International VAT Conference 2012

14th and 15th June 2012
at Seehotel Übersee, Lake Tegernsee (Munich)

The focus of the International VAT Conference is the discussion of current VAT issues at both the academic and practical level. The conference panel consists of international experts drawn from the EU Commission, the OECD, the tax administration, universities and from leading international corporations.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to raise questions relating to their day to day business and to participate in panel and audience discussions.

With its solution based focus, delegates will leave the conference having been provided with real insight into how to better manage their respective VAT issues. Natur- ally, all sessions will be supported by extensive docu- mentation which delegates will undoubtedly find to be a valuable future business resource after the conclusion of the conference.

So come and join the discussion on VAT's hot topics and enjoy the opportunity of networking with other atten- dees and speakers from all Member States.

Who should join: VAT Managers, VAT consultants, officials dealing with VAT.

Conference language: English





Check in
Free shuttle service: Munich Airport to Seehotel Überfahrt, Tegernsee, hourly from 15.00 to 19.00

Cocktail reception

Dinner at hotel

Football match transmission
UEFA Euro 2012 (The Netherlands vs. Germany)












Place of taxation: VAT technical / legal developments
(Dr. Maunz)
· Chain transactions – new concept of allocating the zero rated supply (ECJ Eurotyre)
· Safety net regulation after ECJ Facet · ComparisonIntra-Community/Export/Import

Compliance aspects
(Mr. Huschens, Mr. von Streit)
· Proof of export / intra-Community supplies – the German approach and other approaches across the EU
· Reporting requirements

Panel discussion



Spheres of a legal person
(Prof. Dr. Terra)
· Linking input VAT deduction to supplies and non-supplies
(transactions carried out for business reasons which are non-supplies for VAT purposes)
· Can a legal person only have one sphere?

Input VAT deduction
(Prof. Dr. Englisch)
· Right to deduct and time to deduct (when) · Exercising the right to deduct – formal
requirements · Correction of input VAT deduction

Other aspects of neutrality
(Mr. Wildeboer)
· Same fact pattern – same treatment / no distortion (Rank Group C-260/10)
· Fiscal and monetary neutrality

Panel discussion



International update
(Prof. Wille)
· Transposing directive 2010/45 · Country update


Traditional Bavarian dinner
at Gebirgsschützenhütte Tegernsee











New developments EU
(Mr. Raponi)

Practical issues
(Mr. Lang)



VAT system design – global overview
(Mr. Needham)
Broad based (less exemptions) single rate

EU developments – future VAT strategy
(Mr. Raponi)
· Destination principle · VAT technical aspects – place of taxation · Compliance/Information/OneStopShop

(Mr. Cunningham)
· Better legislation – more transparency in the legislative process, better communication
· Enhanced relationship – communication, risk management
· More simplification and harmonization – better use of technology

Latest developments OECD
(Mr. Battiau) (tbc)


Lunch at hotel/Check out
Free shuttle service: to Munich Airport from 13.00 to 15.00


Dr. Stefan Maunz


is a lawyer and certified tax consultant. With many years of experience in VAT and customs law, Stefan is a partner at KMLZ, a German law firm specializing in these areas. In addition, he has extensive experience working for international law firms in both Germany and the USA. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Munich as well as a VAT Forum partner and Member of the VAT Expert Group initiated by the EU Commission.

Ferdinand Huschens


Dipl.-Finanzwirt Ferdinand Huschens ist in der Bundesfinanzverwaltung insbesondere im Bereich der Umsatzbesteuerung grenzüberschreitender Transaktionen tätig. Er war viele Jahre mit der Auslegung des Unionsrechts auf dem Gebiet der Mehrwertsteuer (auch bei EuGH-Verfahren) befasst. Ferdinand Huschens ist Autor zahlreicher Publikationen zum Mehrwertsteuerrecht und Referent bei MwSt-Seminaren.

Georg von Streit

Deutsche Post AG

is a lawyer and certified tax consultant with 20 years of experience. He has worked with Deutsche Post DHL since 2004 including time spent in Buenos Aires where he was responsible for indirect taxation for the business in Latin America. Georg is cur- rently located in Bonn advising on central functions and entities in Europe and Africa. Prior to this he worked in the indirect tax group of pwc. Georg is a regular speaker at tax conferences and the author of various publications.

Prof. Dr. Ben J. M. Terra

University of Amsterdam, University of Lund

studied international law at the University of Amsterdam and (indirect) taxation at the University of Leiden. Previous positions held include head of post-graduate training in VAT, customs and excises at the Ministry of Finance in the Hague, pro- fessor of law at the University of Leiden and head of the global indirect tax prac- tice of Ernst & Young. He has published numerous articles and books on indirect taxation and is also a consultant of the OECD, the European Commission and IMF. At present Ben is an indirect tax and European tax law lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and the Lund University in Sweden.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Englisch

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

studied law at the universities of Saarbrücken, Salamanca and Cologne. After completing his PhD and post-doc research at Köln University, he was appointed to a chair for tax law and public law at the University of Augsburg. Since 2010, he has held a chair for tax law and public law at Münster University and is also the university’s managing director of the Institute for Tax Law. He has published and lectured extensively on VAT topics. He is a founder and the general editor of the World Journal of VAT/GST Law.

Henk Wildeboer

Philips International BV – Head VAT/GST

started his career in 1985 as an auditor with the Dutch customs and exci- se. He then went on to become a VAT advisor with Ernst & Young and joined the tax group of Royal Philips Electronics as senior indirect tax advisor. Henk is now the head of the firm’s VAT/GST department and is responsible for indirect taxes worldwide. Until 2010, Henk was Chair of the VAT group Business Europe and has also chaired the BIAC-ICC VAT group in Paris. He was also one of the founders of the Technical Advisory Group that assists the OECD in the development of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines.

Prof. Patrick Wille

VAT Forum

was an official at the VAT Authority in Belgium from 1978 to 1983. He is a senior lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, guest professor at the Universiteit Gent and a professor at the Fiscale Hogeschool in Brussels and Groep T in Leuven. He founded VAT Forum CV, an international network of VAT and Customs specialists. Patrick regularly speaks on Belgian and European VAT topics at seminars and frequently publishes articles on VAT. He is a member of the editorial board of the International VAT Monitor and their Belgian correspondent.

Donato Raponi

European Commission – Head of Unit, VAT and other turnover taxes

joined the European Commission in 1980 and is currently head of the VAT unit. Donato has worked in the Budget, Internal Market and Taxation Directorates and has held various posts in the area of taxation policy. He holds a Masters degree in European tax law and a Bachelor degree in economics. He is professor of European tax law at ESSF and is co-author of the book “Arriva l’euro” (Carmenta Editor) as well as numerous articles on tax related matters.

Thorsten Lang

Hewlett Packard Europa Holding B.V. – Director Worldwide Transaction Taxes

is the Director of Worldwide Transaction Taxes (non US) for Hewlett Packard. He has a Masters degree in finance and is a certified tax consultant. Before joining HP Thorsten worked for the German tax authorities as a tax auditor. Three years ago he transitioned to his current position as head of the global VAT team. His role focuses on all VAT aspects with an emphasis on strategic decisions, risk management, the tax optimization of supply chains, cash flow management and multinational service deals.

Chris Needham

General Electric – Global VAT/GST Director

initially started as a VAT Inspector for HMRC in the UK and then worked for pwc where he established their first European VAT desk in New York in 1994. Chris has spent the last 17 years developing GE’s in-house Global VAT/GST team that now has more than 130 team members. In November 2011 the International Tax Review identified Chris as one of the “50 biggest influences in international tax”.

Mike Cunningham

HM Treasury

works on EU and international VAT issues at HM Treasury. He keeps a close eye on ongoing developments relating to the future of VAT in the EU. He also actively participates in the OECD VAT/GST Guidelines project as a member of the Technical Advisory Group. He has been working on VAT issues at HM Treasury since September 2004, coming across from (what was then) HM Customs and Excise, which he originally joined back in 1987.

Piet Battiau

(tbc) OECD – Head of the Consumption

Taxes Unit heads the Consumption Taxes Unit at the OECD which aims to provide gui- dance to governments on the application of VAT to cross-border trade. He began his career as a tax inspector for the Belgian Ministry of Finance befo- re moving on to KBC, a Brussels based international financial group. He was also Chairman of the Fiscal Committee of the European Banking Federation. He studied law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Ghent University and holds a law degree as well as a degree in tax science from the Fiscale Hogeschool in Brussels.

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