Tax Disruption Academy 2021

Tax professionals urgently need new skills to survive and succeed in the world of the digital taxman. They can acquire them at PwC’s new academy.


Date: later in 2021


PwC's Experience Center, Rieterstrasse 6, 8002 Zurich


Want to brush up on your digital skills?

The taxman is currently developing digital superpowers. If you thought governments were slow to adopt the latest technology, check out the statistics on recent public investment in advanced digital capabilities. With the authorities quickly improving their skill set, tax professionals need superpowers of their own.

To avoid nasty surprises and avoid a situation where the taxman knows more about your business than you do, you need to get a handle on your data. You need to learn how to gather, check, process, analyse and secure it more efficiently – and present it persuasively to your stakeholders. 

About the academy

PwC has responded to this urgent need for new digital skills by creating the Tax Disruption Academy. 

In five compact, hands-on sessions, Tax professionals working in businesses will get a thorough grounding in how to work with data. They’ll understand the new tools and how to apply them in their job to extract, understand, analyse and visualise data. They’ll know how to assure data security in a challenging and fast-moving environment. And crucially, they’ll be able to build a solid business case for investment in data technology for the tax function, and plan accordingly.

Sound like what you need to transform your prospects? Check out the sessions and sign up for more details.


“Unlike other forms of disruption, we know exactly where tax disruption is headed: tax authorities will want and get real-time access to corporate data. To create a successful future for themselves, tax professionals need a whole new set of digital and data skills. And they need it now.”


PwC's Experience Center
Rieterstrasse 6
8002 Zurich

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Session structure

  • 4 hours
  • Kicking off at 1 pm
  • Followed by an apéro on the first and last session


Individual Session
CHF 650.- including certificate

Full academy
CHF 3'000.- 


Session one:
Working with Data
  • Common data issues and the tools available for extracting, transforming, blending and leveraging data
  • Introducing you to ETL tools such as PowerQuery and Alteryx
  • Automating tasks on a small scale
Session two:
Collecting insights from your data
  • How machine learning and artificial intelligence can help you collect insights from data
  • The principles behind common ML and AI tools, what they can do, and their limitations
  • Introducing you to basic Python coding
Session three:
Extracting and understanding external data
  • An overview of what data sources are available and how to use them for tax purposes
  • An understanding of how external data can be extracted and analysed
  • Insight into text mining and natural language processing technology
Session four:
"See" your data
  • How to visualise data for meaningful conversations on the basis of your own analysis
  • The benefits of data visualisation programs, and how to use them to build dashboards and do simple analysis for presentations to stakeholders
  • Introducing you to software tools such as Power Pivot, PowerBI and Qlik
Session five:
The new world of tax
  • Harness the tools in your day-to-day work to change the way you deliver tax
  • Overview of the current trends in tax supervision and outlook how tax functions must evolve


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Contact us

Dr. Christian R. Ulbrich

Dr. Christian R. Ulbrich

Manager, Tax and Legal Technology, Strategy and Applications, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 23 16

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones

Senior Manager, Tax Strategy and Applications, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 45 16

Christoph Schärer

Christoph Schärer

Tax and Legal Innovation, Transformation & Disruption Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 42 82