PawPaw Becomes Xyto

More than a name change …

Seven years ago today we founded PawPaw Taxology with an ambitious brief – find out why technology is so challenging, then make it (a lot) less challenging for tax.

It was a major voyage of discovery for us, with ups, downs, and some blind alleys, but ultimately it was you that showed us the way. Your sharing, engagement, and contribution provided the platform needed for progress, for which we are very grateful.

We wanted to dig deeper, so here’s what that platform now looks like:

Seven Lessons We Learned From You in Seven Years

Learning #1: There is a digital divide, and it matters
For most, the other side is hidden from view, and conventional IT cannot always help

Learning #2: Transformation is real, and it’s really transformative
And when done correctly, it’s not disruptive, but instead is welcomed by everyone

Learning #3: Everything we need for the journey is already there
No need to reinvent the digitalization wheel; tax just needs to figure out how to use it

Learning #4: Success with technology still means working hard every day
But not quite as hard as those who are not successful with technology

Learning #5: Digitalization is the greatest opportunity of our tax lifetimes
But through the power of data, not “tough to endure” automation projects

Learning #6: Old school values still matter
The dedication of experienced tax professionals is vital, if everyone loosens up a bit

Learning #7: It starts and finishes with people
Without the right people thinking the right way, nothing else works.

Next Steps

With those lessons now under our belt, it was time to evolve

Xyto brings an enriched approach with the launch of innovative, dynamic services creating an even more robust, rounded partnership placing you and your future directly at its core.

Ready to get the most from Xyto?

We’ve been very careful to maintain the keen Insights and support we’ve become known and praised for, while elevating you to take full control as you navigate your personal digital transformation journey. This offers a route to future-proofing yourself and your company.

If you haven’t yet explored in depth the tax digitalization challenge with us, Smart Learning Solutionsis your on-demand, time-efficient, and improved place to start.


If you’ve already made the vital step of engaging with our learning, you’re ready to take the lead role in a transformed space as partners with our  ‘Smart Value Partnering‘ services.


Note that for now, PawPaw and Xyto will run side by side for a few weeks while we transition, but feel free to update your contacts already. Stay tuned for more soon!

Thanks again for being part of our community,

Taking Charge of Change: Three Essential Principles

Turning the global digital revolution to your advantage

The days when tax careers had a good degree of certainty and felt relatively safe are receding in the rear view mirror. Now, it frequently feels less comfortable as dramatic change intervenes, particularly of the digital kind. Tax professionals are wondering what the future holds, and concern levels are rising.

Yet, change is a double-edged sword. If approached correctly, it can be a good thing, but how do you know which side of the fence you fall on? Test yourself against these three principles:

Principle #1 – Do you have complete visibility into digitalized tax?

If responsibility for tax in the systems has been left to other groups or outsourced, then your visibility is minimal. A classic symptom of this is constant complaints about upstream, data, vendors, or all of the above.

Principle #2 – Are you in control of the systems from a tax perspective?

If you find yourself scrabbling for answers each time there is an issue, then you are not in control. You are also not in control if you lack an overall view or vision, and you feel uneasy about what you might not be seeing in the systems.

Principle #3 – Are you, your team, and your career future-proofed?

If you quietly fear what might happen next, or don’t like the look of the general direction of travel, then you are not future-proofed. It’s vital going forward that you have a good level of confidence in your ability to handle anything thrown at you, especially if it’s from the technology, digitalization, and transformation arenas.


For 20+ years, the last seven as PawPaw Taxology, we have examined, stretched, pulled and probed these critical questions, and we very much appreciate those of you who have been on this journey with us. However, that time has come to an end.

Coming Soon: A Change You Won’t Want To Miss

The discover & explore phase is over, and 2022 is the year taxology comes of age!

Shortly, you will see us transition to an improved and more complete taxological space. There will be a new look & feel, and better ways of partnering with our valued community to help them take advantage of the many changes happening in tax, no matter how dramatic.

We will keep our much-loved persona of insightful innovation, but expand & extend it with imaginative, yet effective ways to help you navigate real-world, digital-era problems, projects, and planning. This includes meaningful journeys of change that benefit all concerned.

Our relaunch is just days away. Watch this space!

PS. We will be retiring our company name even though it means a lot to us, rooted as it is in our founders, Geoff Peck & Bill Wilson, and their love of protecting African wildlife (PawPaw). The love will remain, but the company will reflect a fresh new direction. It’s time!

Take no action! You’re already along for the ride!

Exciting Spring 2022 Conferences!

Exclusive Additional Discounts Available!

We all know technology, digitalisation, and transformation form one of the biggest conversations for tax professionals today. Becoming digitally aware and tech-savvy is now a critical step in future-proofing the tax function.  

Join us as we share some of our most valuable insights at the biggest calendar events for tax professionals in 2022.  

We are pleased to be sponsoring and speaking at (scroll down for the extra discounts)…

Our topics will unpick some of the most challenging concepts in tax technology & digitalization including…

  • Tax Transformation – Dealing With The Digital Divide 
  • Transforming The VAT Function Through Technology 
  • An (Almost) Painless Way To Transform The Tax Function? The Road To Digital Stewardship

Sign up now, and secure an additional discount available exclusively to PawPaw Taxology Insights subscribers!


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It’s A New World Out There. See You In The Spring!


Tax Technology Insights Exchange Survey Results

Start 2022 the Insightful Way!

The Insights Exchange Survey conducted late last year revealed invaluable and encouraging insights into your technology challenges, giving us an even better understanding of how to help you and work with you on your digitalization journey. 2022 is the breakthrough year for that fresh, clear, workable view of the future we have been waiting for!

Were You On The Same Page As Your Peers?

Sharing knowledge is at the core of everything we do. So, have a look at the survey’s key takeaways and consider again where you sit on the wide spectrum of opinions on the heady topic of tax technology.

Thinking About Starting A Tax Technology Certification Program?

Our team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about our fully flexible, remote study program. To request a free consultation, simply complete our contact form >.

Technology & Your Career: The Trojan Horse

Today’s tax job descriptions are disguising today’s tech reality

Maybe you’re looking for a new job or just checking to see what’s out there in tax. You see something interesting and look over the job description. In short, it reads something like:

International Tax Manager

Good salary and benefits

Responsibilities include:

managing the group’s tax position

– strategies for optimizing cash flow and anticipating future obligations

– managing audits in all locations

– dealing with internal queries assisted by external advisors

– working with finance and shared services to ensure compliance

And then there it is, usually last in the list, something like:

– interacting with IT department, participating in the implementation of new and
upgraded ERP solutions to ensure tax compliant rollouts.


The problem is that as technology engulfs the management of tax, that is the job, or at least the lion’s share of it.

The wording downplays technology, but it’s there, hiding in plain sight, like a trojan horse, and it’s getting harder and harder to do the job without it.

Your future performance may well depend on how you handle that part of the job. Those without a touch ‘n’ feel for tech are already feeling ill at ease, and it gets worse every year.

So, we strongly recommend you …

Disrupt the trojan horse in your tax career before it disrupts you!

… and register for the Smart Tax Technology certification program today. It is …

Digital Intelligence for Tax without learning IT

It is the only program of its kind, and a growing band of graduates attest to its value:

I am 53 years old and a VAT manager all my life,
and this is the best course I have ever taken

— recent graduate at the end of week 2 on the program.

So, take advantage of the last few days of our Cyber Monday deal …

Offer ends Monday, 13 Dec 2021

Save 70% …

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