The SAP VAT determination logic was developed during the 1980’s and, except for the “plants abroad” logic, SAP’s VAT determination logic has changed little. This is in stark contrast with the significant changes made to VAT rules and business models over the same period.

With the aim of creating new sales markets and achieving cost savings, business activities are spread all over the world. Cross-border chain transactions with third parties or within a company (inter-company transactions) have become the rule rather than the exception.

The above means that often practical solutions have to be found within the set-up of SAP regarding indirect tax.


Phenix Consulting possesses practical experience and understands SAP's possibilities, but also its limitations and thus the capability to free up resources, reduce manual activities and manage risks.


The following topics are covered in the course:

  • Developments in the technology market - this section will elaborate on developments and trends in the technology market that have an impact on the indirect tax function of organizations. Examples include changing business models, but also developments in the approach and processes followed by tax authorities.
  • Indirect tax functionality in SAP - learn about the opportunities that standard SAP offers to support the Indirect Tax process, but also addresses the limitations of standard SAP.
  • Practical work-arounds - discussing best practice work-arounds, but also risks and opportunities of these work-arounds on quality of the indirect tax process.
  • Tax software - overview of software solutions (tax engines) available in the market including their advantages and disadvantages.

The training is interactive. Sufficient time is allocated for answering specific questions and issues that you encounter in your organization.

Specific needs

We can imagine that you have specific wishes regarding the content of the training. This is something we can certainly offer. Our approach in that case is that we spend one day to conduct interviews and have a look into your SAP system to understand the current configuration.

Based on this analysis and consultation with you we develop a tailor made program. Such a tailor made program is optional via our 'in-depth session' or 'workshop'.

Our offerings

We offer the following models:

  • SAP VAT Basic Training - the key VAT concepts and functionalities of SAP and VAT will be discussed.
  • In-depth session – In addition after interviewing and understanding your own operating business models and the design and implementation of SAP your current issues will be discussed and recommendations provided how to come to improvements.
  • Workshop - the workshop will be completely focused on your 'As Is' and how to get to 'To Be'. We will provide insight in normative controls, practical workarounds and VAT tools available in the market (e.g. Vertex, OneSource, Meridian and Taxmarc). The latter includes the questions that should be raised during vendor selection.

For pricing please contact us.


Ferry Geertman
Managing Director - Phenix Consulting
Mobile: +31 6 8379 0414

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