Manufacturers are dealing with an unprecedented pace of change when it comes to rapidly changing technology and tax regulations. Oftentimes, businesses do not consider tax implications when they look at expanding their operations – creating new products and services or tapping into new markets – until it’s too late, forcing them to modernize their tax processes at a much greater cost. A proactive and strategic approach to the tax function can help manufacturers improve accuracy and efficiency, maximize the benefits of modernizing their supply chain and support global business growth.


Register for this webinar to learn how to modernize the tax function by:

  1. Understanding potential tax obligations of new products and services
  2. Evaluating reporting requirements
  3. Upgrading legacy ERP systems to integrate tax automation


Webinar Presenters

Mark Brohan, Director of B2B Research, B2BecNews

Mark Brohan is director of B2B research for Vertical Web Media and author of its upcoming research report, “The Manufacturing 300.” Previously he was vice president of research for Internet Retailer and editor of Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide and related research publications. Prior to re-joining Internet Retailer in 2005, Mark was managing director of The Brohan Group, a full-service business publishing consulting company. He also held leadership positions in print and web product business development for Faulkner & Gray, a subsidiary of Thomson Corp., as web publisher and editorial director for DM Review magazine and its two web sites, and as founding editor of Faulkner & Gray technology magazines including Internet Retailer.

Stephen Kranz, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Stephen (Steve) P. Kranz is a tax lawyer who solves tax problems differently. Over the course of his extensive career, Steve has acquired specific skills and developed a unique approach that helps clients develop and implement holistic solutions to all varieties of tax problems. He combines strategic thinking with effective skills for the courtroom, the statehouse and the conference room. Steve helps clients prevent and resolve tax problems throughout their life cycle, starting with tax planning, compliance, financial statement implication analysis, audit defense and litigation, legislative monitoring and advocacy, and the formation and leadership of taxpayer coalitions. Steve developed many of these techniques as a litigator for the US Department of Justice, Tax Division, as chief counsel for the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue, and further refined them during his tenure as general counsel for the Council on State Taxation (COST). Today, Steve practices at the forefront of state and local tax issues, including developments in the world of cloud computing and digital goods and services. He helps clients understand tax threats and opportunities, and develop holistic solutions, no matter the tax issues or jurisdiction. Steve serves as outside counsel on state tax and unclaimed property matters for the Entertainment Software Association, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and CompTIA.

Meredith Sharpe, State & Local Tax Manager, BDO USA, LLP

Meredith recently joined BDO as a manager in the Southwest Region indirect tax automation practice. She has more than 12 years of sales and use taxation, accounting, and information technology experience, with six years spent in public accounting and six years in industry.

Meredith’s current focus is collaborating with tax stakeholders to assess sales and use tax needs and translating those requirements into meaningful project plans for implementation and configuration of sales and use tax solutions with point of sales, ecommerce and ERP systems.

Prior to joining BDO, Meredith managed Vertex O Series and applicable integrations with point-of-sale, ecommerce, and Peoplesoft systems. She was responsible for sales and use tax audit defense, managed audits, overpayment reviews, tax return compliance management in the U.S. and Canada, and nexus analysis. She has served a number of clients in various industries, with a primary focus and industry experience in retail.

Van Atwood, State & Local Tax Associate, BDO USA, LLP

Mark Sieczkowski, Sr. Product Manager, Vertex

Mark Sieczkowski, has over 20 years of IT Product and Project Management experience.  Mark joined Vertex Inc., in 2013 as Senior Product Manager, O-Series.  Prior to joining Vertex Inc., Mark served as Vice President Solution Delivery for Devon IT, a Thin Client computing company.  He was responsible for supply chain management and ensuring solution delivery of both hardware and software projects.  Mark was also developing and managing strategic relationships with Lenovo, Acer and Dell computer.

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