Managing VAT/GST in rapid-growth markets

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Are you concerned about managing value added tax (VAT) and goods and services tax (GST) in rapid-growth markets?

What impact could tax reforms have on your plans?

Do you want to avoid unnecessary costs and risks while maximizing the opportunities available to your organization?

Our webcast explores the VAT and GST landscape and looks at how your organization can manage indirect taxes more effectively. We will consider the latest economic developments, their potential impact, and ways of operating more effectively.



Robert Smith

Ernst & Young, China

Robert Smith is the leader of the Ernst & Young Indirect Tax Practice for Asia Pacific. Based in Shanghai, he advises businesses on indirect tax matter, specifically, for businesses facing the changes brought by the Shanghai VAT Pilot which started from 1 January 2012.

He has a wide range of customs and international trade knowledge and familiarity dealing with customs issues throughout China and the AsiaPac region and has extensive practical experience assisting companies in China to manage the customs function and address/resolve issues directly with China Customs.

Robert has a master’s degree in Professional Accounting and a bachelor’s degree, both from Brigham Young University. He has passed the US CPA exam and previously worked with us as an auditor and applies his auditing knowledge and skills to the area of customs. He is a licensed US Customs Broker and formerly worked as a customs advisor in the US. He proficiently reads, writes and speaks Korean and can speak basic Mandarin.

Sérgio Fontenelle Marques

Ernst & Young, Terco

Sergio is senior member of Ernst & Young’s Brazilian Indirect Tax Practice and specializes in Customs & International Trade. He has accumulated more than 14 years of experience in tax and international trade, particularly as the head of General Motors South-American Customs Department.

His career is also focused on the mentoring of several subjects, such as “Trade Facilitation”, “Restructuring International Trade Departments”, “Customs & VAT Compliance” and capital projects.

Currently, Sergio is responsible for clients of Automotive, Energy, Oil & Gas Automotive and Governmental segments, coordinating advisory projects that involve customs procedures, special regimes, origin certifications, tariff code classifications, customs tax planning and indirect taxes.

After attending Electricity Engineering classes, he studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo holding a lawyer’s degree.

Dorota Pokrop

Ernst & Young Sp. z o.o.

Dorota is a member of our Indirect Tax practice in Warsaw with more than 10 years of experience in indirect tax. She is a well-respected VAT advisor, who is actively involved in coordinating and delivering tax advisory services to large corporations both in Poland and in other Central Eastern European countries as well. Her experience covers in particular high-profile indirect tax advisory and optimization projects.

Dorota graduated in Finance and Banking at the Warsaw University (2003). She is a certified tax advisor and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences. Dorota is also the co-author and editor of several books (including commentaries to the VAT Directive) and many articles on indirect tax topics.


Rendani Neluvhalani

Ernst & Young, China

Rendani is a Tax Partner with 18 years of international tax experience, having worked in London and Johannesburg. She led the South African and the Africa-sub Area international tax practice during the period 2006–2009. She has significant experience in the areas of cross border transaction structuring and financing, tax minimization strategies involving supply chain and intellectual property. Rendani serves multinational companies across a wide range of industries, including financial services, technology, and telecoms.

Rendani recently moved to Beijing, China to set up the Pan-Africa Tax Desk for the Asia Pacific region. She is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and has completed post graduate studies in tax and company law with both the University of Johannesburg and University of the Witwatersrand.


Gijsbert Bulk

Ernst & Young Belastingadviseurs LLP

Gijsbert is based in Amsterdam and is EY’s EMEIA Indirect Tax Leader with a focus on both national and international VAT and in particular telecommunications, electronic commerce, software products, computer hardware, immovable property, health sciences and banking, financial and insurance transactions. He has represented both the Tax Office and Ernst & Young many times in court, including the ECJ cases Levob, Horizon College, Ahold, A Oy and X BV.

Gijsbert is a graduate in tax law from Leiden University and was a VAT inspector from 1989 through 1995.