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. Door Richard H. Cornelisse en Edwin van Loon Gepubliceerd in Vakblad Tax Assurance Samenvatting De belastingmoraal verschuift. Steeds meer wordt iets wat wettelijk gezien mag, niet automatisch ook geaccepteerd door de publieke opinie. Reputatieschade dreigt. Belastingdiensten worden ook scherper, op zowel directe en indirecte belastingen. Ze willen vaker, sneller en meer gegevens zien. Daarnaast is […]
  2. We offer a new SAP add-on solution that creates automatically the VAT Smartform from SAP. When our SAF-T SAP add-on solution has been purchased this additional functionality will be managed under SAF-T cockpit as a different report. Companies selling across European Union borders have to submit EC Sales List (ESL). This should contain the details […]
  3. In Spain a new VAT reporting system will enter into force on the 1st of July 2017. The new Spanish requirements will have a huge impact on many (multi)nationals that run SAP as standard SAP will not provide an E2E solution. SAP add on for SII The SAP add-on is based on the selection of […]
  4. SII (“Suministro Inmediato de Información”) in Spain is about changing the current VAT management system which has been in place for 30 years, introducing a new bookkeeping system for VAT on the AEAT online system, by providing all billing records virtually immediately. The new Immediate Supply of Information accelerates the gap between recording or booking […]
  5. Tax authorities around the world want to receive more frequent and faster tax relevant data for e-audit purposes to analyse Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and VAT positions taken to combat VAT fraud and to determine whether actually a fair share is paid (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: ‘OECD’s BEPS’). More countries will therefore move to […]
  6.   A Tax Control Framework should not operate in silo, but has to be aligned to the company’s business control framework (BCF) and should cover more from a tax risk management perspective than only compliance and financial risks. There are various BCF models developed and therefore differences exist between companies. That same principle applies when […]
  7.  I truly love innovation. The sooner the better, but I consider all the stories about artificial intelligence and robotics still science fiction when this is discussed in connection to indirect tax. A critical condition for success would be that ERP systems supported by tax technology could actually present real-time all the company’s (intercompany) business transactions. […]
  8. Lets just assume that tax transparency and disclosure of tax risks to the tax authorities is mandatory in force in every country and that the effectiveness of a tax control framework should be proven. Are OECD’s Standard Audit File for Tax Purposes data requests (monthly and on request) – now rolled out in various European […]
  9. ‘Innovation’ and ‘Tax strategy’ have my interest. In the UK the Executive has to sign off the company’s tax strategy and publish. The strength of the UK approach is that the Executive has to take position and also has to keep its promise as a public statement is made. This legal change realises that it […]
  10. PwC has taken over the global tax function of GE (600 people): “We will also integrate GE’s tax technologies and end-to-end global processes into our own significant investments, allowing us to meet all of GE’s tax needs seamlessly. From compliance to deals to defense and controversies to sophisticated planning, our team will cover everything for […]