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BlackLine adds tax hyperautomation capabilities to its solutions

Accounting automation software company BlackLine has unveiled tax hyperautomation capabilities for intercompany financial management, designed to help multinational corporations navigate the complexities of transacting across multiple legal entities, billing routes and jurisdictional boundaries.

The extension to BlackLine's intercompany solutions comes in response to organisations facing increasing intercompany tax scrutiny globally, including cross-border reporting arrangements and greater calls from tax authorities for real-time reporting and e-compliance, the company states.

Designed to reduce the financial compliance, tax and other risks associated with today’s complex and globally connected business environment, BlackLine's new tax hyperautomation capabilities offer a range of functionality to help multinational organisations understand and automate intercompany tax workflows, including the following:

  • Pre-defined Transaction Flows: To automatically apply country- and service-specific tax treatments for increased accuracy without the need for additional resourcing.
  • Tax Compliant and Auditable Invoicing: Automatically generated across jurisdictions to ensure compliance, audit support and support deductibility claims.
  • BEAT and Exempt Charge Identification and Classification: To manage BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax) and BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) exposure without manual intervention.
  • Preconfigured Service Types: To automatically inform which tax treatment is applied based on the nature of the service, which provides greater granularity while improving overall deductibility.
  • Standards-Based Open APIs: To allow for interoperability across indirect tax engines that clients choose based on their needs.

BlackLine defines tax hyperautomation as the holistic mapping and orchestrated use of tax-critical automation capabilities to break down the financial silos in intercompany processes.

Varun Tejpal, Managing Director, Intercompany, at BlackLine, says, "Tax hyperautomation optimises an organisations total tax incidence across multiple legal entities and billing routes.

"Tax considerations are critical for any company’s intercompany operations, but too often they are managed independently and related-party processes and automation in this area lag significantly behind the control and attention given to third-party transactions. Intercompany Financial Management, on the other hand, is an approach that weaves tax considerations into how intercompany operations are optimised."

Tejpal continues, "BlackLine's new functionality gives the tax function a seat at the table by providing foundational technology and business process optimisation that will help to significantly improve control, transparency and overall business outcomes for our customers.

"BlackLine's enhanced tax features to ensure global tax control are part of the company’s broader strategy for Intercompany Financial Management, an emerging category of intercompany solutions that aim to maximise staff efficiency and accounting accuracy, while simultaneously optimising tax exposure, minimising tax leakage, and ensuring consistent tax and regulatory compliance."

Tom Toppen, Deloitte's BlackLine Alliance Leader and a Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP, comments, “As the volume of both regulations and transactions grow, multinational organisations can face challenges in supporting their intercompany activity and decisioning for reporting to tax authorities.

"By automating intercompany flows across the global transaction value chain, organisations can reduce manual efforts and increase overall tax compliance while also finding new ways to provide value-added insights that support broader business strategy.”

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