In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are speeding their move to cloud-based ERP solutions—and leaders are increasingly recognising the importance of seating tax at the planning table.
As the COVID-19 crisis has made crystal clear, agility is key to survival in the face of disruption. Those organisations foresighted enough to have digitised, automated, and cloud-enabled their back-office processes have been able to pivot toward recovery. Those still pushing paper and working with on-premise systems have struggled. In a matter of weeks, the benefits of cloud-based back-office environments became painfully obvious.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pandemic has catalysed many organisations to step up their move to cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. And leaders are increasingly starting to recognise that, if tax isn’t at the planning table, organisations may be missing out on significant upside opportunities. They could even be opening themselves up to new and unforeseen risks.
The reality is that, since the start of this crisis, the tax function has become a cash generator for many enterprises; indeed, in some organisations, tax has been the only source of cash while operations remained closed. The pandemic also demonstrated the benefits of integrating the tax function into organisation-wide ERP and enterprise project management systems. To chart a path forward, leaders have needed tax to develop and articulate the tax implications of a range of different scenarios—and many tax functions have floundered to get timely access to the enterprise and tax data necessary to run those sophisticated scenarios.
If tax isn’t at the table (and with its own digital road map) at this stage in the planning process, it should be. Otherwise, the entire business may find itself losing out on functionality that could be embedded to ensure the business can meet global tax planning, compliance, forecasting, and reporting requirements in the future. It will also influence the ability to assess the tax implications of strategic decisions with agility in the face of future disruption.
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Deloitte’s advice to tax leaders and business executives is to make sure the tax function is properly represented at the table throughout their organisationwide cloud transformation journey—and that they are allocated a budget for this journey that reflects the value the tax function brings to the transformation.
The most important thing is keeping tax informed, involved, and integrated into the wider organisational plan. Including tax can create game-changing
value, and organisations should not miss out.
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