Participate in post-master programmes (in Dutch and English) in international and European tax law, indirect taxation and EU customs law. Specially designed for tax specialists with at least several years of professional experience who want to increase their knowledge in both breadth and depth and to network with other professionals.

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Join the EFS bi-annual conferences (in February and October) to update your knowledge and network with other tax specialists from tax advisory services, multinationals, legal practice, the judiciary, government bodies, tax authorities and academia.

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Top-Level Seminar

Attend in-depth discussions with the most prestigious international speakers and other top international indirect tax specialists to ensure you are fully up-to-date with all the major developments in your field. In English and with a maximum of 25 participants.

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“I chose EFS because of the truly international audience, which allows a great debate between the participants both in and outside the course, and because of the high level of expertise of the teachers, coming not only from advisors but also from customs authorities and industry.”

Bart Caluwé

VAT Manager
HP International Sarl
Attended Post-Master in EU Customs Law

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 on the impact of international and European law on taxation and customs 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 conferences, EFS offers a wide range of post-master programmes and top-level seminars.

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EFS Seminar: ‘Jongleren met de dividendbelasting in de strijd tegen brievenbusmaatschappijen’


EFS was planning to hold its annual direct tax-related seminar on 16 October 2018. This was intended to focus on the Dutch government’s controversial plans to abolish dividend tax, the related plans targeting tax havens and shell companies, and other headlining issues.

When the government announced that it would be reconsidering these plans, EFS decided to postpone the seminar until further notice. We now expect the Ministry of Finance to publish new proposals on these subjects in 2019 and will reschedule the seminar as soon as more details of these plans are known.

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EFS Top-Level Seminar 2018 ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’


We are pleased to announce that ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’ 2018 is now fully booked.

If you would still like to attend this event or to participate in 2019 (more details to follow shortly), please sign the waiting list by emailing Ted Braakman, programme coordinator, at

From Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 September 2018 EFS will hold a top-level seminar (in English) on ‘EU VAT: Recent Developments and Outlook’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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EFS seminar ‘Action Plan on VAT: Towards a Single VAT Area?’

Thursday, 22 February 2018 | 13.30 – 18.30 | Erasmus University Rotterdam

On 22 February 2018 EFS held its annual indirect tax-related seminar, this year focusing on the recent proposals of the European Commission on its Action Plan for a Single VAT Area. Speakers/ Panel Members included the chairman Prof. Walter de Wit (EFS, Erasmus School of Law, EY), Prof. Gert-Jan van Norden (Tilburg University, KPMG Meijburg & Co), Prof. Marie Lamensch (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, KU Leuven and UCLouvain), Allard van Nes (Royal Friesland Campina) and Marcel Neggers (Customs Administration of the Netherlands). Prof. Ben Terra (University of Lund, Sweden, Universidade Catholica Lisbon, Portugal) joined the panel during the plenary discussion.

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Post-Master Indirecte Belastingen 2018

September 2018 – November 2018, every Tuesday (14:00 – 21:00)

The next EFS Post-Master in Indirect Taxes (in Dutch) starts on Tuesday, 4 September 2018.
The programme comprises weekly afternoon and evening sessions (completion date: 27
November 2018), focusing on day-to- day practice and covering all the latest issues in VAT,
including developments in tax liability, place of supply, taxable amount, deduction of input VAT
and more.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a global, top-100 research university, where ambitious students prepare for an excellent career.

Erasmus University Rotterdam is one the biggest universities in the Netherlands, with a student population of 23,000 and a research community of around 1,400.

On the lively and modern campus, students are constantly encouraged to develop their talents achieve their ambitions in international classrooms of more than 100 nationalities.

Its intensive, career-oriented and research-driven studies are matched by an excellent student life in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam. The university’s research is strongly focused on societal impact on health, wealth, governance and culture.