2013-01-21 15:36:01 -
NEW YORK, January 21, 2013 - According to a recent Thomson Reuters poll, 88
percent of indirect tax executives have seen an increase in activity by tax
authorities in the last two years. In addition, nearly two-thirds (63 percent)
of respondents are spending more time on tax compliance strategy and planning.
The poll was conducted in Q4 2012 at the annual Thomson Reuters SYNERGY
Conference, where more than 1,000 tax leaders from Global 2000 firms discussed
key tax compliance challenges and opportunities. Additional findings from the
survey of 60 executives conducted during the indirect tax and VAT sessions
* 75 percent feel that tax authorities have changed the audit process in
response to economic conditions.
* 77 percent have seen increased audits
in specific states or home rule
* Only 33 percent of organizations have reviewed their IT systems to ensure
continued compliance in light of recent changes to global VAT.
* 44 percent have moved from ERP systems to specialized solutions to ensure
compliance with VAT filing requirements and deadlines.
"The SYNERGY Conference gathers tax thought leaders who share their real-world
experience with their peers and provide direct feedback to Thomson Reuters on
the key tax challenges they face," said Eric Ruud, Managing Director, Thomson
Reuters ONESOURCE Indirect & Property Tax. "Executives are still relying on tax
directors to help manage cash flow and cut costs as we continue to recover from
an ailing economy, but they are also looking to them to build sustainable global
indirect tax best practices."
To address the increased focus on indirect tax and respond quickly and
accurately to increased audit activity, a growing list of Thomson Reuters'
clients have licensed the ONESOURCE Indirect Tax application to consolidate
their sales and use tax and VAT operations. For more information on ONESOURCE
Indirect Tax, visit: onesourceindirecttax.com
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