I’m back…

.. from a grand three weeks world tour: New York – Amsterdam – Singapore – Hong Kong – Amsterdam – New York. It was a very inspiring almost-all-business trip, and I hope that this tick bite on my arm that I acquired in Singapore’s Gardens At The Bay won’t turn into something worse.

Also, it was great to catch up with old and new friends in industry and Big 4. Jeez – some of them are about to retire. Then I must be getting old as well…

Look out for a couple of new posts on the VAT blog, as I have to catch up on three weeks of absence.

Image: the Saturday market in Leiden

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Good to be back in Singapore

I spent the past week in Singapore on client’s business – as some of you know, I lived here from 1999 – 2001. It was good to catch up with old and new friends!

Now on my way to Hong Kong and later this week on to Amsterdam.

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Travelin’ Man

I will be out of town for a while for client meetings. The first week of March in the Netherlands for an extended stopover on my way to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Back in Amsterdam on March 18 – back stateside on the 24th.

If you are in the Netherlands, Hong Kong or Singapore and want to catch up – please drop me a line at mark@us-vat.com and I will make it work.

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OT: Global connections

Some of you know that the guy behind the VAT Blog is actually a photographer in real life, and I wanted to share this powerful narration – a “behind the scenes” – of this year’s World Press Photo.

The image is about global migration, the need to stay connected with family and friends and how technology plays a role. And to this extent there is no difference if you live in Djibouti or Lakeville, CT.

John Stanmeyer About A Photograph from thinkTank Photo on Vimeo.

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Cancelled – Join us at Avalara Horizons 2014!

Not now, maybe next year…

If you are a sales tax specialist (or even a VAT person!) and you are interested in the taxation of online sales, please join me at the Avalara conference from April 30 to May 2 in Seattle.

I will proudly share the stage with Paula Borhauer, Starbucks’ director of global indirect tax, and we will speak about the global aspects of online sales. Our session is titled: “Geo-Cashing: Taxation in a Global Cloud Economy”.

Interestingly, Paula is an avid geo-cacher, and I wrote my graduation thesis about the subject 20 years ago. So that’s going to be a fun session that I look forward to! I think that we are also doing an extended Q&A afterwards.

Not that the other presenters are any less interesting: have a look at the lineup here: http://www.salestaxhorizons.com/agenda.

If you are interested, please sign up here: http://www.salestaxhorizons.com/ – if you sign up before February 28 you get a $100 discount.

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How to scope any VAT project

Over the past couple of weeks I have had more than a few calls where I needed to help a partner or a client with getting their arms around a major VAT-driven project. Global projects often seem overwhelming, and it is difficult to find an efficient starting point. The focus for all of these projects was on mapping the supply chain with a goal to either do (or re-do) an implementation, or get a better understanding of the global VAT footprint.

Establishing the VAT liability of the operations of a global organization is a big deal. I am a firm believer in following the mantra of The Six Sacred VAT Questions to work towards a reliable result:

Who sold What to Whom, When, Where and for How Much?

Keep that in mind when you use this rather coarse, but hopefully useful one-pager.

Download (PDF, 110KB)

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OT: Speedskating vs. Football

This is a fun interview with the outspoken coach of the Dutch speed-skating team. Enjoy!

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