Columbus IT Partners with CCH to Offer End-to-end Sales Tax Solutions

(RIVERWOODS, ILL. and STAMFORD, CONN., June 9, 2006) – Expanding its leadership and vision in the development, support and distribution of vertical solutions, Columbus IT (CPH: COLUM), the world’s largest provider of Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Microsoft Global Partner of the Year, has partnered with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, a leading provider of tax, audit and accounting information, software and services (

Columbus IT has joined CCH’s Preferred Partner Program offering end-to-end sales tax solutions built on CCH’s CertiTAX™ and ZIPSales® Returns. CertiTAX provides real-time address validation and tax calculation based on a comprehensive database of rates and taxability rules covering thousands of products and services. CertiTAX integrates with Microsoft Dynamics GP, AX, NAV and SL and operates transparently behind the scenes with minimal operations or IT support.

CertiTAX Web services are compliant with Microsoft .NET design and implementation standards. Systems, applications and services that display the .NET Connected logo have been tested to support Web service capabilities and are optimized for the next generation of Internet-enabled computing. CertiTAX Web services are Microsoft (.NET) Certified, for use with Microsoft® Windows, UNIX and other systems with a SOAP (simple object access protocol) toolkit or integrated SOAP facilities. When used in combination with the CCH ZIPSales Returns product, sales tax liability can be aggregated from any input source, including batch input from legacy, point-of-sale and general ledger systems. The aggregated liability is then automatically transferred to the appropriate forms for each jurisdiction where taxes are owed. In states that accept third-party filing via EDI or E- File, returns can be automatically filed.

“We are thrilled to offer our customers yet another value-added solution to our ever-expanding list of return-on-investment options. As the world’s number one provider of Microsoft Dynamics AX, and North America’s leading supplier of vertical expertise, knowledge and training, Columbus continues to excel as an all-inclusive solution provider with global resources unlike any other in the industry,” explains Thomas Hauge, vice president, COO of Columbus IT USA. “Partnering with CCH compliments our extensive list of offerings, brings additional value to our services and enables our customers to have a supplier that clearly meets the demands of today’s ever-changing global marketplace.”

“The combination of strong management, highly professional staff and a broad range of software solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX has allowed Columbus IT to become one of the leading global Microsoft Partners. Partnering with the CCH, provides Columbus IT integrated end-to-end sales tax solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX that clients require to ensure accurate sales tax reporting, returns and compliance without impacting their workflow,” says Michael Silmont, National Strategic Alliances manager, CCH.

Thomas Hauge agrees, “Paying taxes is an inevitable and unavoidable part of doing business, but with CCH, our customers can be assured of the most accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information available anywhere today. A constant reassurance in today’s constantly evolving workplace.”

For More Information

For more information about CCH’s sales and use tax solutions, call 1-800-630-2218 or visit

About Columbus IT

Columbus IT encompasses a global network of over nine hundred dedicated employees in twenty-five countries enabling customers to streamline production, minimize inventory costs, configure complex products and data processing more effectively and profitably. Columbus IT is a developer and implementer of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), e-Business, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business Intelligence. Columbus is a Microsoft Business Solutions Gold Certified Partner and Microsoft Global Partner of the Year.

With a track record of over 5,000 successful implementations worldwide, the Columbus network of strategically located subsidiaries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and the Americas, ensures customers an integrated standard approach worldwide. Customers enjoy on-site user training, pre and post implementation services, continuing education classes, plus 24 hour, seven-days-a-week support. Columbus IT provides local, personalized service from planning to implementation, to customization, to ongoing support and education. Columbus customers receive the solution best suited for their precise needs, and project management methodology, based on “Best Practices,” ensures IT projects are kept on course, on time and most importantly on budget.

About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business ( is a leading provider of tax, audit and accounting information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals and its clients since 1913. Among its market-leading products are The ProSystem fx® Office, CCH® Tax Research NetWork™, CertiTAX™, ZIPSales® Returns, Accounting Research Manager® and the U.S. Master Tax Guide®. CCH is based in Riverwoods, Ill. Wolters Kluwer is a leading multinational publisher and information services company. For more information, see

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