Tax & technology

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Preparing for the future


Legal technology is rapidly transforming both the practice and nature of tax law. This course seeks to explore both the current trends and the future possibilities of this transformation, as we begin to train the future generation of technology savvy tax lawyers and technologists, who understand the intricacies and potential of the use of technology within tax law.

Data warehousing

Public data legislation

Big data

Infrastructure and architecture

Platforms

Tax administration

Implications of fraud detection

Cross border applications

Taxpayer analysis

Data ethics and security

Information asymmetry


Automation of law

Artificial Intelligence

Blockchain

Robotic Process Automation

Ethics



Data management

Tax data sources

Bookkeeping and tax in financial systems

ERP vendors

Tax integration and reporting in ERP

Tax modules and configurations

data exchange & reporting

Implications of dirty data

Data quality and standardization

Webservices and API's

Standards for data reporting

Risks & responsibilities

Data analytics


Privacy & data security

Legal EU framework and concepts

Condfidentiality

Charter of the fundamental EU rights

ECJ case law


Tax & Technology I & II
Tax & Technology is a relatively new subject which focuses on the role of technology in the area of tax law.

It is a worldwide trend that tax authorities increasingly use technology to promote compliance. An emphasis is laid upon collecting and managing (big) tax data in order to insure a correct tax payment and detection of fraud. This trend goes hand in hand with further digitalization of information exchange between tax authorities and taxpayers. Industry and business communities also use technology to optimize tax processes and to comply with reporting obligations. This course pays attention to the fiscal and technological aspects that play a role in this process.

However, the course does not aim to solely focus on compliance issues but will cover and investigate new possibilities in validation of a broader use of technology in taxation. Beyond the current and near-term technologies are core academic and philosophical questions that will have increasing import as machines gain in sophistication and capability. These inherent risks and (dis)advantages of the new technological approach are to be discussed. All together, the purpose of the new course is therefore to form a multilateral insight into the processes behind technological approach.

Tax & Technology is split into two 7-week courses, Tax & Technology I and Tax & Technology II and will be cross listed between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Tax & Technology I) and Tilburg University (Tax & Technology II).

Courses will consist of 1,5 hours lectures, followed by 1,5 hours tutorials. Tax & Technology I will commence on Friday, September 7, 2018 (10.30 - 14.30) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Tax & Technology II will commence on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (10.45 - 13.30) at the Tilburg University and will take 7 consecutive weeks.
Tax & Technology I
Lecture
Module
Key concepts
Topic
Technology

1

Introduction I

Possibilities and restrictions of Technology usages in Tax

Programming 101

Various programming languages

2

Tax data collection and processing

Tax Data sources; Bookkeeping and tax in financial systems: ERP Vendors

Data Management I

Data types; storage types; logging; history capture

3

Tax data collection and processing

Tax integration and reporting in ERP; Reporting; Tax modules; Tax Codes

Data Management II

Modules; configuration

4

Taxpayer's perspective: Data Exchange and Reporting I

Implications of dirty data

Transactions: data quality and standardization

Data standards; OCR; Data quality frameworks

5

Taxpayer's perspective: Data Exchange and Reporting II

Standards for data reporting; Designging reporting processes; Legal framework and concepts;

Data exchange and reporting

Webservices; API's; Reporting software

6

Taxpayer's perspective: Data Exchange and Reporting III

Application of data analyses to taxpayer data

Data Analytics

Aggregated data; non-aggregated data; data analytics tools

7

Tax Administration's Perspective: Data Collection and its application

Implications of fraud detection; Impact on information asymmetry for tax purposes; Taxpayer analysis; data ethics and security

Data security

Digital fraud

Tax & Technology II
Lecture
Module
Key concepts
Topic
Technology

1

Introduction II

Different
Possibilities and restrictions of Technology usages
in Tax

Programming 102

Different
 programming languages; Programming concepts; Hands-on session

2

Data warehousing

Public data legislation; Storing large quantities of
taxpayer data

Big data;
 infrastructure

What is big data?
 Storage
 technologies;
 Big data sources

3

Privacy &
 Data security

Ethics; Legal EU
 framework and concepts; GDPR

Tax data security

Processing tax
 data

4

Privacy &
 Data security

Charter of the
 fundamental rights of the EU; ECJ case law

Privacy;
 confidentiality

Data standards; OCR; Data quality Processing tax
 data

5

Automation of law

Robotic process automation
 for tax processes; Blockchain; automation transaction/contracting

Blockchain

Blockchain theory

6

Automation of law

How ML can aid
 categorization processes in tax

Machine learning

Intro into A.I.;
 Difference
 between analytics and A.I.;
 ML applied on (legal)
 texts
 Bag of Words

7

Automation of law

Ethics;
 Using A.I. for
 Tax related applications

Deep learning

Digital fraud

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