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EY Looks to Simplify Tax Functions at Automation Hackathon in India

Global professional services firm EY will host a 24-hour “hackathon” contest in India this week in which participants will try use automation to help simply various business processes, focusing specifically on tax-related functions.

The end goal is to create prototype solutions that are unique, scalable, and applicable in business, with the two best efforts receiving awards at the end of the competition. To craft their ideas, participants will receive access to mentorship, technology tools, and cloud platforms from EY, Automation Anywhere, IBM, and Microsoft.

Sudhir Kapadia, partner and national tax leader for EY India, said that digital tax administration “has emerged as one of the biggest drivers” of transformation in this practice area, and that the hackathon offers a means to cultivate fresh ideas to further this evolution. “To be ‘future-ready,’ we believe that it is imperative for the tax professionals to take maximum advantage of the technology ecosystem available around us,” said Kapadia.

The event will begin on November 4 at GoWork@108 in Gurgaon, a city not far from New Delhi. Winners will be named the following day on November 5 after the final submissions are analyzed and the judges deliberate to determine the top prototypes.

The event follows up on an earlier EY hackathon in India that looked at the opportunities available from blockchain technology. “The second edition of ‘EY Hackathon’ is a unique effort in bringing together developers, design enthusiasts, and chartered accountants to realize functional prototypes using intelligent automation,” said Farokh Balsara, partner and markets leader for EY India.

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