Vienna Spring 2016


Dear IVA members, Dear Guests,

Following a number of requests from our members, this time the main topic of the conference was very much oriented towards the practical issues members are having to address on a daily basis, the solutions that can be found and shared and was around “Can you be VAT compliant in Europe?” – with a focus on VAT practical and technical topics.

Speakers at the Vienna Conference were representatives from the European Commission, Tax Administrations from different EU member states, as well as Business representatives and representatives from the VAT Science and our own members.

Thank you all for coming.


Time: 12th and 13th May 2016

The Vienna Conference started on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 13:00, and ended on Friday 13th May 2016 at 16:00.


The Conference took place in the Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria.

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Hietzinger Hauptstr. 10-14
1130 Vienna



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Conceição Gamito - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Conceição Gamito

Conceição heads the Indirect Tax team at Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA). She is arbitrator for tax matters (certified by the Portuguese Ministry of Justice), Portuguese correspondent for the online publication “VAT in Europe” (IBFD) and Partner of VAT Forum CV. She is the author of several publications, such as “Bitcoins & VAT”, “VAT on the transfer of business as a going concern” or the Portuguese chapter of “European VAT Handbook”, among others, and she regularly lectures at national and international VAT events.

Conceição is recommended as a leading Indirect Tax lawyer and Tax Controversy lawyer in International Tax Review, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Tax Directors Handbook and Best Lawyers.

Cyrille Conter - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Cyrille Conter

Graduated from HEC in 1997 with a specialisation in Finances, Cyrille Konter started his career in Germany within various investment banks as structureur and seller of derivatives on action. In 2003, he returns to France to take over the business development of TEVEA International.


 Dermot Donegan - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Dermot Donegan

Dermot Donegan is head of VAT Policy and Legislation in the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. He is an Irish delegate at Council Working Party meetings and other Commission Groups. He chaired discussions at Council on the new 2015 Place of Supply rules for Telecomms, Broadcasting and eServices which were agreed during the Irish Presidency. He has worked in many roles within the Irish Tax Administration and spent 5 years in Africa as a Government adviser on GST and VAT.

 Diego Van Hove - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Diego Van Hove

After graduating in Accounting and Fiscal Law and getting a degree in Fiscal Sciences afterwards, Diego Van Hove started working in a small consultancy firm. He decided to focus more on tax in a multinational environment and joined Borealis in the Indirect Tax team, where he went from Compliance to group responsible for VAT. In 2011 he obtained the European VAT expert degree at VAT Forum. Currently advises people in-house on all topics related to VAT, follows up on tax laws, implements new tax structures and provides trainings.

Donato Raponi - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Donato Raponi

Mr. Donato Raponi joined the European Commission in 1980 and is currently Head of the VAT Unit. He worked in the Budget, Internal Market and Taxation Directorates. 

In the area of taxation policy he served in different posts, e.g. administrator, assistant to the Director, Deputy Head of the VAT Unit, Head of the Unit dealing with excise duties, environment, transport and energy duties and Head of tax administration and anti fiscal fraud Unit. 

Mr. Raponi holds a Masters degree in European Tax Law and a Bachelor in Economics. He is Co-Author of the book “Arriva l’euro” (Carmenta Editor) and several articles in tax matters. He is professor of European Tax Law at Ecole supérieure des sciences fiscales, Brussels, Belgium.

Sebastian Pfeiffer - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Dr. Sebastian Pfeiffer

Sebastian Pfeiffer works in the VAT unit of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance. Before that he was a research and teaching associate at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) where he still lectures. He is a delegate to the EU VAT Committee and author of books and articles in the field of VAT. He holds the Maurice Lauré Prize 2014 for his doctoral thesis.

Francesca Vitale - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Francesca Vitale

Francesca Vitale currently heads the International VAT Unit in the Central Directorate for Tax Regulations of the Italian Revenue Agency. The Unit, besides granting technical support to the drafting, implementation and interpretation of EU legislation on VAT and to other international initiatives in the field of VAT, deals with requests for rulings concerning the VAT treatment of intra-EU supplies. Francesca, who also acts as Italian contact point for the cross border ruling (CBR) project and for the legislative aspects of the implementation of the mini one stop shop (MOSS), has previously been an Italian delegate and Vice-Chair of the OECD’s Working Party 9 on Consumption Taxes.

 Geert Bogaert - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Geert Bogaert

Geert is a seasoned international VAT and VAT systems expert with over 20 years of mixed consulting and industry experience. He started his career as a VAT consultant at PwC Brussels (Coopers & Lybrand) in 1995. Having gained extensive experience in implementing PwC Belgium’s own SAP system, Geert has taken on an assignment to PwC Amsterdam in 1999 to help starting up a SAP VAT service offering there. In 2005, he was asked by Norske Skog, a Norwegian paper manufacturer, to take on the role of European VAT manager. Besides helping Norske Skog changing and standardizing its VAT business models and implementing these in a new global SAP system, Geert was also the founder of the tax compliance team embedded in the company’s shared services center in Belgium. End of 2010, Geert re-joined PwC and then KPMG to exclusively work for a couple of years on SAP and ERP related projects. In 2015, he was asked by Cargill to take on the position of EMEA VAT lead. Geert’s main focus is helping Cargill on its long SAP implementation journey as well as on its move to shared services. 

Jacek Buziewski - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Jacek Buziewski

Jacek Buziewski is a licensed tax advisor with an extensive experience on Polish VAT. He began his career more than 19 years ago at Ernst & Young, working in Poland and in the Netherlands. Currently working with Independent Tax Advisers in Warsaw.

Jacek deals with issues of indirect taxes, which include aspects of national transactions and international planning of tax effective supply chains. He worked for both small family businesses, small and large national entities as well as multinational corporations. He has extensive experience in cooperation with firms involved in the telecommunications, IT and transport. At present Jacek advises Polish as well as foreign entities in VAT matters, supervises VAT Compliance services for foreign entities registered for VAT in Poland and represents taxpayers in administrative proceedings.

He co-authored and for more than 10 years updates the publication on Polish VAT available under VAT in Europe issued in the form of electronic access by IBFD (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation).

 Jean-François Clocheau - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Jean-François Clocheau

Business IT specialist, now retired, Jean-François worked for over 25 years developing and running the public transport IT systems in Bordeaux, in particular he worked to implement and maintain the electronic payment systems now in use there. He has also worked in artificial intelligence.

Not being a VAT specialist he was nonetheless appalled by the scale and level of VAT fraud in both France and across the EU which lead him to search, very much on his own, for a solution to tackle carousel fraud. His searches lead him to develop a technical device based on a split banking payment solution - controlled by the tax administrations.

Last June, in France, the French Senate noticed his work and the DAGTVA was presented to the Senate's Financial Commission who particularly praised the quality of the device in its report on e-commerce published last year.

The DAGTVA solution is very much in line with the European Union's and OCED's taxation guidelines and clearly presents many advantages to advance the fight against VAT fraud.

 Jonathan Heath - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Jonathan Heath

Jonathan Heath has been the head of HMRC's VAT Central Liaison Office since April 2010. The CLO is responsible for VAT administrative cooperation with other Member States.

This covers VAT information exchanges with other EU administrations, aspects of the EU VAT Refund system (ensuring that the UK system handles outgoing claims correctly), and implementation of the Mini One Stop Shop system. Jonathan has been part of the EU working group that was formed in 2011 to look at issues around the implementation of the EU VAT Refund system, and has been involved in the development of the MOSS implementing legislation.

Jonathan is also the UK representative on the EU's Standing Committee for Administrative Cooperation (SCAC)

Marianna Engelsma - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Marianna Engelsma

Marianna Engelsma is an experienced Tax Automation Consultant with over 10 years of experience in the Indirect Tax Domain. She has worked with SAP, Vertex and TR OneSource products. She is experienced in translating the requirements from the business to scenarios for IT, playing a key role in the design of Tax determination and compliance logic with various customers and managing projects.  Marianna started her career at Deloitte and its predecessor Arthur Andersen and the International Indirect Department and worked there over 7 years.

Mark O'Riordan - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Mark O'Riordan

Mark O'Riordan is Chairman & Chief Executive in Meridian. Mark joined Meridian in 1998 and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive in October 2004. Prior to this he was Operations Manager at BBL Finance Ireland, an international merchant bank based in the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin. Since 1998, Mark has held a variety of executive positions within Meridian, namely Operations Director, Managing Director North America, Client Services Director EMEA and Director of Business Services, Mark also had responsibility for the Groups Treasury requirements during this time. 

Mark took over the position of Chairman and Chief Executive in 2004 having acquired a vast knowledge of the business and the company.

Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds an MBA from The Open University.

 Pedro Pestana - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Pedro Pestana

Pedro Pestana has 9 years of experience in European VAT compliance in London, Brussels and, for a shorter period, Singapore. His work experience spans most outsourcing VAT services for non-resident taxpayers such as VAT registrations, VAT returns, ECSL and Intrastat in all European countries. Pedro is currently working on the set up of a business to provide clients with a trusted outsourcing offering for all their VAT obligations in Europe.

Peter Geurten - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Peter Geurten 

Peter is working more than 40 years for the Dutch Custom and Tax-administration.
30 years as a custom officer and field inspector VAT.
Since 2005 Peter is VAT expert for the Dutch Custom and Tax Administration, working at the VAT office for foreign companies in Heerlen. His specialism is VAT Refund (Eu and non EU) Peter was also Key Expert for Croatia, during the period before and just after the membership of Croatia in the EU.

Rita de la Feria - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Prof. Rita de la Feria

Rita de la Feria is Professor of Law at Durham University, and Programme Director at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University. She received her law degree from the University of Lisbon, and did her PhD at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her research focus primarily on tax law issues and EU constitutional law, and has published widely on these areas, including four books, and over 40 articles and book chapters.

She is regularly invited to speak on tax issues at conferences and seminars around the world on these topics, presenting to academic and practitioner audiences, and providing training to the judiciary, and to tax administrations. Her work on tax policy and on prohibition of abuse of law is regularly cited by courts across Europe, including the EU Court of Justice, and has supported various policy documents emerging from the EU institutions and the IMF. She has been Adviser to the Portuguese Government on VAT Policy, and has given evidence before the UK House of Lords’ enquiry into taxing corporations.

 CA. Rajendra Kumar - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

CA. Rajendra Kumar

CA. Rajendra Kumar P is a commerce graduate, a chartered accountant in practice and a cost accountant. A Senior Partner of Sanjiv Shah & Associates, Chartered Accountants, Chennai, India, he is the head of Indirect Taxes. He is a co-opted member of the Indirect Taxes Committee of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi.  He is also the President of International Chamber of Indirect Tax Professionals, India. 

He is an acknowledged expert on GST and VAT.  Sharing his knowledge at Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Training Programmes and Lecture Meetings is his passion and has presented over 400 papers both in India and outside India.  He has handled training programmes in the area of Indirect Taxes for the officials of Government of India and State Governments in India.

Apart from professional pursuits, RK, as he is popularly known, enjoys singing, reading and collecting books, making friends, providing leadership and travelling.  A motivator par excellence, RK enjoys talking to students and delivers talks on Motivation and Career Guidance.

 Dr.Stefan Maunz - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Dr. Stefan Maunz

Dr. Stefan Maunz advises clients on all VAT matters and represents them in dealings with the tax authorities and before the tax courts, the German Federal Finance Court and the European Court of Justice. The majority of his clients consist of larger medium sized businesses, German corporate groups and foreign companies of all sizes. He regularly lectures on VAT topics at both the domestic and international level. A further important focus is advising on customs issues, in particular, those connected with import VAT.

Dr. Stefan Maunz is a visiting lecturer at the University of Munich and a member of various national and international VAT research groups and VAT clubs as well as a partner of VAT Forum C.V. He was recently appointed to the European VAT Expert Group and is also a member of the EU VAT Forum. Both groups have recently been established by the EU Commission.

Dr. Stefan Maunz is recommended as a leading taxation lawyer in Chambers, World Tax Handbook as well as the German JUVE-Handbook.

Stephen Dale - IVA Vienna Conference - May 2016

Stephen Dale

Stephen Dale is a partner in the Indirect Tax group and compliance services in PwC Société d’Avocats and has worked in French taxation for more than twenty years, having previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Stephen is a member (and former Chairman) of the FEE (Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens) Tax Policy Group and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales VAT Committee (and former Chairman). He represents the IVA on the Expert Group and is a member of the OECD’s Global VAT Forum.

He is a board member of the Association de la Pratique de la TVA européenne (APTE).

He is the author of several publications such as VAT Yearbook – Kluwer, VAT Guides – PwC, Articles – International Indirect Tax, BNA, journals and newspapers.


"The event organising was superb, the conference was excellent and I do hope to attend again at some stage in the future." 

Dermot Donegan, Irish Tax Administration


"Back from the International VAT Association (IVA) spring meeting in Vienna. Many thanks to everyone, particularly to Stephen Dale, and his team."

Prof. Rita de la Feria, University of Leeds


"Many thanks for an interesting and well organized conference last week!"

Andrea Adis, andrea adis Stuerberatung


“Congratulations for such a succesfull Meeting.”

Gerardo Nieto, Basham, Ringe y Correa

"The conference was really interesting and we had the opportunity to meet with VAT people from all around Europe."

Panos Thliveros, Unityfour


"Thanks for the great Conference last week. Very well organized and useful as always."

Pedro Pestana da Silva, Marosa


"It was a great conference."

Darren Aldrich, Fiscal Solutions


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