The New Tax Transformation Imperative

Why digitization requires a reboot of your transformation approach.

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A new approach to transformation

Tax transformations are typically driven by a monolithic enterprise resource planning (ERP) or other major technological enhancement and are usually long and expensive. The problem? Emerging trends like digitization, the emerging real-time economy and regulatory changes are creating a paradigm shift. This shift requires a completely new approach to tax and finance transformation.


To move forward, organizations should take a step back and re-orient their transformation with the future in mind, building agility into the operating model. Co-sourcing and managed services are increasingly important strategic levers —providing the foundation to better focus talent strategies on new skills and more strategic activities.

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Why tax teams must embrace digital innovation

The disruptive impact of digital transformation shows no signs of slowing down or stopping. Yet, recent EY research reveals that less than 40% of tax functions extensively use advanced technologies such as cloud-based platforms, data lakes and artificial intelligence (AI). Learn why the need to lean into emerging technologies has reached the tipping point.

Will generative AI (GenAI) replace tax professionals? Learn why Shawn Smith, EY Americas Financial Services Tax Managing Partner, thinks that rather than replacing tax professionals, GenAI allows them to enhance the work they’re doing.

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Why five years of transforming tax and finance functions is paying off

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    Digitization is forcing tax and finance to decomplexify data

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        Focus talent strategies on new skills and value-added activities

        In an environment of continued uncertainty and disruption, building a resilient team capable of navigating change is no easy task. The best-prepared businesses need to be able to attract, develop and retain people who know not only tax but also how to use technology to analyze data.

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        How artificial intelligence can augment a people-centered workforce

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