Departments and Columns

Tax 2021: Threats and Opportunities

The idea that every problem contains the seed of its own solution has become such a universal business cliché that few people stop to think why this idea rings so appealingly true. The reason is survival. When presented with a problem, human beings are hardwired to come up with a… Read more »

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Turkey Trivia

Turkey has been an American culinary staple for centuries with a substantial impact on our history, traditions, and economy. It was Benjamin Franklin who once proposed the turkey to be our national bird, an argument that could today be backed by the turkey industry’s reported 440,000-plus jobs and $109 billion… Read more »

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Marcus Shore

Marcus Shore was working at a law firm when a partner suggested that he work with a couple of tax attorneys at the firm. It turned out to be a good suggestion. “I enjoyed the tax work enough that I soon made the decision to focus on tax and make… Read more »

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Resilience and Resolve

Over the past couple of months, I have watched—remotely, of course, via Zoom and other meeting applications—how TEI members have largely gone about their Institute business, despite the disruptions and dislocations caused by COVID-19. And I am truly amazed and gratified by their spirit and commitment—in short, by their resilience… Read more »

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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments TEI gratefully acknowledges the support of the following firms that sponsored TEI’s Virtual Annual Conference. Their financial support enables TEI to maintain a rich program of value-added education, networking, and advocacy activities for the in-house tax community. EXCLUSIVE AFFINITY PARTNER Thomson Reuters PLATINUM ADP Andersen Baker McKenzie Bloomberg Tax… Read more »

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Statutory Corporate Tax Around the World: The Past 20 Years

In its Corporate Tax Statistics: Second Edition, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently looked at the tax landscape beyond its own member countries, evaluating adjustments in statutory corporate income tax since 2000. Generally, the OECD found that statutory corporate income tax rates have generally decreased on average… Read more »

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Excise Taxes
The Expert: Debbie Gordon

Often to their detriment, many businesses are not focused on excise taxes and in fact may be unaware of them entirely. The truth is, excise taxes may have serious financial impacts on companies. In some cases, excise tax exposure may be material to a business. In the current uncertain economy,… Read more »

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Tax, Tech, and Talent

Digital transformation of the corporate tax department promises significant return on investment—cost reduction, risk mitigation, and data-driven insights that grow revenue and profitability. In our 2020 Corporate Tax Departments Survey, Acritas, a Thomson Reuters company, and the Thomson Reuters Institute interviewed leaders of tax departments at twenty-three large US-based companies… Read more »

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Tax Technology, Transformation in 2020

“The tax function of tomorrow must master data intelligence.” That’s how EY identified an “intelligent tax function” in its 2020 Global Tax Technology and Transformation Survey report. To keep pace with today’s ever-evolving demands, it’s essential for tax departments everywhere to bridge the gap between data and technology, and this… Read more »

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Larry Pociask

Tax is sometimes viewed as an amalgam of social, political, and economic influences. And it was precisely that combination that galvanized Larry Pociask’s interest in tax as a profession: “My interest in tax started with a great professor at Michigan State, Ed Outslay, who found a way to weave politics,… Read more »

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