Broadcast Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


Tax automation is not necessarily a new topic for global manufacturers. Over the years, many businesses within this sector have adopted scalable and affordable technology solutions enabling significantly improved accuracy in determination, filing and remittance. However, sales tax technology has evolved significantly over the years, and its definitely time to consider whether your company is fully utilizing the value that your sales tax technology solution provides.

In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and distinguished professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will present the audience with a comprehensive discussion of sales tax automation in the manufacturing industry. Speakers will also share best practices to maximize its value in a world where rules and requirements can change with a moment’s notice.

Key topics include:

  • Sales Tax compliance challenges faced by manufacturers
  • Best practice in deploying sales tax automation to meet those challenges
  • How manufacturers might take sales tax automation to the next level
  • Considerations in choosing the right sales tax automation software
  • Outline some best practices on how to approach configurations within your ERP to take advantage of software automation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine key tax issues and challenges in the manufacturing industry
  • Identify the impact of software on sales tax automation
  • Determine the best practices in approaching configurations within the ERP to maximize software automation


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE); Group-Internet Based



General knowledge of tax laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


NASBA Field of Study:

Taxes - Technical


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

1.5 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credits)

Speaker Panel:

Chuck Maniace, Vice President - Regulatory Analysis & Design

Charles Maniace is Vice President – Regulatory Analysis & Design at Sovos, a leading global provider of software that safeguards businesses from the burden and risk of modern tax. An attorney by trade, Chuck leads a team of attorneys and tax professionals responsible for all the tax and regulatory content that keeps Sovos customers continually compliant. Over his 17 year career in tax and regulatory automation, he has provided analysis to the Wall Street Journal, NBC and more.

Tim Roden, Solution Principal, Sales & Use Tax

As part of the Sovos team since 2014, Tim has focused on solving complex business and systems challenges specific to Indirect Tax for Global and Enterprise businesses. Prior to his time at Sovos, Tim worked as a Senior Solutions Engineer for ACI Worldwide, supporting SaaS-based electronic payment solutions for Global and Regional Financial Institutions. Tim has a B.A. in History from Wake Forest University.

Sai Avula, Managing Director | Tax Digital Consulting Enterprise Tax Automation
Grant Thornton, LLP

Managing Director | Tax Digital Consulting Enterprise Tax AutomationGrant Thornton, LLP

Sai Avula is a Managing Director in Grant Thornton’s Tax Services practice, providing indirect tax automation services to companies across the U.S. He has extensive experience in systems implementation and automation of indirect taxes (VAT, GST, US sales h use taxes). His primary focus is implementation of indirect tax determination and reporting with in the ERP systems (like SAP, Oracle, NetSuite etc) or Procurement platforms (Ariba, Coupa etc) or Billing platforms. A lot of these implementations often involve integration with a 3rd party tax engines like Vertex, Avalara, Sovos and OneSource Determination ( fka Sabrix) and Sai has extensive experience working with all of these leading tax engines and their various solutions.



Chuck ManiaceVice President - Regulatory Analysis & Design



Tim RodenSolution Principal, Sales & Use Tax



Sai AvulaManaging Director | Tax Digital Consulting Enterprise Tax Automation

Grant Thornton, LLP

  • First, we’ll look back at 2020 and consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic impacted what has historically been a dynamic regulatory landscape. We will also look forward to 2021 and evaluate what the regulatory road ahead might look like.
  • We’ll then recap some of the sales and use tax challenges associated with global manufacturing, and
  • Think about some new challenges facing manufacturers as they grow and evolve their business models, including opening direct-to-consumer channels.
  • Introduce how software can proactively assist in handling current and future compliance challenges.
  • Outline some best practices on how to approach configurations within your ERP to take advantage of software automation.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Chief Information Officers
  • SAP Project Manager/SAP S/4HANA
  • Chief Digital Officers
  • Database Administrators
  • VPs and Directors of IT
  • IT Managers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Tax Officers
  • Vice-President of Financial Reporting & Taxation
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Tax Compliance
  • Senior Tax Managers
  • CPAs
  • Tax Attorneys
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Chuck ManiaceVice President - Regulatory Analysis & Design
Tim RodenSolution Principal, Sales & Use Tax
Sai AvulaManaging Director | Tax Digital Consulting Enterprise Tax Automation
Grant Thornton, LLP



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