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European VAT for U.S. Companies: Cost Management and Advanced Strategies

Webinar: ID# 1012855
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Tax pros and advisors must have a firm grasp of the higher level, most critical aspects of VAT. Our panel of veteran tax advisors will offer their experiences and best practices to help you avoid the most serious and costly VAT compliance mistakes.

You will learn strategies to optimize your company's VAT position, anticipate potential VAT risks and opportunities within your company's operations and billing/accounting systems, and understand the true cost and VAT laws.

European VAT is a dizzying mix of rates with a huge number of variations and special cases across its 27 countries. The pitfalls are many and often trip up even experienced tax professionals.

Listen as our panel of seasoned transactional tax advisors explores critical concepts you need to strategically steer your company clear of VAT and use tax compliance pitfalls.


I. Basics of the tax base
II. Key VAT compliance issues for U.S. taxpayers
III. Remedies for European VAT mistakes
IV. Exemptions and reclaiming VAT
V. Latest regulatory and rate-making developments with VAT


The panel will address these and other key VAT issues:

  • VAT applicability: Whether companies qualify for a VAT refund and/or need to register.
  • The areas of highest risk related to European VAT.
  • The most critical VAT-related mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Techniques for optimizing your VAT position.
  • Effective remedies for the most common after-the-fact mistakes.

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Upon completing this seminar, you will have a strong grasp of several advanced strategies related to value-added tax as applied particularly to U.S. companies buying goods and services in the European Union.


Britta Eriksson, President and CEO, Euro VAT Refund, Culver City, CA

Her consulting clients on VAT matters include Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Commerce Department, Revenue Canada agency, and European embassies and trade offices in the U.S.

Mark Houtzager, Principal, US VAT, New York, NY

He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience working with U.S. companies on transactional tax compliance and planning for their foreign operations. He previously worked in Europe and Asia for a Big Four firm and is a frequent writer and speaker on VAT topics.

Credits Available

This program has been approved for 2.0 CPE hours through Strafford Publications. CPE Credit is available only for the LIVE webcast. Recorded versions do not qualify for credit.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.


To obtain CPE credit, attendees must participate in the live event, return an Official Record of Attendance to Strafford affirming their participation (including the CPE code announced during the program), and pay a processing fee of $35 per person.

Credit Confirmation

Strafford will mail a certificate of credit within approximately 2 weeks of receiving an attendee's completed Official Record of Attendance—provided all required conditions have been satisfied.


Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you 1 day prior to the event via email from the presenter. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

If you order a recorded version of the webinar, CD's will be mailed out approximately 10 days after the live event. Shipping is included in the price of recorded versions.

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