Archive for September, 2013

Oracle Fusion Tax demo

We will be organizing a demo on Oracle Fusion Tax shortly, please let us know if you would be interested and then we can send you the information to be able to join us on the webinar.

Will we ever have DFFs as Tax Determining Factors?

We all know the limitations with the tax module, primarily with the limitations that the determining factors give us. Many of us who have worked with eBTax for a while have asked for the ability to have DFFs as determing factors.

But, will we ever have DFFs as Tax Determining Factors?

The answer is probably not. Having spoken with Oracle Product development at this years Oracle Open World, the key issue is that a DFF that maybe linked to a Purchase order line is not going to be available in the AP workbench meaning that the tax engine wont have the same info in AP that it had in PO!

Its a fair comment and I understand the limitations.

 So… Whats the alternative?

At present I am not at liberty to say but Oracle development do have a unique concept that would allow a very similar approach that would get over the issue of DFFs not being available to all modules. So, watch this space for further updates.

OAUG User Communities for the Bi-Annual Webinar Series 2013

Join the OAUG User Communities for the Bi-Annual Webinar Series on September 16 and 19, 2013

The OAUG User Communities bi-annual Webinar series, including 2 sessionon on eBTax will be held September 16 and 19, 2013. Each webinar is FREE and open to all members of the User Communities and OAUG.

Registration for the series is now open and you may register for one or more sessions. High quality content will be presented by multiple User Communities including:

  • AP SIG
  • AR, Credit and Collections SIG
  • Asset SIG
  • Cost Management SIG
  • EBS User Management SIG
  • Hyperion SIG
  • Multi-National / Multi-Organization SIG
  • Procurement SIG
  • SysAdmin SIG
  • Tax Management SIG

The Geo/SIG Committee looks forward to your participation in this series. Links to register for all sessions are available below. For questions or assistance, please contact the Geo/SIG Manager at

The following OAUG Webinars are being presented the week of September 16-20

eBTax Extreme Hacks 1 with the Tax Management SIG on September 16, 2013

Legalize It (Round the World)  Statutory & Management Reporting in Global Implementation with the Multi-National SIG on September 16, 2013
Utilizing Asset Source Lines with the Asset SIG on September 16, 2013
Implementing Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management in a Professional Services Firm with the OAUG Nj on September 16, 2013
Working Effectively with Oracle’s Public APIs: Finding, Understanding, Using, Tuning & Extending with OAUG NYC on September 17, 2013
E-Business Suite DBA Best Practices with the SysAdmin on September 17, 2013
Finding Your Way Through Localizations & Globalizations  – Hitchhiker Guide for the Adventurous  presented by the Multi-National SIG on September 17, 2013
60 Inventory Orgs & 6 Ledgers? No Worries  – Reconcile Your G/L to Inventory Perpetual Balances with the Cost Management SIG on September 18, 2013
A Mobile Strategy for Oracle EPM with the Hyperion SIG on September 18, 2013
Understanding Asset Tables with the Asset SIG on September 18, 2013
Oracle Financial Close Management  Embrace the Change with the OAUG NYC on September 19, 2013
eBTax Extreme Hacks 2 with the Tax Management SIG on September 19, 2013
R12 Surprises in User Management with the EBS User Management SIG on September 19, 2013
AR, Credit and Collections SIG  Knowledge Through Shared Experiences with the AR, Credit and Collections SIG on September 19, 2013
Global Implementation Projects Which Are Considering Using Oracle Tax Manager with the AP SIG on September 20, 2013

Take the risks out of compliance by making your ERP work with VAT

Take the risks out of compliance by making your ERP work with VAT
There are many reasons why VAT can introduce variables into your ERP, variables that can be problematic. Something as simple as a change in the supply chain can make changes in the way VAT is handled in your company, and if your ERP doesn’t reflect this change it could lead to heavy penalties when you submit your return.

What happens when you are found to be at fault with VAT?
If you are found to be non-compliant, you are looking at heavy and punishing penalties. These penalties will have a direct impact on your bottom line. If the authorities find that your VAT is not compliant, you will have to re-invoice customers, ensuring that you pay for any debt that is missing.
The companies we know and visit use Oracle for ERP. However, they are not using it effectively for VAT management and returns. And the reason usually lies in the set-up of the tax module they have running with Oracle (eBTax). Whoever set up that module most likely configured it incorrectly, so vital aspects of VAT are managed poorly.
VAT has so many variables, especially with new policy and other aspects such as the status of a customer that it cannot be left to chance. However, some companies are still dealing with VAT manually.
Your configuration
Are you confident that your Oracle ERP tax solution has been correctly setup, and meets your fiscal and reporting requirements to ensure that you are fully VAT compliant?
The companies we work with have eBTax set up on Oracle. But it may have been set up incorrectly, and this poor quality configuration means that you aren’t using clear ‘tax logic’. The team that inputs your financial information through the module may be working with a poorly configured module, so that business ‘events’ like a change in supply chain details will have a negative effect.
Businesses that use Oracle and eBTax need to know if the configuration they are using is appropriate. If they don’t know this, the money spent on such a ‘solution’ could simply be a waste.
But how do you know if your configuration of eBTax is correct? How do you know if it is managing and reporting on VAT accurately?
That’s where we come in.
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