Work experience as freelance VAT consultant/interim in-house VAT manager:

In 2009 I started as an independent VAT specialist. I have advised various types of clients on a regular or ad-hoc basis, amongst which a gambling, a real estate company, a charity, a magazine, a bank, off- and online vendors of software/applications, an international furniture website, and a telecoms company. Below, I have listed the more substantial, interim assignments as separate items.

  • The Nielsen Company (Q1 2013 – now)
  • TP Vision Europe B.V. (Q2 2015 – Q4 2016, and again in Q32017 - Q1 2018)
  • Shell International BV (Q4 2011 and later again in Q3 and Q4 2012)

  • Merck, Sharp & Dome (Q2 – Q4 2012)

  • Drew Marine (Q2 2011)

  • CHC Helicopter Corporation (Q4 2010 – Q1 2011)

  • Activision (Q2 - Q3 2010)

  • Ballast Nedam – (Q2 2010)

  • Shell International BV – (entire 2009 – Q1 2010, again in Q4 2011, and again in Q3 and Q4 2012)

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Work experience as an employee:

  • Deloitte Tax Advisers - Senior Manager (VAT) - 2006 – 2008 
  • Hogeschool InHolland – Teacher – 2007
  • Fiscount - Adviser (VAT) - 2005 – 2006
  • Ernst & Young – Manager (VAT) - 2002 - 2005
  • Arthur Andersen - Assistant, Senior and Manager (VAT) - 1997 – 2002

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Education and memberships:

  • 1997 – now:   Various (international, technical/soft skill) courses, webinars, seminars, etc.
  • 2010 – now:   Regular participation in various informal VAT technical meetings with other VAT specialists (such as via European VAT Managers: in-house VAT specialists sharing/discussing issues)
  • 2007 – 2008:   Member of the Dutch Real Estate Tax Advisers Association (NVvVF)
  • 1997 – 2008    Member of the Dutch Order of Tax Advisers (NOB)
  • 1993 – 1997    University of Amsterdam (and Leiden), Tax Law (thesis: VAT & telecommunication services)

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Publications:

I used to regularly write articles for VAT magazines. Amongst others, I published in the International VAT Monitor and Dutch magazines such as Btw-brief and Btw-bulletin and made VAT contributions for (more general) magazines such as Fenedexpress, Computerrecht, real estate magazines, etc. When I started as a freelance VAT specialist in 2009, I found it important to stay informed about VAT developments all over the world. I developed a technique to allow me to do this in an efficient way, and bundled all news on a blog. As I enjoyed doing this and as I received so much positive feedback about my blog, I decided to take it to the next level. In April 2018 I launched VATupdate.com together with a former colleague of mine. On this website, we publish articles on a daily basis, together with our growing network of contributors, and we distribute weekly VAT newsletters with VAT news from all over the world.
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More details about my experiences can be found on LinkedIn profile

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