RSM, the provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, has announced the formation of a new Center for Advanced Tax Technology (C.A.T.T.).
The firm said C.A.T.T. “significantly accelerates” how it develops and delivers client-centric tax systems and data insights by uniting trusted information technology vendors with RSM’s data and analytics teams. This innovative cross-functional group will operate with an independent spirit as it mirrors a technology startup within a legacy professional services organization.
“We decided to approach tax technology development as a nimble Silicon Valley-type startup focused on solving complex problems.As we continue to embrace every internal and external technology opportunity with the client as our focal point, we want to ensure that an efficient, streamlined and automated focus is our main priority for tax technology development.”
Brad Collins will assume the role of leader for the C.A.T.T., an evolution from his current role as national tax technology leader. RSM said Collins brings a “breadth of expertise” in technology, product innovation, and robust client-centric development and operations.
It added that his track record showcases his “creative problem-solving skills” and features years of experience assembling high-performing teams of tax technologists. As RSM accelerates its digital transformation, Collins’ team will help build and deploy the automation solutions on demand that clients now expect.
Nedder added: “Brad was a natural choice to lead this new business model for tax. He has a well-deserved reputation for his ability to find or develop emerging technology solutions that address clients’ biggest issues.”
RSM’s digital tax platform meets clients’ evolving needs and technological capabilities by using a cloud-native approach to integrate their real-time data into their decision-making processes. This is most recently evident in PartnerSight, RSM’s cloud-based tiering and allocation platform.
Collins concluded: “PartnerSight is a game-changer for our clients in the financial services and family office sectors who have wrestled with service providers for years to simply get their own tax data so they can make insightful and timely decisions.
“The launch of C.A.T.T., combined with RSM’s other efforts around digital acceleration, continues to distinguish how technology is helping our clients in the middle market.”