Blogs of Richard Cornelisse

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I advise multinational businesses in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their Indirect Tax Function and Tax Control Framework. I started my career as a manager at Arthur Andersen and then became a partner in EY where I led the indirect tax performance team for Netherlands and Belgium. I have over 20 years’ experience advising clients on international VAT issues. I am specialized in the tax aspects of financial transformations, shared service centre migration, and post merger integration work. 

I am also somewhat of a mentor, giving back to the profession. If you are interested in conversation and discussion, please feel free to contact me.


Performance advisory
  1. According to the Commission’s proposals, VAT will now be charged on cross-border trade between businesses. Currently, this type of trade is exempt from VAT, providing an easy loophole for unscrupulous companies to collect VAT and then vanish without remitting the money to the government.It will be simpler for companies that sell cross-border to deal with their […]
  2. The fierce debate on a fair distribution of tax revenues by governments has reached new heights. Tax shift due to risk allocation of transactions to low tax rate countries and even globalization itself are under political discussion. Protectionism is an important part of the strategic objectives of certain governments. Additionally, the discussion concerning BEPS and […]
  3. Tax authorities are besides optimizing traditional tax reporting systems increasingly implementing in addition electronic (almost) ‘real-time’ transaction reporting systems. It is expected that tax authorities due to technological innovations become increasingly better and faster in executing their tax audit. Complementary to the existing and more traditional tax reporting in countries like Austria, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, […]
  4. The critical conditions for success The importance of indirect tax has increased over the last couple of years. While the rates for direct tax, corporate income tax, are decreasing, the rates for indirect tax keep rising. At multinational companies we’re easily talking about amounts of over 5 billion euros of indirect tax flowing through the […]
  5. The Governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar (status unknown due to GCC politics/friction), Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that make up GCC – are committed to form a common framework for the introduction of value added tax (VAT) in the region. In order to achieve conformity within […]
  6. Many countries nowadays implement the BEPS recommendations such as the ‘master’ and ‘local’ file and the ‘Country-by-Country’ report. In general, this not only leads to an aggravation of Transfer Pricing (hereafter: TP) compliance activities, but also results in the potential discovery of errors that were previously undetectable. Indeed, TP processes are generally not (yet) automated […]
  7. In an increasing number of countries, laws and regulations are established that force companies to be transparent with regard to their handling of tax risks, (fiscal) risk management, risk appetite – also in relation to tax planning – and the way of dealing with tax authorities. This concerns the actual fiscal management, including the way […]
  8. A partnership is closed between the Key Group, SNI and the international operating SAP consultancy firm ‘ConVista Consulting’ with offices amongst others in Madrid and Barcelona. Key Group and SNI operate from Netherlands, Poland and Turkey. Who we are In order to establish synergies to support business SAP challenges of our clients we have setup […]
  9. The term materiality has many meanings and definitions. Boundaries of materiality are primarily determined based on personal estimations. This can be estimations by auditors, risk management departments, company directors, etc. The term materiality, used as a quantitative norm, then serves as an approval boundary. Evidently, the materiality used to determine the tax risk appetite of […]
  10. Tax moral is shifting. More often what is (still) legally allowed may not automatically be accepted by the public opinion. Reputational damage is imminent. Both on direct and indirect taxation the tax authorities have set their priorities. The tax authorities not only want to receive more tax data, but also faster and more often. In […]