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Cross-border Tax Talks

August 04, 2021

Bringing code to the Code: Tech trends in International Tax

Doug McHoney (PwC's US International Tax Services Leader) is live at the Westminster Studios with John McDonald (Quantitative Solutions & Technologies Managing Director) to discuss the role of technology in tax. Doug and John cover, among other topics: the cross section of computer science and tax; the economics of the professional services industry; how TCJA has made taxation much more complex;  the digital evolution of tax research; the power of definitions and testing to retain information; the usefulness of a graph data structure in tax; how centralized rules engines are superior to spreadsheets; the power of visualizations; the future of probability analysis in taxation, and the need for change management.


  • 4:00 - Why did John pursue a new career in tax technology?
  • 9:00 - What are some of the driving forces behind increased tax complexity?
  • 13:00 - How is new technology making modeling more efficient?
  • 15:30 - How can technology improve the way tax advisors conduct research?
  • 21:00 - How technology can play a role in continuous learning and education?
  • 27:00 - What is the future of quantitative analysis in tax?
  • 33:00 - What are the benefits of scale to using technology in tax?
  • 38:00 - What is the future of qualitative analysis in tax?
  • 41:30 - What role can predictive law software have in the future?


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Doug McHoney

International Tax Services Co-Leader, PwC US

Geoff Jacobi

ITS, Knowledge Management Managing Director, PwC US

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