Telecommunications Exemptions

Global Strategic Accountants, LLC (GSA) is the leading outsourcing firm for Carrier Exemption.  Carrier Exemption is one  of the least understood responsibilities companies have with regard to efficient taxation.  Customers often review a bill from their supplier and find unexpected taxes and fees.  It is not good practice to pay your supplier taxes and fees when you are a registered carrier.  It often leads to loss of profit on those sales.

 

Thanks to our broad base of experienced telecommunications advisers, GSA can assist any carrier in their needs to manage their own exemption to ensure their purchases do not get taxed on the way in.  Likewise we assist wholesale carriers with managing tax exemption for their clients so the services you sell are not over taxed on the way out.

Contact us at info@gsaudits.com to find out about our full service Exemption Management Platform!

 

 

GSA Joins FISPA

GSA is excited to announce our membership with the FISPA organization. FISPA is a group consisting of small to mid sized CLECs and service providers who work together to serve their customers and collaborate on industry needs focusing on integrity in the marketplace. GSA is proud to bring our Regulatory and Tax expertise to the members of this group. See more here

Telecommunications Tax Optimization-What Can It Do For You?

Telecommunications Taxation is complicated. Just think about all the places you have customers.  Now think about things like USF, e-911 and the fact that each jurisdiction in a state can apply a unique telecommunications tax….or not. Yes, it’s complicated.  Telecommunications taxation doesn’t have to be complicated when you have the right tax experts to help.   Global Strategic Accountants has those experts on staff, ready to help.

One thing GSA excels at is Tax Optimization. Tax Optimization minimizes tax liability by taking advantage of specific tax code and exemptions.  What can Tax Optimization do for you?

  • Increase your Competitiveness
  • Reduce your Tax Liability
  • Create an Audit Defense Strategy

If any of these reasons sound like something you can benefit from then call the Telecom Tax experts at Global Strategic Accountants.  We’ll make your tax experience optimal.

GSA Welcomes New Director of Compliance Operations

For Immediate Release: Pinkye Neal, CPA, CMI Joins Management Team at Global Strategic Accountants, LLC out of Alpharetta, GA.

Global Strategic Accountants, LLC (GSA), a leading Telecommunications Regulatory Outsourcing and State and Local Tax Compliance Advisor, welcomes our newest team member.  Pinkye Neal who formerly served in various capacities revolving around telecommunications tax at companies including EarthLink, ILD Telecommunications, and AT&T has joined GSA as Director of Compliance Operations.

GSA continues to build the strongest compliance and consulting team in the industry offering our clients unparalleled expertise and service. Pinkye’s 10 years of extensive expertise in all aspects of telecommunications and indirect tax add to GSA’s strengths.  Pinkye has successfully worked in the areas of tax compliance, tax planning, tax accounting, audit defense, tax automation, process improvement, tax mapping/billing, invoice presentation, tax department restructuring, systems development/enhancement and due diligence.  She has also held various management positions within finance and accounting all of which enhance GSA’s leading role in Business and Operational Support Systems (B-OSS) consulting.  GSA expects further success in assisting their clients to increase efficiency in managing all their business needs while offering full transparency in operations.

“Beth Brandenstein, VP of Compliance Operations at GSA, says “GSA always strives to offer the best and most comprehensive service to our clients.  Pinkye’s addition enhances our already robust team and brings experience our customers demand and will appreciate.”

Pinkye’s primary role will be to lead our compliance team’s day to day operations with a focus on melding process and service in order to maximize GSA’s value as an outsourced compliance firm.

Pinkye received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Rutgers, The State University.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and member of the American Institute of CPAs.  She is a Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) where she holds the CMI designation in Sales & Use Tax.

For more information, please contact:

Karine Vosberg, Business Development Manager, Global Strategic Accountants, LLC. 678. 304 6469 (D)

GSA and Rev.io Partner

Rev.io partners with GSA for Tax Migration

 

For Immediate Release

Rev.io, the leading sophisticated billing and customer management provider to the Communications and IoT industries has partnered with GSA to migrate tax content from the legacy CCH tax table service, ZIPcomm, to CCH  SureTax™.

Rev.io has come to know and respect the work performed by GSA as they have proven to be extremely capable in obtaining results out of Rev.io’s tax engine integrations.   Whether utilizing legacy ZIPcomm data from CCH, CCH SureTax or the Avalara tax solutions, GSA has consistently helped mutual clients launch with the right logic, resulting in increased success for Rev.io and their clients.  Now comes the opportunity to migrate Rev.io’s CCH ZIPcomm tax data users to CCH’s more capable tax engine, SureTax.

“Rev.io aims to be the best billing and back-office software company in the world and our plan to upgrade clients utilizing the legacy ZIPcomm database to CCH SureTax matches that commitment to excellence. We are grateful for GSA’s offer to assist us with the migration.” Brent Maropis, Rev.io CEO.

GSA, the oldest affiliate to CCH SureTax, is confident that our migrations will be properly handled to achieve results that will harmonize the billing Customer Experience our clients expect. In addition, we have a trusted partner to handle the sensitive allocations that have been applied over the years.  “GSA already serves a significant portion of the Rev.io client base.  Rev.io has one of the most mature feature sets and is built with flexibility we can use to maximize the value that an integrated tax engine like SureTax can produce.  We cannot wait to unlock the functionality for our mutual clients and to make sure others are set to take advantage of advanced tax optimization,” Matt LaHood, CEO of GSA.

About Rev.io

Rev.io, recognized as an Inc. 5000 company, provides sophisticated billing-as-a-service (BaaS) to communications and Internet of Things (IoT) service providers, enabling them to manage their end customers’ subscriptions, usage, taxation, billing, and payments. To learn more about Rev.io, go to the Rev.io website or visit the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Those interested in leveraging the partnership can learn more about Rev.io by visiting www.overgroup.com or scheduling a demo. Contact Rev.io at info@rev.io or call 1-866-470-5502.

About GSA

GSA is the leading Telecom Regulatory and Indirect Tax advisory and compliance outsource company.  With over 14 years’ experience in the industry, GSA has performed regulatory reviews for telecommunications providers since its inception and is perhaps the most experienced with understanding guidelines surrounding federal and state regulatory and tax rules.  Combined with our repositories of data on over 24,000 jurisdictions; GSA is unsurpassed in assisting carriers build proper and efficient billing rules in their Business and Operational Support System.

GSA | ITExpo 2017 Booth #536

5 Reasons to Participate in Trade Shows

Trade shows….there are many but are they really important for your business or are they an excuse to get out of the office? These 5 reasons will have you packing your bag for the right reasons.

1. Trade shows provide an industry specific target audience all in one place
2. Trade shows often have industry experts providing insight into critical areas of your industry. ie. Education and problem solving.
3. Trade shows are a great place to meet with your existing clients face to face to build relationships and discover new needs you can fill.
4. Trade shows offer opportunity to align your business with other vendors in the industry.
5. Trade shows are a great place to network and build your brand through exposure alone.

That being said; don’t miss GSA at ITEXPO February 8-10 in Ft. Lauderdale. Want a free pass? email Karine@gsuadits.com

GSA | ITExpo 2017

GSA to Unveil New Strategy for Voice Providers

GSA to Unveil New Strategy for Voice Providers at Channel Partners Evolution

Alpharetta, GA — GSA, the leading Regulatory and Tax Compliance firm in the US, is excited to announce our VIP session August 15 at the Channel Partners Evolution 2016 show in Washington DC. Our Session is titled Business Valuation Through Compliance, What You Need to Know.

This session will not only cover the importance of having a sound regulatory and tax compliance practice for your business but how such a practice can affect the value of your company and ultimately it’s viability as an asset. See GSA’s website, www.gsaudits.com for additional information and real life examples of how bad practice caused the buyer of an existing company with poor compliance routine thousands of dollars.

This session will also serve to introduce Covoda Communications to those seeking to enter the Voice Solutions market but don’t have the resources to properly bill their clients and comply with Government rules. “North America is the largest market for hosted VoIP and unified communications services. From hosted PBX to SIP trunking and data networking, Covoda is excited to leverage its strategic partnership with GSA to provide advanced IP solutions throughout the country,” said Mark Thomas, Managing Director of Covoda. “Our team will share a new model for resellers and agents who want to grow and maximize income without having to become a communications carrier until they are fiscally ready,” he continued.

About Covoda

Covoda Communications, Inc. is a full-service broadband telecommunications company providing an array of business solutions. It has been successfully providing a wide range of voice/telecommunications solutions for more than 10 years.

Don’t miss this informative session. It could present the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. To Register email Jessica Barreras at jessica.barreras@informa.com. To contact GSA, please call Karine Vosberg at 678.304.6469 or email at, Karine@gsaudits.com.

GSA Reduces Mobile Carrier’s USF Liability  by Over $700,000 per Year!

About GSA

GSA is the leading North American Telecom Regulatory and Indirect Tax Compliance advisory and outsource provider. With over 14 years’ experience in the industry, GSA has performed regulatory reviews for telecommunications providers since its inception and is perhaps the most experienced with understanding guidelines surrounding federal and state regulatory and tax rules. Combined with our repositories of data on over 24,000 jurisdictions; GSA’s professionals bring their expertise to bare on all engagements.

About the Carrier

The mobile carrier had adapted their regulatory regimen from a previous business model and support method for rating tax and calculating regulatory liabilities. The largest of them being federal Universal Service Fund liability. Unfortunately for the carrier, assumptions regarding how their products should be rated were based on antiquated resources.

GSA performed a three level approach to the engagement. First, GSA identified the methods by which the carrier applied tax rating to their transactions. This research gave us details on how efficient and accurate the rating logic applied tax liability to the customers’ transactions.

Next, GSA rebuilt the revenue experience in our Tax Lab. GSA applied their knowledge of the customer’s product and sales goals to their revenue and modeled scenarios which achieved the best tax treatment. In doing so, GSA recognized that revenue recognition for the carrier along with their marketing materials did not reflect the proper offerings to achieve the optimal results. As a result, GSA and the carrier embarked on a full review of their terms and conditions and a re-application of revenue recognition methods to synchronize USF filing reports, profiled by GSA to be optimized.

The End Result

This outcome of the project led to a redesign of the customer’s point of sale (POS) and tax rating engine. Integral to that redesign were GSA’s optimization rules which synchronized the rating with the reporting of liabilities. A byproduct of the redesign was seamless automation of transaction data imported into the General Ledger for Revenue Recognition without manual manipulation. The outcome- our carrier ultimately reduced their USF liability by over $700,000 which was credited within the year of their annual report, creating an ROI of over 400% on the project.

Final Note

If you have manual processes involved in your tax and regulatory reporting, and (or) if you have older resources (advisors and systems); let GSA look at your reporting methods to see if there are ways to improve your bottom line.

GSA, BeQuick To Host MVNO Tax Event

Tax Workshop offered by GSA and BeQuick November 17, 2015.

General Solutions Associates and BeQuick to host a tax workshop November 17 as a pre-show event to the MVNO Summit held November 18th- 19th in Dallas.

Atlanta, GA — Telecommunications regulatory and tax compliance leader, General Solutions Associates, LLC, along with BeQuick, widely recognized as the leading cloud-powered billing and fulfillment software provider for wireless and MVNO carriers, will offer a tax workshop focused on the MVNO.

Topics offered at this seminar include:

  • Choosing the right billing & rating platform
  • Licensing the MVNO at all levels – federal, state & local
  • Choosing the best packages and services offering for your market &
strategy
  • Taxation & regulatory pass – throughs for MVNOs
  • Tax Optimizations & Audit Support
  • Bill presentation
  • Seamless Remittance Strategies

General Solutions Associates (GSA) is a telecommunications industry leader in regulatory requirements consulting, compliance outsourcing and tax processing.  “This workshop will provide strategic and relevant topics to the MVNO industry,” says Samantha Maqueo, VP Regulatory for GSA.

BeQuick is 100% devoted to the future of MVNO enablement. Designed for mobile from the ground up, the BeQuick Cloud BSS/OSS for Mobile is a powerful hosted back office service that enables the management and monetization of the entire subscriber lifecycle.

“We are confident that MVNOs developing or enhancing their business will benefit from this workshop,” says Steve McIntosh, COO of BeQuick.

GSA and BeQuick encourage our workshop participants to take in the solutions and networking benefits of the MVNO Summit.  As a registered attendee to the MVNO Summit and a client of either GSA or BeQuick you will automatically be given a place at the workshop. To register please go to http://usa.mvnoindustrysummit.com/register/

To find out more about BeQuick solutions visit their website at www.bequick.com.  To learn more about how GSA can manage your regulatory and tax obligations visit www.gsaudits.com.