Our Vision

SAP  has been very successful at automating and collecting the necessary transaction data needed to support tax compliance and audits. However, to unleash the full potential, expert knowledge of the highly integrated SAP database is necessary.  Our focus is on techniques, tools and resources to make tax data more readily available. We understand not only Tax, but also the SAP data dictionary, relationships between tables, programs, and specialize in the SAP core tax audit module - the SAP Data Retention Tool (DaRT).

Enterprise Tax Solutions, Inc. is a global consulting company specializing in SAP solutions for Tax, including implementations of the Data Retention Tool (DaRT), Standard Audit Files for Tax (SAF-T), Tax Data Warehousing, and implementing SAP from a Tax perspective.  We have been consulting since 1999 for large multi-national corporations.

Our CEO and founder, Tina McCormick, formed and chaired the ASUG Tax Interest Group.  She also chaired the Electronic Data Retention and US Tax Reporting group that collaborated with SAP to define the tax user requirements for the Data Retention Tool (DaRT). 

The eTaxSolutions' team has developed tools to expedite the implementation of DaRT, including custom validation programs that can verify most extract file segments in compliance with IRS Revenue Procedure 98-25.  We have also developed utilities which assist in the scheduling of DaRT jobs and documenting the data contained in the extract files.  

Our latest custom solution is eTaxAudit International, a global tool designed to meet the legal requirements of the  Standard Audit Files for Tax (SAF-T) protocol.  SAF-T is an international standard for electronic exchange of reliable accounting data from organizations to a national tax authority or external auditors.  The standard, which require XML files, is defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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When you ask questions, the responses should be Best Practice solutions for Tax:

How can we generate eXtensible Machine Language (XML) files to meet tax compliance and audit requirements for SAF-T and SII?

  • A typical consultant will export data and have a third party service provider generate XML files or recommend a country specific third party software solution.
  • An eTaxSolutions' consultant will use Enterprise Tax Solutions, Inc.'s custom solution eTaxAudit International which
    • Interprets the XML Schema Definition (XSD) provided by any government.  This allows us to deliver a highly configurable and responsive tool that produces a correct XML file, based on users mapping their data.
    • Allows users to review their data prior to generating the highly structured XML file.
    • Allows users to display the XML file from within SAP before filing with the government.
    • Verifies the XML file conforms to all the rules of the XSD.
    • Retains a log of the XML files which can be managed from within SAP.
    • Note: Platform independent consolidation tools are currently being developed to aggregate results from across multiple SAP platforms and/or with external data.
More and more countries are requiring XML files including: China, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. Even those countries that have adopted seem to change the requirements frequently.  A responsive configurable solution is key to successfully complying.

How can we verify that DaRT not only extracts data, but also make sure it extracts Tax Relevant data?

  •  A typical consultant will use a Top Down approach and spends months mapping tax returns to SAP.
  • An eTaxSolutions' consultant will use a Bottom Up approach and reviews the data contained in SAP system.  Our focus is to keep data that is, or which may become, relevant to supporting a tax return in conformity with IRS Revenue Procedure 98-25.  Additionally, we review from a global tax perspective, as many countries need a sequential text file similar to the United States.

How can we verify that DaRT agrees with the SAP database?

  • A typical consultant will only verify one segment, TXW_FI_POS - Financial Line Items, and confirm that debits equal credits for financial journal entries by using the SAP delivered DaRT Control Totals.
  • An eTaxSolutions' consultant will also recommend the use of DaRT Control Totals, but in addition, we use Enterprise Tax Solutions, Inc.'s custom solutions to validate and reconcile nearly ALL DaRT segments!

Focused On You

The work by Global Tax Technology professionals adds a huge amount of value to the organization.  With better information, there can be more strategic tax planning, reduced costs and efforts, and mitigated audit risks. 

However, there never seems to be enough time, money or resources to realize your vision.  An experienced Tax Technology consulting firm like eTaxSolutions’ gives you a broader range of options by providing qualified resources to help develop stable long lived solutions.

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