Tax Reports Not Making Cents? Visualizations Are Your Friend

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October 3, 2022

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Tax reporting and forecasting can be a confusing process, to even the most seasoned tax professionals. It’s time consuming, tedious, and can become even more convoluted as organizations add jurisdictions. Organizations often rely upon manual processes to pull reports from multiple systems accounts, which takes away valuable time for analysis and increases the risk for errors in reporting.

A recent Hanover Research survey found that nearly 50% of tax and finance professionals felt unable to fully complete their reporting tasks because their current manual processes were too time-consuming.

In addition to being time-consuming to create, the reports are often on pages and pages of spreadsheets, and there’s no good way to include nonfinancial data when you’re looking at a wall of numbers. Your tax team needs to be able to interpret hundreds and even thousands of data lines and explain them to people without any technical knowledge. Inability to see interactions between your financial and nonfinancial data makes it much harder to tell the story behind the numbers.

The good news is, there is a way to optimize your tax reporting and forecasting process. Here are some useful steps on how Longview and CXO can help you show the relationship between your financial and nonfinancial data so you can tell the story behind the numbers.

Step 1: Integrate a Purpose-Built Tax Reporting Tool

Imagine how much better your finished tax reports and forecasts could be if you were able to halve the time spent on manual data gathering and instead focus on interpreting the numbers. By integrating a tax system, like Longview, with your existing enterprise resource planning tool (ERP) you can significantly decrease tax reporting time by automating data collection and aggregation.

This is particularly helpful for multi-jurisdiction organizations, as Longview Tax enables data collection from multiple ERPs, consolidation applications, and supplemental sources. Rather than pulling data from several sources and going to the effort of entering, comparing, and collating that data in Excel spreadsheets, you can download real-time tax data to a single, centralized source for analysis and interpretation.

More than just a time-saver, Longview Tax also significantly reduces the potential for errors in reporting by automating many of the standard operational tasks typically completed in tax reporting and forecasting. Have more confidence in the accuracy of your numbers and more time for value-add analysis so you can deliver a better picture of your company financials.

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Step 2: Communicate Your Tax Analyses More Effectively with Dashboards and Visualizations

No matter how much time your tax team spends on reporting, the reports won’t do much good if tax professionals are the only people who can read them. And with constantly changing tax laws that are full of dry, confusing language, this is a common outcome.

If you are delivering your tax insights via a spreadsheet or bare-bones report, you will likely experience the following challenges:

  • Creating reports to meet C-Level needs is tedious, time consuming, and difficult. Reports only have numeric representation and it’s difficult to make the numbers “stand out.”
  • The current solution publishes reports that are rich with data, but lacks a more modern user experience, such as providing interactive dashboards, tables, and charts. There is an over reliance on Excel, which is consuming and creates potential error prone data.
  • Too much time spent trying to turn reports into a cohesive narrative. It can be hard to explain why the numbers in each report are relevant to the point you’re trying to make.

However, adding an intuitive dashboarding and visualization tool, like CXO, to your reporting can transform your numbers-based reports into dynamic visual reports that are accessible and easy for anyone to understand.

CXO can be integrated with the leading EPM systems, giving you easy access to your data — no need to ask IT to help you import the data for analysis and interpretation. The same cannot be said for traditional BI tools. Additionally, you’re able to pull nonfinancial data such as environmental, social, and corporate governance information into your reports and see how it impacts the overall health and position of your organization. Combine your numbers with graphics and storyboards to present your data as a cohesive narrative that tells the story behind the numbers.

Make clear, easy-to-understand visual reports that bring your tax data to life for anyone.

  • Optimize your reporting process to maximize insight. CXO makes building C-Level reports and dashboards against Longview data effortless, so you can streamline your financial reporting process by spending less time on manual tasks and more time on analysis. Show off your data in ways that people can grasp better.
  • Provide an enhanced C-level reporting experience. CXO brings the reporting capabilities C-Level execs expect to Longview applications. Work with a modern, clean interface with easy-to-use dashboards, beautiful visualizations, and integrated capabilities that make it easy to annotate tables and to collaborate with teammates. Ensure that your data is up to date and have confidence in the story you tell behind your numbers.
  • Paint a vivid financial picture using sophisticated visualizations. Tell the story behind your numbers using sophisticated visualization capabilities. Utilize charts, graphs, dashboards, and storyboards to create a cohesive narrative for your company. Enjoy out of the box features such as key messaging and highlighting capabilities to drive your points home.

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Quickly Build Tax Reports Anyone Can Understand

Tax provisioning is often a long and thankless process. Time constraints lead to barebone reports that don’t adequately convey your financial story and cross-team communication to interpret the data is neither centralized nor convenient. But with the right combination of tools, you can spend less time on manual reporting and tax forecasting, facilitate easier cross-team collaboration, and produce visually stunning, easy to understand reports.

With Longview Tax and CXO, your tax team will be able to integrate data from multiple ERPs and data sources and reduce frustration by having a single, centralized reporting and analysis solution to get a holistic view of your company’s financial health. CXO and Longview Tax work together to enable you to visualize your data and tell the story within. Your data will no longer be line after line of numbers on mismatched spreadsheets – it will transform into sophisticated, easy-to-read insights.

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