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Tax Director Analytics

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From ensuring that their organizations are consistently complying with tax laws in all jurisdictions, to executing their tax plans and processes effectively, tax directors around the world have come to recognize the growing value of information in these efforts. Tax analytics can help them accomplish their objectives and better serve their businesses.

Tax Analytics

Tax directors around the world have come to recognize how the insights buried in their data can be used to make their organizations more effective and efficient. But at first glance, the value of looking at tax activities and issues through the lens of analytics may not be obvious. To understand the potential value of tax-related analytics, it helps to see some real-world examples.

What’s at stake

Most tax directors haven’t given analytics more than a moment’s thought—and are in danger of getting lapped by their colleagues in other parts of the business. For a part of the organization that is essentially built on data, this is an untenable position. If tax directors have difficulty answering analytics questions from their counterparts in the business, they’ll begin losing the trust they’ve worked so hard to build up through the years. Meanwhile, those who can answer such questions will begin to engage in one of the most important conversations their business is having today.

Some tax directors worry they don’t have access to the comprehensive, high quality data they need to support analytics. But that’s no reason to sit on the sidelines. By tackling issues in bite-size chunks using information already at their fingertips, it’s possible to generate focused insights that create real value for the business.

Tax Analytics connections with other roles

  • CHRO | Employee travel patterns and immigration issues are only two of the many areas that can have a profound effect on exposure in state or country filing requirements.
  • CMO | Shifting customer buying habits, point-of-sale trends (online or in-store?), and other marketing concerns can have a direct impact on tax strategy and vice versa.
  • CIO | The CIO’s long-term technology plans influence how the tax department gets its data, what form it takes, how deep it goes, and more. On analytics and beyond, it’s important to collaborate closely so that tax leaders can understand and better manage the impact of the CIO strategy.

The top priority for any tax director is to ensure the company is consistently complying with tax laws in all jurisdictions and paying taxes as required. Over-paying and under-paying are both bad. So are surprises. Tax directors need to know that tax plans and process are being followed. At the same time, it’s important that tax activities be executed as efficiently and effectively as possible. Tight integration with the business can improve compliance while helping ensure tax activities are highly relevant to what the business is trying to achieve.

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