott Shafer

The next generation of ERP platforms is here. Deloitte Tax LLP partner Emily VanVleet and Deloitte Global SAP Tax Alliance leader and Deloitte Tax LLP Partner Scott Shafer break down the current and future state of tax functionality in the SAP environment, and why there’s a potentialhuge opportunity for tax to make its mark on the upcoming migration.

As we layer in some of the tax value proposition components … it really raises the visibility of tax. Tax becomes a real critical part of the company’s overall business case and we have seen that typically be one of the top components of the business case, if not the top component of a business case.

—Scott Shafer

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Tax and the future of work: What will your tax department look like?

Emily VanVleet and Jeff Butt

The tax department of today will likely be unrecognizable tomorrow. As digital tax transformation expands into robotics, machine learning, and other cognitive tools, technology is also reshaping the tax workforce. Exploring what you can expect for the future of your tax department, Deloitte Tax LLP partner Emily VanVleet chats with Deloitte Canada senior manager Jeff Butt in this episode about the skills that will be needed by the workforce of the future, the strategic questions you need to consider as you plan for your digital future, and a number of other actionable tax insights.

The human dimension is critical to grasping this idea of Power of With. It is not just enough to implement the best technologies in the world. In order to really optimize them, you need to consider and plan for the impact to your talent.

—Jeff Butt

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