Future of VAT: Digitalisation is here!


Future of VAT: Digitalisation is here!

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Digitalisation brings both opportunities and challenges to the economy.

It offers the opportunities for tax authorities to use Big Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence to fight against tax avoidance and fraud. Using new technologies also provides a more streamlined and efficient experience for taxpayers. Conversely, digitalised business models challenge the ability of tax authorities to protect their tax base. Taxpayers must find a way to deal with these challenges impacting the relationship between them and tax authorities.

This event looked at how certain tax authorities have risen to the challenges of digitalisation. Also, how businesses are affected by changes in the tax systems and tax authorities approach, and what they want to see in the tax systems of the future. European Commission’s representative took stock of EU-wide initiatives in this field.


  • 11:45 - 12:30

    Registration & Lunch

  • 12:30 - 12:35

    Opening & Welcome

    Paul Gisby, Accountancy Europe, Manager

  • 12:35 - 12:55

    EU Update

    David O'Sullivan, European Commission, DG TAXUD Policy Officer

  • 12:55 - 13:35

    What are the VAT challenges of a Digital Economy?

    Moderated by Ralph Korf, Accountancy Europe, Chair of the VAT Task Force

    Ivar Laur, Intelligence Department, Estonian Tax & Customs Board

    Ian Broadhurst, VAT International, HM Revenue & Customs

  • 13:35 - 14:15

    Impacts of the move to digitalisation

    Moderated by Ralph Korf, Accountancy Europe, Chair of the VAT Task Force

    Christine Weinzierl, Accountancy Europe, VAT Task Force member

    Gerhard Huemer, UEAPME, Director

    Alan Rhode, Ecommerce Europe, Tax and Customs Advisor