The European Fiscal Studies Foundation (EFS) is a partnership between the tax departments of the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Schools of Law and Economics.
EFS has been a leading education and research institute in the areas of international taxation and European taxation for over 25 years.
The work of EFS concentrates on the operation of both indirect taxes, covering VAT and customs duties, and direct taxes, focusing on individual taxation, corporate taxation and source taxation in an international and/or European context.
As well as regularly hosting academic symposia, conferences and lectures, EFS offers a wide range of post-master programmes.
On 27-29 September 2017 EFS will hold a top-level seminar on ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
This 3-day seminar (in English, with a maximum of 25 participants) will bring you fully up-to-date with all the important developments in your area of expertise. You and other top international indirect tax specialists will discuss the implications for VAT of a wide range of topical issues with the highly prestigious international speakers:
Prof. Ben Terra
Prof. Marie Lamensch
Prof. René van der Paardt
Click here for more information on the seminar.
EFS is proud to have been a co-sponsor and organiser of the 2nd International Seminar on Special Tax Zones, hosted by the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) and the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), at the Erasmus University Rotterdam campus on Tuesday, 11 April 2017.
Special Tax Zones (STZ) are areas where tax regulations are more attractive than the generally applicable tax systems in the surrounding jurisdiction or country. The seminar was attended by academics from 14 universities across 4 continents, including researchers from South America, China, Russia, South Africa and Europe. It formed part of IBFD’s ongoing research project seeking to counter the commonly held view that all preferential tax arrangements applying in geographical areas within a tax jurisdiction qualify as a tax haven or involve tax evasion or the like. The event contributed to the IBFD’s research project by addressing issues such as constitutional, tax treaty, business and other relationships with Special Tax Zones. As well as 8 key note speakers and 3 ‘trivia’ speakers, the seminar included panel sessions during which research members were able to share valuable comments and ideas with the audience.
On 2 February 2017 EFS held its annual indirect tax-related seminar, this year focusing on Brexit and its consequences for trade, VAT and customs. Speakers included the chairman Professor René van der Paardt (EFS/ESE/AKD), Professor Fabian Amtenbrink (ESL/College of Europe/EURO-CEFG), Professor Thierry Charon (HUB/Loyens & Loeff/VAT Club), Professor Walter de Wit (EFS/ESL/EY), Emeritus Professor Han Kogels (ESL), Marlon van Amersfoort (Shell), Werner Engelen (LEGO), Godfried Smit (EVO – Fenedex) and Huub Stringer (ABN AMRO).
We were very pleased by the high turnout at the seminar, the interesting talks by the main speakers, the inspiring panel discussion and debate and the good atmosphere.
You can find more information including a brief summary on the seminar and the hand-outs on this website, where you can also view photos taken during the event. A report of the seminar will shortly be published in Weekblad voor fiscaal recht (in Dutch) and in EC Tax Review (in English). We’ll keep you informed of the publication dates.
In the spring of 2017, 6-10 March and 12-16 June, EFS organises the next edition of the Dutch language programme on Direct Taxation.
The programme is held in two modules of one week each. The first module will examine the European and international tax implications for businesses, investors and cross-border employment. The second module will focus on base erosion and profit shifting by multinationals. Click here for more information about the Post-Master International and European Tax Law.
EFS will also be arranging various specialised tax courses over the coming months. Interested? You will find an overview of all our activities in the newsletter.
27 – 29 September 2017
Module 1, Monday 6 – Friday 10 March 2017
Module 2, Monday 12 – Friday 16 June 2017
Module 1, Monday 25 – Friday 29 September 2017
Module 2, Monday 6 – Friday 10 November 2017
September 2017 – November 2017, every Tuesday (14:00 – 21:00)