How Businesses Manage their Tax Obligations Using Tax Data Analytics

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How Businesses Manage their Tax Obligations Using Tax Data Analytics

CFO Tech Outlook | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Tax data analytics collects data from various sources to provide answers to complex issues.

FREMONT, CA: The pandemic has intensified technological adoption. Businesses were slowly moving towards tax data analytics and other cloud-based systems. People now see more organizations rapidly incorporating business intelligence and analytics into their infrastructure to adapt to the new status quo.

New technology, however, brings unique opportunities. For example, corporate tax was viewed as a massive burden on organizations, not in expenditure, but as time and effort required to comply with the law. But analytics systems change how businesses do tax administration and compliance.

The following are some of how tax data analytics is transforming how businesses approach tax.

Data-analysis visualization

Tax data analytics can perform multiple operations, making tax data easier to understand. Some analytics platforms can present visual data findings. Data visualization is helpful because it makes evaluating data findings much easier. Analysts can reach conclusions faster and better, and visible results can be used to explore in more detail the connection between different variables, something not seen with other tax compliance technologies. Tax data analysts can explore different scenarios. For example, analysts can change a variable's assumptions to discover how changes affect different systems. Moreover, data visualization makes it easier to find information gaps, leading to more comprehensive analysis.

Simplifying tax data infrastructure

One factor hurting tax data efficiency is how data was stored. When storing valuable data in different formats, a thorough analysis is quite tricky. However, tax data analytics helped organizations improve their functions. The additional data has made tax regulation more insight-driven. Soon, it becomes a matter of "What do I need to know" rather than "What do I need to do," which changes how tax functions will be handled in the future.

Widen analytical functions

Tax data analytics offers organizations new opportunities. For example, tax analysts can now understand key tax-driven areas, which may have been complicated by facts and figures hidden in different sources. In addition, the additional analysis level reveals more profound, more insightful trends that help predict earnings, sales, and tax impacts.

The organization will be better placed to predict future trends (significantly predictive analytics), making it easier to anticipate certain functions such as buying and selling assets. You can even preview tax items and identify possible errors. With tax data analytics, expanding the range of data sources to include unstructured data and meaningfully integrating them into analysis becomes much more accessible, which would have been impossible without tax data analytics. Tax analytics' technical functions change how organizations perceive tax obligations, leading to a new compliance analysis and planning era. For example, companies can compare taxes paid over a specified time to different variables like book income, allowing a deeper level of analysis that was not possible before. Tax compliance is no longer a responsibility to be met but an opportunity to identify growing business trends. As options increase significantly, tax compliance perceptions change over time.

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