Welcome to EFS, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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.


EFS Top-Level Seminar, 27-29 September 2017
‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’

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
Oscar Henkow
Prof. Marie Lamensch
Andrea Parolini
Thierry Charon
Prof. René van der Paardt

Click here for more information on the seminar.

EFS: Knowledge partner of IBFD’s 2nd International Tax Seminar on Special Tax Zones, 11 April 2017

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.

‘Brexit: Consequences for Trade, VAT and Customs’

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.

Post-Master in International and European Tax Law 2017

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 newsletter first quarter 2017

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.

EFS Top-Level Seminar 2017
‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’

3-Day Programme
27 – 29 September 2017

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Post-Master in International and European Tax Law 2017

Module 1, Monday 6 – Friday 10 March 2017
Module 2, Monday 12 – Friday 16 June 2017

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Post-Master in EU Customs Law 2017

Module 1, Monday 25 – Friday 29 September 2017
Module 2, Monday 6 – Friday 10 November 2017

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Post-Master Indirecte Belastingen 2017

September 2017 – November 2017, every Tuesday (14:00 – 21:00)

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Post-Master Indirecte Belastingen

Met de Nederlandstalige Post-Master Indirecte Belastingen (PMIB) biedt EFS hoogwaardig postacademisch onderwijs voor professionals die zich verder willen verbreden en verdiepen in de werking en toepassing van het Europese- en nationale recht in de omzetbelasting. De post-master bestaat uit wekelijkse middag- en avond bijeenkomsten (dinsdagen) in de periode van 5 september 2017 tot en met dinsdag 28 november 2017.
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Post-Master in EU Customs Law

EFS is the only institute to offer a post-master in EU customs law (PMC) in English. The programme introduces you to the Union Customs Code and provides detailed and up-to-date knowledge on general issues within EU customs law, as well as in-depth training in strategic and business issues in customs.
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Post-Master Internationaal & Europees Belastingrecht

Met de Post-Master Internationaal & Europees Belastingrecht biedt EFS hoogwaardig postacademisch onderwijs voor professionals aan die zich verder willen verbreden en verdiepen in de werking en toepassing van het international en Europese recht in de inkomsten, - dividend- en vennootschapsbelasting. De opleiding bestaat uit twee modules van ieder één week. Deze kunnen beide of ieder afzonderlijk worden gevolgd.
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