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Course module: 695527-M-6
Tax and Technology (VU)
Course info
Course module695527-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; TLS: Department of Tax Law; Tax Law;
Is part of
M Tax Law
M Tax Economics
M International Business Taxation: Economics
M International Business Taxation: Law
prof. dr. A.H. Bomer
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksYou also need to register for this course via this link.
Registration openfrom 24/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
To acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the technological aspects, including compliance issues, in the field of taxation. The focus is on data collection and its applications, Enterprise Systems and automation of law. At the end of the course the students should be able to thoroughly analyze and interpret juridical literature and other pieces of relevant legal information and its sources in the area of technology and taxes.
The students are also expected be able to apply this knowledge in complex tax cases, put critical questions about its context and to offer creative solutions.

Final attainment level
  • Acquisition of in-depth knowledge and understanding of the technological aspects that are involved in compliance issues in the field of taxation;
  • Insight into the relationship and connection between technology and taxes;
  • The ability to thoroughly analyze and interpret legal literature and other pieces of relevant information from different sources in the area of technology and taxation;
  • The ability to apply knowledge of Tax & Technology in complex cases:
    • a) The ability to put critical questions about it;
    • b) The ability to offer creative solutions for complex problems
Registration for this course via this link.
A. This course is related to the Tax & Technology II course at Tilburg University. In this course, however, other subjects are covered and this course can be taken separately from the course at Tilburg University (see C).
B. Tax & Technology is relatively new subject which focuses on the role of technology in the area of tax law.
It is a worldwide trend that tax authorities increasingly use technology to promote compliance. An emphasis is laid upon collecting and managing (big) tax data in order to insure a correct tax payment and detection of fraud. This trend goes hand in hand with further digitalization of information exchange between tax authorities and taxpayers. Industry and business communities also use technology to optimize tax processes and to comply with reporting obligations. This course pays attention to the fiscal and technological aspects that play a role in this process. However, the course does not aim to solely focus on compliance issues but will cover and investigate new possibilities in validation of a broader use of technology in taxation. Also, the inherent risks and disadvantages of the new technological approach are to be discussed. The purpose of the new course is therefore to form a multilateral insight into the processes behind technological approach.
With regard to compliance and tax audits the recent studies conducted by OECD demonstrate an increasing role of technology for fiscal services, taxpayers and tax authorities.
C. The following topics will be discussed in this course:
  • Possibilities and restrictions of technology usages in tax.
  • Risk management and process standardization through systems.
  • Basic programming languages for tax purposes
  • Enterprise resource systems (SAP) and tax.
  • Tax data collection and processing.
  • Standards for data reporting and programming.
  • Tax data exchange and reporting (country by country reporting, standard audit file for tax, mini one stop shop data).
  • Data analytics.
  • Monitoring tax data quality.
  • Application of data analysis to taxpayer data.
  • Digital fraud.
  • Artificial Intelligence: application to financial data.
Contact person
prof. dr. A.H. Bomer
Timetable information
Tax and Technology (VU)
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