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An Overview of Sabrix Solution

An Overview of Sabrix Solution

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Introduction to Sabrix Solution: Sabrix is a leading provider of transaction tax management for companies of all sizes. Sabrix enables finance, tax, and IT professionals to achieve accurate, timely, cost-effective compliance for sales tax, use tax, Value Added Tax (VAT), excise tax and industry-specific taxes and fees. The Sabrix Solution is transaction tax management software which is a highly scalable and reliable service for all business applications that need consolidated tax determination, calculation and recording for an enterprise. It is a three-tier application built on industry standard J2EE technology and state-of-the-art object oriented design principles. It is designed to optimize interoperability, manageability, performance, reliability and security. Challenges to tax calculation: Tax consolidation and visibility has become a challenge since tax professionals and systems are distributed world-wide. Due to Companies rapid expansion into new markets and increased channels of distribution, there is a need for a central audit and compliance database. There is a need for a truly global solution which can address global business practices. There is a need to provide a real-time, global tax calculation for each and every transaction. How Sabrix can help in facing the challenges? Sabrix responds quickly in support of all business, system changes globally. Sabrix simplifies and improves the tax automation processes with globally distributed management and control. Sabrix achieves global tax visibility. Sabrix reduces costs. Business Benefits from Sabrix: Tax professionals now have the ability to rapidly implement and control the tax changes in support of business and system changes. Companies can get ability and control over all transaction tax across the world.

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Companies can able to ensure no underpayments, overpayments, or penalties will be incurred with reduced risk and exposure. Companies get improved tax planning and optimization. Companies get increased efficiency and save money by reducing transaction tax management costs and the IT group is no longer burdened with tax policy, rules and content maintenance. For each transaction, the system: Receives transaction information from the business systems (Ex: Oracle EBS), in batch or real-time. Determines which taxes apply to each transaction, the amount of tax, and to whom it is owed. Returns this data back to the calling application. (Ex: Oracle EBS) Stores the data in a centralized database using common elements and definitions. From this database, we can run standard and customized reports across the enterprise using the SabrixReports module, resulting in an audit trail that can be easily maintained. The Sabrix Solution directly supports - US Sales and Use tax, as well as VAT and other taxes in Europe, Canada, Latin America, and many other regions.

Standard Functionalities Provided by Sabrix The Sabrix Solution is capable of providing all U.S. and international standard tax determination, calculation and recording. Sabrix Solution standard product functionality includes: 1. Standard Rates, Rules, Zones, Authorities U.S. and International Sabrix Sales and Use Tax Manager includes the United States and Canada rates, rules, zones, and authorities. Sabrix VAT Manager includes support for over 130 international countries.

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Purchase Transaction Taxation The Sabrix Solution determines, calculates and validates transaction taxes for all business applications and processes throughout the requisition-to-payment cycle. Validation of vendor charged taxes on accounts payable invoices and the determination and recording of consumers use tax for accrual purposes is performed.

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Special Complex Taxation The Sabrix Solution addresses cross border, maximum taxes, triangular sales, and all other complex U.S. and International tax and accounting requirements.

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Product Exemptions Sabrix includes U.S. Product Taxability data with Sales and Use Tax Manager, and the Sabrix VAT Global Tax Manager includes complete International product taxability for more than 140 countries. Sabrix Product Taxability works in conjunction with a companys own configured products and product category exceptions to flexibly accommodate all special product taxability needs. Configurable Functionalities Provided by Sabrix Tax professionals are empowered to quickly and easily configure the Sabrix Solution to meet their companys special tax and organizational requirements. The configurable functionality of the Sabrix Solution includes: 1. Configuring Corporate Structure As your business structure changes, your tax team can re-configure your corporate structure and registrations, define new shipping locations, and identify established authorities quickly and effortlessly. Company Structure: Tax professionals can configure a company structure that facilitates the sharing of data and generation of accurate, timely reports enterprise-wide. Depending on your specific needs, your company can be configured as a single entity or as a hierarchical company with subsidiaries, divisions and business units. Company tax defaults and preferences previously established are immediately shared with the new company or easily modified. Established Authorities: Tax professionals can configure the locations in which your company is established and has tax reporting obligations. Your company may be established in an authority, it may be registered with an authority, or a combination of both. Registrations: Tax professionals would manage registration information. The Sabrix Solution delivers warning messages when international shipments are exceeding thresholds in countries where your company has no registration so that these situations are proactively corrected before they become an issue. Locations: Tax professionals assign shortened location names for those locations you ship from, ship to, and receive or accept orders from most frequently

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Custom Product Exceptions Tax professionals can make accommodations for unique company product exceptions. By default, Sabrix calculates tax using standard rates and exemptions, however, company unique product exceptions can be configured and associated with custom defined rules and rates.

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Exemption Certificate Management Manage both your own exemption certificates and your customers exemption certificates and use them effectively in real-time. Exemptions can be defined as full or partial, be capped at a maximum amount, apply to a single transaction or all

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transactions meeting certain criteria, and be controlled by effective dates. The Sabrix Solution can also automatically create certificates for transactions that meet certain predefined criteria.

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Custom Rates and Rules Tax rules for each jurisdiction can be easily modified to accommodate special tax situations such as exemptions on specific products or custom rates negotiated with an authority.

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TransEditors TransEditors allow the tax professionals to accommodate complex tax situations. Perhaps all transactions with a particular jobcode are not taxable by the county the power of transaction editors accommodates tax situations such as this without requiring special programming by your IT department or consultants. Additional Functionalities provided by Sabrix 1. The Sabrix Workbench: Tax Planning, Modeling, and Testing Once the Sabrix Application Suite tax configuration is complete, tax professionals can use the Sabrix Solution Workbench to model and test sample transactions to understand tax implications and see the impact of new tax configurations. This testing tool enables fast implementation and ongoing management of transaction taxes. Scenarios can be run once or saved to be run multiple times to ensure that changes are implemented accurately. Transaction tax modeling also empowers tax professionals in M&A activities, sourcing, and distribution strategies. Consolidated Reporting The Sabrix Solution includes standard U.S. and international transaction tax reports plus custom reporting capabilities. Additionally, a powerful generate Excel option is provided for report output which automatically generates a fully-formatted excel spreadsheet. Tax professionals focused on audits and other reconciliation tasks can generate a variety of standard and customizable reports from the single transaction tax database, bypassing the need for manual reconciliation or IT involvement. The Financial Dashboard Specifically designed for a companys tax executives, the Financial Dashboard provides an on demand snapshot of a companys tax obligations globally. Compliance and Returns The Sabrix Solution provides companies with a centralized transaction tax management system and a single audit database making time consuming data gathering, issues with tax data consistency, and tedious consolidation, all problems of the past. The Sabrix Solution enterprise tax management has been seamlessly integrated with RIAs industry-leading tax compliance software, InSource. The integration between Sabrix and InSource Sales & Use Tax software provides tax professionals in the U.S the most comprehensive and innovative tax automation and compliance solution available. The Sabrix Solution also has full data extract capabilities and can interface with any returns processing solution.

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Technology Platform Overview The Sabrix Solutions Enterprise Technology Platform consists of: The Database Tier: a relational database that stores the transaction tax data and application metadata. The database can be easily modified to create custom rules, rates, products, and other information specific to the enterprise - all without the need for specialized programming or API work. The Middle Tier: A J2EE 1.5-compliant Application Server, including the Sabrix Transaction Logic Engine. The engine ensures that, for any given transaction, customers pay the right tax to the right authority. A unique, object-oriented technology replaces the standard matrix-oriented approach, leading to faster and more accurate calculations. XML and HTML: XML is used as the data interchange format to interface to business systems, and HTML is used for tax professionals to access the Sabrix Solutions Tax Control Panel.

The Relational Database in Sabrix The Sabrix Solution is the industrys only global tax solution to use a single relational database to store all tax metadata, transaction data, and calculation results for a company - enterprise-wide. Storing all tax metadata in the database, rather than hard-coding rules, rates, and other tax data in the tax application or business-to-tax application API enables the following: Tax professionals can directly update The Sabrix Solutions special tax rates, rules, exceptions, exemptions, company structure, etc. using the systems flexible, Web-based user interface. The tax professionals no longer need to write specifications and work through the IT department or a third-party vendor to manage transaction tax determination. A single point of change means tax and data consistency: altering the database once makes a change available to all calling business applications providing tax data consistency. Other tax "point solutions" require changes be made to each system leading to inconsistencies, duplication of tax and IT effort, and tax management/audit issues. Faster lookups: the object-oriented structure of the data allows for more efficient, quicker access of only the data that applies to the current transaction. Other tax solutions matrix-based lookups are slower and more prone to data corruption.

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Storing transaction data and calculation results in a single database also enables consolidated, real-time reporting and a complete historical audit trail that can be easily accessed and reported against.

The Sabrix Universal Tax Engine The Sabrix Universal Tax Engine evaluates an invoice for its taxability, determines the taxing jurisdictions, and then calculates the correct tax for each. Invoices are evaluated based on Ship From, Ship To, and other locations to determine taxability. Because it is a centralized system, worldwide data can be considered in every transaction. Furthermore, there is no need for tax clerks to specify the taxability of an invoice. Exemption certificates are automatically applied if the invoice matches the appropriate criteria. You can even set auto-creation of certificates for customers if certain criteria are met. The Sabrix Universal Tax Engine uses an exceptions-based lookup scheme. While other tax solutions need to store and maintain rates for every jurisdiction down to the lowest level, the Sabrix Solution only maintains those exceptions to standard rates. This decreases the amount of data that needs to be maintained (reducing the chance of data error or corruption) and speeds rate lookups. The Engine uses an object-oriented approach rather than a single, static rate table or matrix. It intelligently routes transactions only to the applications needed to calculate tax for the given invoice, ignoring all irrelevant data. Other solutions if-else logic can lead to incorrect or bounced tax calculations given an error in the tax rate table; the Sabrix Solution would only generate an error in the unlikely event that a specific tax rate for a given invoices jurisdiction was incorrect.

Sabrix Connections The Sabrix Solution enterprise transaction tax management software is a centralized taxing service for all business applications that need tax determination, calculation and recording. The Sabrix Solution connects to business applications by using a Sabrix Connection; a defined XML interface over standard HTTP protocols (http/https). Specific Sabrix Connection products are available to enable direct connections with the following business systems: Oracle Sales (Receivables/Order Management) Oracle Purchases (Payables/Purchasing)

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In addition, the Sabrix Connection Toolkit for Java enables interfaces to other business applications.

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Program Interfaces Sabrix Connections handle tax calculation requests from client applications. The Sabrix Solution has been designed to successfully integrate with Oracle, SAP, legacy, and all other business applications that require the determination of transaction taxes. The Sabrix Connections for Oracle Sales and Oracle Purchasing are two examples of connections that enable Sabrix Solution integration with specific source systems. The Sabrix Data Interchange facilitates the transfer of data, such as customer, exemption certificate, and other company-specific information, between Sabrix Solution instances and between the Sabrix Solution and other data sources. The Universal Relation View enables simplified access to the audit database from which data can be extracted for custom reports.

Sabrix Connection Process Flow Regardless of the calling business application, each connection follows the five steps: Event Trigger - each point along the transaction flow where tax is required. These are provided for in most ERP systems, and handle most standard and special cases. Data Element Aggregation - retrieve all data elements required to determine tax. This is primarily driven by business requirements. Format and Transmit - construct the XML structure and send to Sabrix Solution. This includes mapping to the appropriate Sabrix Solution XML elements, creating the appropriate HTTP message for either synchronous (single invoice) or batch transmission, and posting the message to the correct URL. Receive and Parse - retrieve the return XML and parse the output. The message is passed in to Sabrix over HTTP and can then be parsed and mapped to the appropriate business application elements. Post Results - place the results of the tax calculation back into the application.

Underlying Technologies in Sabrix Solution The Sabrix Solution leverages the following three underlying technologies: XML is the standard for structured data interchange. XML, the eXtensible Markup Language, is the standard for structured data interchange. Sabrix uses XML version 1.0 as its data interchange format between the Sabrix Solution and the calling ERP systems.

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J2EE is the Java platform on which the Sabrix Solution is build. The Enterprise Technology Platform is based on the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) architecture. Application servers enable access from anywhere in your enterprise via the internet. The Sabrix Solution is built to make use of standard Internet Protocols. You can use the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web Browser to access the system from anywhere in your enterprise.

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Reference: Sabrix Solutions User Guide

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