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UnscheduledIntroduction to European Value Added Tax

This course is designed to provide participants with a framework of the most important VAT principles and issues which anyone dealing with value added tax in the European Union is confronted with and needs to understand.


Please note: This course is currently not scheduled. The price, program and instructors’ details are taken from the previous course. They are included here for information purposes only and may be subject to change.


Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Course code:
Client offer:
20% discount for Global Tax Premier 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).
Introduction to European Value Added Tax

Overview and learning objectives

This course is designed to provide participants with a framework of the most important VAT principles and issues which anyone dealing with value added tax in the European Union is confronted with and needs to understand. The course will end each day with a case study to enable participants to gain confidence in applying the skills acquired during the course. 
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 value added tax advisers, government officials, in-house tax counsel, and general tax practitioners who need to acquire an understanding of value added tax within the European Union.
Course level and prerequisites
This is an introductory-level course. No advance preparation is required. Prior experience of VAT is desirable but not a prerequisite to satisfactorily participate in this course.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary. 

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. Should you have a question, please send it to

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 (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
  • Place and time of supply
  • Quiz
  • Deduction of input tax
  • Taxable amount - VAT rates
  • Exemptions
  • Immovable property
  • Imports and exports
  • Administrative obligations
  • Special schemes (including digital services)
  • Feedback and discussion
  • Intra-community trade
  • 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...
  • Jordi Sol
    Jordi Sol is an international indirect tax consultant. He provides tax advice on a wide range of domestic and international VAT matters. He is a regular speaker on VAT for IBFD International Tax...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Werner Engelen is a director at the LEGO Group, responsible for indirect tax and customs on a worldwide basis. In this capacity he closely follows legislative developments to ensure that any...
  • Zsolt Szatmári
    Zsolt Szatmári joined IBFD in 2017 and is currently a senior VAT specialist in the VAT Knowledge Group. He is the editor of the VAT in Europe and VAT Worldwide publications and is...