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UnscheduledGlobal VAT

This four-day intermediate-level course on global VAT/GST offers participants the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the principles of VAT and GST around the globe. The course will also provide an analysis of the global VAT/GST issues in some specific areas, such as e-commerce and real estate investments, together with a discussion of the VAT/GST systems in the United States, India, China, Russia, Brazil and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. There are also dedicated sections focusing on the EU developments on VAT (“The EU Definitive VAT System”) and on the VAT/GST implications of cross-border supplies.


Please note: This course is not currently scheduled. The price, program and instructors are detailed as per the previous course for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
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Client offer:
20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be automatically applied for registrations received 60 days or more before the commencement of the course (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).
Global VAT
Overview and learning objectives 
The course will set out the basic principles of VAT/GST systems used by various developing countries and advanced economies including the definition of a taxable person, what constitutes a taxable supply for VAT/GST purposes and how a business can deduct the VAT it incurs. Throughout the course, a comparison between the VAT/GST systems, with examples from different jurisdictions worldwide, will be provided in order to compare and contrast different regimes.
Participants should, at the end of the course, be able to identify and understand the concepts of different VAT/GST jurisdictions and address the complex issues that can arise for international businesses conducting transactions between these jurisdictions.
This is an interactive course with a maximum of 32 participants. Participants will have access to relevant online collections on the IBFD Tax Research Platform for a period of two weeks. Presentations will be made available in electronic format.
Field of study
Who should attend?
The course is suitable for practitioners in tax advisory firms, tax specialists in commerce and industry, and government officials.
Course level and prerequisites
This is an intermediate-level course. Participants taking this course will be expected to have a good understanding of a VAT/GST system. The course is designed for tax professionals who want to learn more about complex issues and arrangements that are of particular interest to businesses operating in an international, cross-border context.
Interactive course - "Group Live"
To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a maximum of 32 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.

We invite you to send us in advance any technical, content-related questions you may have. During the course we will try to address your specific questions, but please note that this will depend on the amount of time available, the relevance of the questions and the order in which the questions are received.

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Disclaimer: The information provided during the course has been prepared solely for the instruction of course participants. This information is not intended to constitute advice on any particular matter.

Continuing Professional Education
Recommended NASBA CPE points for this course: 25.5 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.
Course fee and registration details
The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments. The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.


  • Introduction
  • Taxable persons
  • Goods and services
  • Taxable amount and VAT rates
  • Deduction of input tax
  • Cross-Border supplies of goods
  • Cross-Border supplies of services
  • VAT on immovable property investments
  • VAT on e-commerce – BEPS Action 1
  • The EU Definitive VAT System
  • GST in India
  • VAT in GCC Countries
  • Sales tax in the United States
  • Indirect taxes in Brazil
  • VAT in China
  • VAT in Russia
  • Case studies


  • Fabiola Annacondia
    Fabiola Annacondia is the Editor of IBFD’s International VAT Monitor journal and the EU VAT Compass book, as well as the Cluster Manager for the VAT courses offered by...
  • Svetlin Krastanov
    Dr Svetlin Krastanov is founder and owner of Tax Academy Ltd., a company specialized in tax consulting and training. He also established and developed the online Gulf VAT Academy delivering VAT...
  • Toon Beljaars works at Uber. He joined the company in 2015 as its first indirect tax specialist and is currently responsible for indirect taxes at Uber in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. He...
  • Bhavna Doshi
    Bhavna Doshi is an independent consultant specializing in the field of indirect taxation. She is a former partner of BSR & Co (a full member firm of KPMG in India), which she joined in 2000,...
  • Wilbert Nieuwenhuizen is a tax adviser specializing in VAT, a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, a part-time judge at the Court of Appeal and a widely published author on VAT...
  • Kevin Zhou
    Kevin Zhou is a Partner at Ernst & Young Shanghai with over 20 years of experience in the field of taxation. He serves clients in various industries, such as financial services, real estate,...
  • Vanessa Bacchin Cardo is Global Trade and Customs manager at Henkel in Amsterdam. She joined Henkel in October 2018. Before that, she was an Indirect Tax Manager at Unilever, responsible for the...
  • Marie Lamensch
    Marie Lamensch is a Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she obtained her PhD in 2014. She also teaches at the Universit...
  • Jordi Sol
    Jordi Sol is currently the Manager of the VAT Knowledge Group at IBFD and editor of the VAT in Europe publication and the ECJ VAT case law database. He participates regularly in cross-border...
  • Panos Thliveros is a VAT specialist in IBFD’s Knowledge Centre. He is responsible for the technical editing of the VAT in Europe and VAT Worldwide publications and participates in VAT-...
    John G. Rienstra is the Chief US Tax Lawyer for IBFD. He is involved in research projects on a great variety of topics, lectures on US and International Tax Law, and is author of several high-level...