VAT Talks - Raul Zambrano & Vinicius Pimentel de Freitas

Introduction In this episode of VAT Talks we discuss VAT with Raul Zambrano (Director of Technical Assistance and Technology of the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations at CIAT) and Vinicius Pimentel de Freitas (Tax Auditor of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and Coordinator of the Brazilian Electronic Invoice programs). Both are experts regarding the various implementations of e-invoicing/real-time reporting in Latin America. Raul and Vinicius first of all emphasise that e-invoicing systems in Latin America “require sending information directly to the tax administration”.

VAT Talks - Andrea Parolini

In this episode of VAT Talks we meet with Andrea Parolini, member of the VAT Expert Group. Andrea has an enormous experience in the VAT world, being a professor at the Catholic University of Milan and legal and economic adviser to the Italian government between 2014 and 2016, when the Italian Sistema di Interscambio (SDI) was conceived. Join us to discover how real-time reporting was developed in Italy and learn about its results so far.

Two big lessons from summitto's VAT Talks regarding confidentiality

Confidentiality has a special place in our discussions with VAT experts. We are aware of the potential impact of ransomware attacks and data breaches on the economic activity of businesses and entire countries. This is why we developed a confidential real-time reporting solution. We have seen that tax administrations are starting to reduce the amount of data they collect. Nevertheless, this could get them into a very difficult situation as the less data collected the less useful the system becomes.

VAT Talks - Charles de Wet

We are honoured to have VAT expert Charles de Wet joining us on this episode of our VAT Talks. Charles has almost 30 years of experience in VAT across South Africa and Africa, which he gained in the South African Revenue Service, numerous positions within PwC and most recently at ENSafrica, Africa’s biggest law firm. We are excited to hear more about his fascination regarding VAT and being taken on a journey of his favourite experiences in three decades.

VAT Talks - Richard Asquith

We are honored to speak with Richard Asquith on this episode of our VAT Talks. He is an awarded VAT expert working as VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara and writes the daily Avalara global blog that is read by over 1 million readers per year. Richard entered the VAT world because he was promised a calm work life but since he entered 30 years ago, his work life has been everything but calm.

VAT Talks - Aleksandra Bal

Summary We are honoured that VAT expert Aleksandra Bal wanted to join us on this episode of VAT Talks. Aleksandra has years of experience in both the field of taxation and technology. Besides being fluent in multiple programming languages, she holds a PhD in International Taxation as well as other degrees. Luckily for us, she loves to share her knowledge! In the following Aleksandra first explains what she finds so interesting about VAT and that by now “technology is indispensable for the operation of any VAT system”, because it’s almost not possible to comply without using it.

VAT Talks - Branislav Kováč

Summary In this episode of VAT Talks we speak with Branislav Kovac. Branislav is a tax partner at VGD Slovakia, a Bratislava based advisory company. In the following Branislav will explain how Slovakia achieved to significantly decrease the VAT gap during the last few years. Nevertheless, he also points out that the VAT gap is still at 20%. Therefore, the Slovak government is planning to implement real-time reporting. Branislav argues that real-time reporting is a valuable tool to further reduce the VAT gap but it should not come with additional burdens for businesses.

VAT Talks - Piotr Arak

Summary Poland is one of the most innovative countries in the EU when it comes to closing the VAT gap. We are pleased to discuss Poland’s VAT landscape with Piotr Arak, Director of the Polish Economic Institute. He tells us that by implementing stricter measures, Poland was able to reduce its VAT gap from 24.7% in 2015 to 8% to 9% in 2020. During this time frame, it introduced a Split Payment scheme, a Single Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) and the technical system STIR that sends real-time data from businesses to tax authorities.

VAT Talks - Paul Gisby

Summary In this episode of VAT Talks we speak with Paul Gisby. Paul is Senior Manager at Accountancy Europe, a Brussels based organisation uniting 50 professional bodies that represent nearly 1 million accountants. We first discussed the benefits of digitalisation. Paul argues that although such a transition might come with short term cost, in the long term “paper based systems are obsolete, inefficient and not robust for the circumstances that we have experienced in the last year”.

VAT Talks - Peter Potters

In this episode of VAT Talks we speak with Peter Potters, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-owner of the Dutch bookkeeping software provider Informer. As Informer is one of the most innovative bookkeeping software providers in the Netherlands, Peter is the perfect person to discuss the latest industry developments with. In the following we discuss why Peter decided to join Informer after 20 years of working with Unilever, why there are still not many companies in the Netherlands that make use of e-invoicing and why we should be very careful when it comes to sharing data with governments.