Master

International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation (Double Degree Programme)

Are you passionate about taxes?  Do you have a bachelor’s degree in financial law, economics, business administration, or a related field? And are you ready to take the next step in your career? Then you should consider doing the American specialisation of the master’s in International and European Tax Law. This one –year master’s programme is jointly offered by Maastricht University and the University of Aruba. It focusses on corporate taxation and international tax planning with particular reference to Europe and the Americas. You’ll combine legal and economic approaches with policy and practice, and you’ll gain insight into the interdependence of corporate structures, investment, cross-border employment and tax law. Upon graduation, you’ll find yourself in an enviable position. Thanks to their broad knowledge of financial and business matters, many of our graduates are highly in demand on the job market. And the international orientation of your degree will open up job opportunities in many different countries.

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Congratulations Jean-Marc Kock!

Jean-Marc Kock is one of the first students to complete the Master of Laws (LL.M.) study in International and European Tax Law at the University of Aruba and Maastricht. Before officially receiving his Master Degree he already landed a job at one of the biggest accounting firms of the world, PwC. In the picture you see PwC Partner Professor Roland Brandsma, Professor Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn, PwC Partner Hans Ruiter and Jean-Marc. We  congratulate Jean-Marc with his success!

Introduction

pauline

Bon dia,

Since I will be the new coordinator for the Double Degree Program in International and European Tax law, American Specialisation per August 1, I would like to introduce myself briefly.

My name is Pauline Veenendaal, I am 44 years old and married. I have been living on Aruba for a year and a half now and I like Aruba very much! Initially, we came here for my husband’s work. Luckily, I quickly found myself a job at PwC, where I still work during the mornings. I’m very glad I can join the team at the University of Aruba and Maastricht University as per August 1! I intend to be present at the University in the afternoons, where you can find me in the flex room.

I look forward to meeting the students of the DDP and my colleagues at the University of Aruba and Maastricht University and I’m sure we will be able to work well together!

Pauline Veenendaal

E-mail: Pauline.veenendaal[at]ua[dot]aw 

  • Taking the Double Degree Programme in International and European Tax Law has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
    Jean-Marc Kock, alumnus Double Degree Programme in International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation
  • If you’re looking for a happy work-life balance, Aruba is the perfect destination for you! I’m very lucky to have discovered this program and to have embarked on a career specialization that is challenging, interesting, and most importantly, growing, as the digital economy is expanding and testing traditional constructs of taxation. 
    Maggie Trzuskot, student of Double Degree Programme in International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation

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      Professor of the DDMP International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation - Aruba Ad. van Doesum wrote a description about the course GEUPCT:

      The course ‘Global and EU Perspectives on Consumption Taxes’ is very challenging and interesting. Students will have the opportunity to take on an in-depth study of a wide variety of consumption tax systems, as well as the theories and principles which are inherent to their design. As such, the course is not only a valuable instrument for tax professionals, working for consultancy or law firms, tax authorities, courts or other organizations dealing with taxes in practice, but also for policy makers. Based on last year, my experience is that the participating students are highly motivated, and willing to improve their understanding of consumption taxes in a group-oriented and cooperative manner. I truly enjoy teaching this course on Aruba!

      #course #taxlaw #internationaltaxlaw

      1 month 2 weeks ago
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      DDMP International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation - Aruba shared Sotto Voce Solutions - Aruba's video.

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      🔔 Last chance to register!

      Registration deadline: June 15th, 2018

      If you are interested in joining the Double Degree Programme, we would like to remind you that the registration deadline is June 15th, 2018!

      For registration you can visit the following website: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/node/337731/admission-registration.

      #taxation #internationaltaxlaw #europeantaxlaw

      1 month 3 weeks ago
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      Sandy van Thol has written about her experience with teaching the course ‘Comparative Dutch Caribbean and Latin American Tax Law’

      “Dear (potential) students,

      I teach part of the module Comparative Dutch Caribbean and Latin American Tax Law in the Double Degree Master Programme on International and European Tax Law at the University of Aruba. This is one of the first courses the DDP students will usually follow. With a variety in academic backgrounds, I aim to introduce you not only to the tax system in the Caribbean but also ensure a comparative approach to other jurisdictions worldwide. Once you understand the system, you can tackle tax law and become a truly international tax specialist!

      The differences and similarities make this first course particularly interesting. Not just the content of the course may be challenging, perhaps also the problem-based approach may differ from what you are used to. Transforming the classroom to say, the boardroom of a Big 4 firm and actually discussing the cases and picking each other’s brain make the group meetings interactive and the content stick. You will quickly develop your soft skills and your tax technique with this approach, which will not only prove its value during the academic year but also later on in the professional arena.

      The beaches, the different shades of blue and the swaying palm trees are fabulous but Aruba is also an island of development and import, fairly high tax rates, a population with a vast language skill set and is very much not a tax paradise. There are relatively quite some tax developments compared to similar Caribbean jurisdictions. Amongst the islands in the Dutch Caribbean, there are quite some differences and it is interesting to study the different tax systems. This module is exclusively taught in Aruba and is not provided in the curriculum of Maastricht University. It is truly a unique module with tutors from both the Caribbean and Latin America. I cordially invite you to register for this unique programme and hope to see you in the "boardroom", right here on the one happy island of Aruba.

      Sincerely,

      Sandy”
      #course #taxlaw #internationaltaxlaw

      3 months 4 weeks ago
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      Meet Ralitza on the information day!

      4 months 4 days ago
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      ℹ️🗓️ On Saturday, March 24th the University of Aruba is organizing an #InformationDay (from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM)

      At the Information Day in depth information will be provided about the academic programs, student organizations and university facilities & services.

      Do you wish to know more about the DDMP International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation - Aruba? We will be giving presentations about the study program.

      We welcome you to stop by and hope to see you there on Saturday, March 24th!

      Further information about the Information Day can be found via
      http://arcagency.net/information-day

      4 months 4 days ago
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      Besides classroom learning it is valuable that our students can gain practical experience in a professional working environment. 💡
      One of our students shared her experience of last week's company visit:

      "On March 7th we had the chance to experience a company visit at Deloitte Dutch Caribbean. We were informed by some of the members of the Deloitte team about the many service lines that they have to offer. Afterwards we got the chance to go over a few study cases with the junior tax manager. It was very interesting to see that in class we use a "roadmap" (step-by-step plan) before we answer a question, and at Deloitte they do the same thing before they advise their clients. The workshop at Deloitte definitely made an impression on me, especially because theory came together with practice."

      - Thayisa Farro (DDMP Student) 👨‍💼📚

      #Companyvisit #practice #Deloitte #taxation #Aruba
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      4 months 1 week ago
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      What can you pick up from the classes given at the DDMP International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation - Aruba? 🤔

      One of our students attended our masterclass and wrote about her experience:

      “Joining the double degree programme for me was not only about the theoretical knowledge which would come with it but also about the workshops given. This gives us the opportunity to apply our knowledge and get an insight in real world practice. One example is the workshop formal litigation part 1 given by Mrs. L.E. Gomez-Pieters, the director of the Aruban tax authority. In this workshop all aspects of the Aruban tax system and innovations which are planned were discussed. It gave us an insight in how things are
      organized and how the system works from ‘the other side’.”

      - Daphne van der Deure (DDMP Student) about the Masterclass 'Formal Tax Law' (February 21st, 2018) 👩‍🏫📚
      #masterclass #taxlaw #Aruba

      4 months 1 week ago
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      DDMP Company visit & Workshop Deloitte Dutch Caribbean

      On March 7th, 2018, our students will be visiting Deloitte. This visit will give them an exclusive opportunity to learn more about the firm and put their knowledge into practice when solving a case-study.
      on 7 March 2018

      #Knowledgesharing #Cooperation #FutureLabourMarket
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      4 months 2 weeks ago
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      Course providers Prof. dr. Ad van Doesum and Dr. Frank Nellen have written some background information about their course ‘Global and EU Perspectives on Consumption Taxes’ of the Double Degree Master Programme in International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation.

      “Consumption taxes, such as the Value Added Tax (‘VAT’) and the Goods and Services Tax (‘GST’), are an important, if not the most important, revenue-generating tax in most countries around the world. Due to an ongoing shift from direct to indirect taxes, the budgetary importance of such consumption taxes is only increasing over time. The result is that VAT/GST compliance and planning are eminent topics on the agenda of businesses, law firms, accountancy firms, tax authorities, policy makers and judiciaries.

      The course ‘Global and EU Perspectives on Consumption Taxes’ deals with the design and functioning of consumption taxes. It is centered around two primary elements.

      The first element focusses on the theory of consumption taxes: what are the main characteristics of consumption taxes, and what is the rationale behind these characteristics? Students will be challenged to develop a thorough understanding of the various possible forms of consumption taxes, their pros and cons as well as their manifestations in practice. Subsequently, this part of the course provides insight into the various (legal) principles underlying VAT/GST systems and explains what policy choices are inherent to the implementation and adaption of VAT/GST systems.

      The second element of the course consists of a comparative approach to consumption tax systems. Student will learn the conceptual differences between key elements of various VAT/GST systems. Taking the conventional EU VAT as a starting point, students will for example study how concepts such as ‘taxable persons’ and ‘taxable transactions’ are employed in other VAT/GST systems around the globe. What are the similarities and differences between the various approaches? What is the reason behind these similarities and differences? Can best practices be identified? The primary idea behind this comparative element is that students will apply their theoretical knowledge when discussing a variety of different consumption taxes.

      The course will be intense, challenging, but above all interesting and fun. We are completely aware that we ask much of the course participants. However, it is our experience that it is precisely this intensity which ultimately motivates students. We look forward to meeting the students!”

      Prof. Dr. Ad van Doesum and Dr. Frank Nellen
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      4 months 2 weeks ago
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      Planning on registering for the Double Degree Programme in International and European Tax Law?

      During the registration procedure you will, among other things, need to upload a certified copy of your diploma. In addition we also need you to send a certified copy of your diploma per post to our office.

      Hereby we would like to inform you that, instead of sending a copy per post, it is also possible to hand over a certified copy of your diploma to Mrs. Pauline Veenendaal-Grimm (Programme Coordinator of the Double Degree Programme) in Aruba. For information about this option, send an e-mail to pauline.veenendaal[at]ua[dot]aw.

      For more information about the registration procedure check the following link: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/master/master-international-and-european-tax-law-american-specialisation/admission-registration

      #course #taxlaw #internationaltaxlaw
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      4 months 2 weeks ago
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      Important information regarding TOEFL!

      4 months 3 weeks ago
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      Masterclass on litigation!

      #masterclass #litigation

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      5 months 5 days ago
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      Maggie Trzuskot, student of the DDMP International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation - Aruba has written a testimonial about her experience at the Double Degree Programme.

      “As a dual citizen of Poland and Canada, I find the (Double Degree) Master of Laws in International and European tax law program, American specialization, highly relevant to my prospective employment opportunities. The world is my oyster, after all!

      My interest in tax law stems from my first Master’s Degree. In completion of my Master of Public Administration Degree, I wrote my major research project for the Canada Revenue Agency. I compared tax ombudsman models and taxpayers’ rights in pursuit of good administration and governance. Since then, I’ve developed an increasing interest in tax evasion, tax policy development, and corporate tax law preferential regimes. So naturally, the Caribbean (being a well-known tax haven region) was the perfect destination to complete my LLM. Coming from a common- law jurisdiction, it has been very enlightening to learn about civil law systems, and how both the OECD and the EU influence and steer international tax law principles and rules for optimizing tax competition and fairness.

      Aruba is ‘One Happy Island’ too, so it's been a rewarding experience. It’s a nice break from the stressors and realities of city life. While it’s small, it’s sandy, sunny, and very Americanized. It feels like you’re right at home, just without the cold, snowy weather! It boasts a relaxing environment in which to study the complexities of international tax law. The locals are friendly and kind, and the program is structured well – you get periodic breaks and study periods to prepare for exams and assignments. Professors and tutors fly in from Europe and North America to provide their knowledge and wisdom, and lectures from the Netherlands are pre-recorded for your convenience. While the program is new and still in its genesis, I’ve received a quality education thus far... in paradise! Furthermore, the program takes you across borders, so it is truly an international program! I really enjoyed flying to Bonaire to write a final exam. Effectively, you’re able to travel! How many people can say they’ve travelled while completing an advanced degree? And on top of that, your friends and loved ones have an excuse to visit you!

      Further, while the University of Aruba campus is small, it’s very quaint, viridescent, and beautiful. It’s conveniently located downtown near shops, restaurants, and even some beaches! Similarly, the library is incomparable to what you may be used to back home, but the national public library of Aruba is a great place to study, aside from the beach, of course.

      If you’re looking for a happy work-life balance, Aruba is the perfect destination for you! I’m very lucky to have discovered this program and to have embarked on a career specialization that is challenging, interesting, and most importantly, growing, as the digital economy is expanding and testing traditional constructs of taxation.

      My thesis is also highly relevant to the region I am studying in. I’ve decided to focus on digital currencies and the Caribbean payments system landscape from an international tax law perspective. It’s a region that is typically under-researched and in need of representation! So, if you have a love for the Caribbean, or are interested in political reform, I highly recommend this new program offered by one of the top leading universities educating students in international tax law – Maastricht University! It's truly a neat, collaborative program that I trust will develop into a world- class, respected program.

      #testimonial #student #taxlaw #internationaltaxlaw

      5 months 1 week ago
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      Masterclass on Formal Tax Law!

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      5 months 2 weeks ago
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      9 months 3 weeks ago
    • First Graduate DDMP IETL, American Specialisation: Jean-Marc Kock!
      Congratulations from Maastricht University & University of Aruba to Jean-Marc Kock with his achievement: Double Degree LL.M in International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation. We wish him a lot of success with his new job at PwC Aruba and within DDMP International and European Tax Law, American Specialisation - Aruba

      10 months 1 day ago
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      Are you passionate about taxes? Are you also interested in financial law, economics, business administration and a related field? Then you should consider doing the American specialisation of the master’s in International and European Tax Law.

      This one –year double degree master’s programme is jointly offered by Maastricht University and the University of Aruba. It focuses on corporate taxation and international tax planning with particular reference to Europe and the Americas. You’ll combine legal and economic approaches with policy and practice, and you’ll gain insight into the interdependence of corporate structures, investment, transfer pricing, US Tax Law, cross-border employment and tax law. You will receive a master's degree from the University of Aruba and Maastricht University.

      Learn more at www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/law/aruba

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