Tax & technology

Taking tax to the next level
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Preparing for the future

The rise of legal technology is rapidly changing the way we approach tax law. This course seeks to explore the current technological trends as well as the tax-related transformations they may bring. With this course, we hope to prepare the future generation of tax lawyers for the legal technology era by bridging the gap between tax and technology.

Data warehousing

Public data legislation

Big data

Infrastructure and architecture


Tax administration

Implications of fraud detection

Cross border applications

Taxpayer analysis

Data ethics and security

Information asymmetry

Automation of law

Artificial Intelligence


Robotic Process Automation


Data management

Tax data sources

Bookkeeping and tax in financial systems

ERP vendors

Tax integration and reporting in ERP

Tax modules and configurations

data exchange & reporting

Implications of dirty data

Data quality and standardization

Webservices and API's

Standards for data reporting

Risks & responsibilities

Data analytics

Privacy & data security

Legal EU framework and concepts


Charter of the fundamental EU rights

ECJ case law

Tax & Technology Post-master

Tax & Technology post-master has an intensive 2-day programme consisting of 5 modules including hands-on programming lessons, technical expert Q&A sessions, ERP breakdowns and artificial intelligence deep-dives. All from a tax perspective.

(Max 20 participants - Master's degree in tax required)
Price: EUR 2.500 per person
Date: June 6, 9:00 - 20:00 (including diner) & June 7, 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Module 1: Programming

Module 2: Data

Module 3: ERP

Module 4: Artificial Intelligence theory

Module 5: Artificial Intelligence practice
Speakers: Albert Bomer, Laura Plummer, Roderick Lucas & Marc Derksen
Tax & Technology I & II
Tax & Technology is a 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. Beyond the current and near-term technologies are core academic and philosophical questions that will have increasing import as machines gain in sophistication and capability. These inherent risks and (dis)advantages of the new technological approach are to be discussed. All together, the purpose of the new course is therefore to form a multilateral insight into the processes behind technological approach.

Tax & Technology is split into two 7-week courses, Tax & Technology I and Tax & Technology II and will be cross listed between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Tax & Technology I) and Tilburg University (Tax & Technology II).

Courses will consist of 1,5 hours lectures, followed by 1,5 hours tutorials. Tax & Technology I will commence on Friday, September 7, 2018 (10.30 - 14.30) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Tax & Technology II will commence on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (10.45 - 13.30) at the Tilburg University and will take 7 consecutive weeks.
Tax & Technology I
Key concepts


Introduction I

Possibilities and restrictions of Technology usages in Tax

Programming 101

Various programming languages


Tax data collection and processing

Tax Data sources; Bookkeeping and tax in financial systems: ERP Vendors

Data Management I

Data types; storage types; logging; history capture


Tax data collection and processing

Tax integration and reporting in ERP; Reporting; Tax modules; Tax Codes

Data Management II

Modules; configuration


Taxpayer's perspective: Data Exchange and Reporting I

Implications of dirty data

Transactions: data quality and standardization

Data standards; OCR; Data quality frameworks


Taxpayer's perspective: Data Exchange and Reporting II

Standards for data reporting; Designging reporting processes; Legal framework and concepts;

Data exchange and reporting

Webservices; API's; Reporting software


Taxpayer's perspective: Data Exchange and Reporting III

Application of data analyses to taxpayer data

Data Analytics

Aggregated data; non-aggregated data; data analytics tools


Tax Administration's Perspective: Data Collection and its application

Implications of fraud detection; Impact on information asymmetry for tax purposes; Taxpayer analysis; data ethics and security

Data security

Digital fraud

Tax & Technology II
Key concepts


Introduction II

Possibilities and restrictions of Technology usages
in Tax

Programming 102

 programming languages; Programming concepts; Hands-on session


Data warehousing

Public data legislation; Storing large quantities of
taxpayer data

Big data;

What is big data?
 Big data sources


Privacy &
 Data security

Ethics; Legal EU
 framework and concepts; GDPR

Tax data security

Processing tax


Privacy &
 Data security

Charter of the
 fundamental rights of the EU; ECJ case law


Data standards; OCR; Data quality Processing tax


Automation of law

Robotic process automation
 for tax processes; Blockchain; automation transaction/contracting


Blockchain theory


Automation of law

How ML can aid
 categorization processes in tax

Machine learning

Intro into A.I.;
 between analytics and A.I.;
 ML applied on (legal)
 Bag of Words


Automation of law

 Using A.I. for
 Tax related applications

Deep learning

Digital fraud