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Jean-Guillaume Benoit

Jean-Guillaume is a trade advisor in the Tax Practice Group of the Brussels office. He joined Baker McKenzie in January 2023 after 4 years of experience in a leading consulting and advisory firm.

In this session, we covered the expected implications for VAT audits going forward and gave an overview of the expected areas of focus. VAT and customs often go hand in hand, hence we also covered customs audits and investigations which are very complex and are often difficult to handle for groups due to limited compliance resources in this field. We also took this opportunity to touch upon the difficulties faced by companies regarding the different sanction packages adopted by the EU Commission and uncovered what a typical trade investigation looks like and what the focus areas are. Finally, we provided recommendations on how to best avoid an adverse outcome by implementing quality control and monitoring procedures.