CHS Upgrades to Zytax Compliance SaaS Solution

Cenex parent moves to secure, web-based offering for automation of fuel tax filing

Published in CSP Daily News

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- CHS Inc., a leading refiner and wholesaler of fuels as well as a top-20 North American fuel retailer with a network of 1,400 branded sites across 19 states, has signed a five-year contract renewal with FuelQuest Inc., a leading on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry. Under this agreement, CHS will adopt FuelQuest's Zytax Compliance Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to streamline filing of energy and fuel excise taxes.

"FuelQuest Zytax Compliance allows us to manage and automate the tax filing process effectively for the CHS Energy division as well as support all of our reporting jurisdictions," said Mike Morrissey, director of information technology at CHS. "The fact that we can now use Zytax Compliance over the web, knowing that our data is secure and that the application supports high transaction volumes, made it a straightforward decision for our company."

FuelQuest Zytax Compliance automates the importation of motor fuels excise tax data from back-office systems, evaluation of applicable taxes, creation of schedules and returns and filing of electronic returns where applicable. Zytax Compliance streamlines tax processing, reducing errors that can lead to fines, fees and penalties.

Zytax Compliance offers companies automated, end-to-end filing from data import to electronic filing; relief from tracking frequently changing rules, rates, and forms across all U.S. jurisdictions; improved reporting support for audits and amendments; and reduced capital infrastructure investment and reliance on internal IT support.

FuelQuest provides tax automation solutions for companies of all sizes across multiple industries including fuel retail, distribution, supply and trading as well as rail, airlines and trucking. Customers include 7-Eleven, Chemoil, Circle K, Global Companies, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Meijer, Murphy Oil, Sinclair Oil, Speedway, truenorth energy and more.

"We are pleased to extend our long relationship with CHS as they adopt Zytax Compliance under our SaaS model," said Phil Fraher, COO and CFO at FuelQuest. "Like the 100-plus other customers who are already live on the latest Compliance, CHS will benefit by having instant access to a web-based solution processing their returns in a highly secure, scalable environment managed by FuelQuest."

Houston-based FuelQuest provides on-demand fuel management, tax automation and compliance solutions for suppliers, distributors, buyers and traders of petroleum products and other energy commodities. Its solutions deliver operational and financial value to more than 650 customers. These customers include leading global oil companies, international retailers, shippers and government entities. FuelQuest's fuel management solutions help customers manage the complexity, regulation and market volatility for more than 19 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually. Its Zytax solutions ensure compliance and accuracy for tens of billions of dollars of energy-related excise taxes per year.

Saint Paul, Minn.-based CHS is the nation's leading cooperative, owned by farmers, ranchers and co-ops across the United States. A diversified energy, grains and foods business, it supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

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