Christian Kapris CV

Professional Profile

About me

Senior Manager Indirect tax and technology at KPMG

I am a passionate specialist in Tax Technology who thrives on finding effective solutions for complex problems in challenging business environments.

I firmly believe that there are always solutions to be found, no matter how difficult the situation may seem. My true passion lies in helping clients implement data-driven tax automation solutions that not only reduce costs, but also unlock the full potential of their tax processes while maximizing the skills of their team members.

Tax plays a crucial role in every business, but often the connections between finance, supply chain, IT, and Tax are not optimized. This is where I come in. I excel at using data as a bridge to connect these teams, making the lives of Tax teams easier and more enjoyable.

By leveraging the power of data, I streamline tax-related tasks and enable better collaboration between departments. This allows businesses to make informed decisions, improve efficiencies, and uncover hidden opportunities.

And let's not forget

My studies

Master of International Business Administration (MBA) (thesis with distinction)

KUL University of Leuven, Belgium

• Principal subjects: Strategic management, Advanced corporate finance

• Master thesis: The Evolution of International Diversification in Equity Portfolios Management.

Bachelor of Business Administration

KUL University of Leuven, Belgium

• Principal subjects: General management, Corporate strategy, Financial policy.

Exchange studies: University Degli di Parma, Italy

• Principal subjects: Methods and modelling for financial markets, Corporate Banking and Finance, Economics and technique of decision making.

My work experience

Professional Summary:

Dynamic and experienced Global VAT Senior Manager Consultant with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results in the field of indirect taxation. Skilled in providing strategic advisory services, ensuring compliance with tax regulations, and implementing technology-driven solutions. Adept at managing complex projects, leading teams, and fostering client relationships. Extensive expertise in various industries, including service, automotive, petrol, commodities trading, agriculture, and energy. Committed to driving operational efficiency and optimizing tax processes to achieve business objectives.

Work Experience:

October 2022 – Present KPMG UK Indirect Tax Senior Manager | Technology, Data Transformation, Robotic Process Automation

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of technology-driven solutions for indirect tax processes, leveraging data transformation and robotic process automation techniques.

  • Provide strategic advisory services to clients in the technology sector, focusing on indirect tax planning, compliance, and risk management.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify process improvement opportunities and develop innovative solutions to enhance efficiency and accuracy in tax reporting.

  • Utilize data analytics tools and techniques to analyze large volumes of tax data, identify patterns, and extract actionable insights for clients.

  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies, industry trends, and regulatory changes related to indirect taxation, and provide guidance to clients on potential impacts and opportunities.

  • Foster client relationships, understand their business objectives, and deliver tailored solutions to meet their specific tax needs.

  • Lead and mentor a team of professionals, providing guidance and support to enhance their skills and knowledge in technology-driven tax processes.

February 2021 – September 2022 Koch Industries INC (UK) Global VAT Senior Manager Consultant | Advisory

Responsibilities:

  • In charge of the VAT advisory of the entities Infor (service sector), SRG (automotive), John Zinc (machineries related to petrol industry), Koch Supply and Trading (commodities trading), Relco (agriculture industry), Koch Methanol (petrol industry), Koch Agronomic services and energy solutions (commodities and energy industry), across the EMEA regions.

  • Provide comprehensive VAT analysis and advice to business directors and project owners, covering general contract agreement reviews, transaction VAT treatments, VAT risk assessments for new projects, VAT simplification setups, and system tax code reviews.

  • Manage the resources and budget related to the indirect tax matters linked to the entities that I am in charge of. This includes the fees for advisory queries from third parties.

  • Provide indirect tax internal trainings, advice, and changes to the supply chain, legislative changes, to different groups such as AP, AR, GL Accountants, procurement, etc.

  • Advise on the transaction flow and analyze the VAT impact and the feasibility of the transaction on the VAT point of view.

  • Review contracts per transactions to advise on the VAT impact.

  • Responsible for leading an extensive internal audit VAT review for a major entity of Koch Industries Group. The review is run over several years involving multiple stakeholders and reporting to the main leadership board.

  • Review and advise on accuracy of transaction logistic chain from VAT point of view for new commercial activities of the entities in my portfolio.

  • Own Indirect Tax compliance and reporting within the EMEA jurisdictions ensuring accurate and timely filing.

  • Manage the risk related to indirect tax audits, being the first line of contact with the Auditor, review the document provided and draft responses to the questions asked in due time.

  • Manage the cooperation with third-party indirect tax service providers.

  • Constantly improve indirect tax reporting efficiency and accuracy through process improvement and system assessments.

  • Work with the software development teams to deliver enhanced software solutions to improve efficiencies and improved customer service.

  • Review the configuration and test the tax engines (Infor XM10, Vertex, and OneSource) for several entities of the group.

  • Review and enhance the VAT preparation processes for different jurisdictions of the group to make it more efficient.

  • Review the invoicing process for several entities for the VAT impact.

  • Lead the health check/data cleansing initiative, setting up a data health check review.

  • Automate current preparation processes with Alteryx for several entities.

October 2019 – January 2021 Infor ltd (Birmingham, UK) Global VAT Senior Manager Consultant | Advisory

Responsibilities:

  • Document and provide risk analysis of the entities of the group by reviewing and updating the SAO UK risk Framework and setting in place a global risk and controls across all EMEA, APAC, and GCC entities.

  • Develop action plans and strategies to mitigate risks linked to VAT/GST.

  • Develop and ensure adequate VAT training is provided to all internal stakeholders.

  • Provide advice and guidance to finance and tax leaders across the organization.

  • Monitor and analyze major indirect tax regulation changes outside the US and advise on potential impacts for the entities in specific jurisdictions.

  • Review the VAT element of the settlement agreements and contracts.

  • Advise on the AP invoices and expenses for recovery and processing.

  • Own Indirect Tax compliance and reporting within the EMEA jurisdictions ensuring accurate and timely filing.

  • Created a new AP/AR checker across multiple jurisdictions, which is used to identify any errors in the transactions such as recoverabilities of VAT, VAT rates, place of supply, etc.

  • Seek to identify and implement process efficiencies and operational improvements.

  • Review and document the VAT compliance process per entities and per jurisdiction.

  • Manage the 8th and 13th directive refund claims.

  • Deal with VAT Audits from different jurisdictions and liaise with the related stakeholders and Tax administrations.

  • Assist in the testing of the tax engine (AR and AP systems) to reflect the VAT measures and changes whenever this occurs.

  • Automate internal processes by creating Alteryx workflows and reducing manual intervention.

January 2018 – October 2019 PWC (Birmingham, UK) Client Relation Manager, Global VAT Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Successfully set up a VAT compliance query team, leading to new business contributions and centralization of the services offered to the clients.

  • Managed the VAT compliance query team, providing VAT compliance advice, assisting with VAT audits, VAT penalty cancellations requests, Intrastat queries, customs queries, and cross-border transaction flow reviews for a FTSE 100 portfolio of clients.

  • Managed the VAT planning of clients, the supervision of VAT registrations, VAT deregistration, 8th and 13th directive claims.

  • Oversaw client relationships for over 10 clients registered in around 130 countries across more than 40 jurisdictions, including UAE and Saudi Arabia VAT review.

  • Updated clients on new VAT legislation and updates for EU & GCC countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE).

  • Reviewed clients' tax codes from different ERP systems (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, etc.) and ensured the appropriate process designs, including the correct business requirement for setup into PwC's internal solution for VAT.

  • Worked on various internal and external process and data improvements.

  • Participated in the draft of new clients' contracts and renewal of current clients' contracts.

  • Provided VAT training on local & EU VAT law and assistance to the VAT compliance team, individuals, and clients.

  • Certified VAT instructor (regularly sent on-site to clients to perform VAT trainings).

  • Led client face-to-face meetings and prospecting of new clients.

  • Managed client expectations.

  • Created a new system to manage and better identify cost efficiencies of out-of-contact queries.

  • Billing manager.

  • Performance manager and career coach – evaluation of junior staff work performance on a regular basis, setting career goals, and monitoring fulfillment.

April 2017 – December 2017 PwC (Birmingham, UK) VAT Compliance Review Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Conducted a thorough review of VAT returns and associated workings for various clients.

  • Identified and corrected discrepancies, errors, and potential risks in VAT returns.

  • Assisted clients in understanding and addressing compliance issues and recommended corrective actions.

  • Ensured timely and accurate submission of VAT returns to tax authorities.

  • Analyzed VAT data and provided insights and recommendations for process improvements.

  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to streamline VAT compliance processes.

  • Assisted in VAT registration and deregistration processes for clients.

  • Reviewed and assessed the impact of changes in VAT legislation on clients' operations.

  • Contributed to the development of standardized templates and tools for VAT compliance reviews.

  • Assisted with VAT audits and responded to queries from tax authorities.

    Jun 2016 – April 2017 PwC (Birmingham, UK) Assistant Manager Indirect Tax

    Responsibilities:

    • Advised and implemented a new operational structure within the VAT department.

    • Led the central cluster team, managing clients' returns over six countries (NL, BE, LU, FR, CH, AT) with a team of 8 to 10 members.

    • Managed and supported junior staff, providing guidance and mentorship.

    • Created and developed multiple VAT tools in Excel VBA, including a VAT time table, invoice checking system, and 8th and 13th Directives recovery analysis system.

    • Provided guidance to businesses across several European and overseas countries, promoting VAT awareness and ensuring compliance.

    • Ensured timely and accurate filing of monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, and/or yearly VAT returns.

    • Dealt with VAT liability minimization and compliance issues.

    Jun 2014 – Jun 2016 Accordance Technical Services Ltd (Brighton, UK) International VAT Compliance Account Manager

    Responsibilities:

    • Provided guidance and advice on VAT, Intrastat, and EC Sales compliance to businesses across several European countries.

    • Ensured implementation of best practices in VAT application and maximized efficiency in working and reporting systems to reduce VAT and duty liabilities.

    • Managed monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, and/or yearly VAT return filing processes.

    • Liaised with and managed working relationships with Tax Authorities and Customs during routine audits and ad hoc inquiries.

    • Dealt with VAT liability minimization and compliance issues.

    • Trained and supervised new team members on VAT compliance.

IT Skills

• Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft 365

• Microsoft Power app

• Microsoft Power Automate

• Advance SharePoint

• Alteryx advance user

• SQL

• Python

• Microsoft Project

• Power BI

• Tableau

• Vertex global VAT reporting

• Vertex Tax engine

• Avalara tax engine andTax reporting tool

• Onesource Tax reporting tool

• Citrix

• Smartstream ( Infor ERP system)

• PWC STARS for VAT

• Microsoft Office, SPSS, Lotus Notes, Outlook

• Excel advanced, (VBA, Pivot tables, Excel formulas etc)

• G Suite

Languages

• French Mother tongue
• English Fluent
• Dutch Proficient user
• Italian Proficient user

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