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virtual7 supports the implementation of a solution within a public financial authority that is used to generate forecasts for tax-related decisions.


(Karlsruhe, ) Back in 2019, the German government presented key points for the 2030 climate protection program. One component of this was an increase in the commuter tax allowance. Based on this, it is possible to illustrate the decision-making process within public tax authorities. Commuters with long commutes to work are to be relieved by raising the commuter flat rate from 30 to 35 cents from the 21st kilometer driven. According to the Federal Statistical Office, around 6.7 million people subject to income tax covered a commute of more than 20 kilometers in 2015. In their tax returns, 5.8 million (86 percent) reported using a car for at least part of the journey. The actual number of people affected is estimated to be higher. Based on existing data from state tax offices, forecasts are prepared and presented to the responsible decision maker. These forecasts, which are derived from the compression of mass data, serve as a basis for decision-making. Whether it is the commuter tax allowance or another tax-relevant decision, all of this is based on data collected in advance.

Key figures relating to taxes are the responsibility of the respective state authority. Data collected in the systems over many years must be processed and summarized to create a specific statistic. Based on these data, forecasts are made in the next step. In view of the volume of data to be processed, this procedure not only means an additional time commitment for the employees in the authority, but also demands the utmost concentration and accuracy from them. After all, the forecasts produced are to be presented to the Ministry of Finance so that they can make tax-relevant decisions based on them.

With the help of Oracle Analytics Server, it was possible to create a solution that simplifies both data access and data preparation. An important advantage of the new solution is that data can be prepared more quickly and made available for forecasts for decision-making in the Ministry of Finance.

Through the company’s involvement in setting up this solution, virtual7 has made a contribution to Germany’s digital future. The company supports the public sector in numerous projects across Germany in order to shape Germany’s digital future with innovations and technical expertise, thereby creating added value for citizens and public authorities.

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