Partner, PwC Legal cvba
Ine is the partner responsible for building and leading the tax policy and tax litigation practice at PwC Legal.
Following her master in Law obtained at Ghent University (Ugent) cum laude (1984), she obtained a Degree in Taxation at the Fiscale Hogeschool (1986) with the Price for International Taxation.
Ine not only provides advice but also and especially litigation and dispute resolution services cross different taxes focusing on the EU and international law aspects (and the interaction with Belgian/National laws). Topics are broad ranging: dawn raids, data mining, exchange of information, anti-avoidance, protection of taxpayers by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, fraud investigations, missing trader fraud, fixed establishments, financial services, gaming Tax, refusal of VAT deduction, non-Tax remedies,...). She has assisted with tax disputes and procedures before national courts in Belgium ( Tax Courts, Constitutional Court, Supreme Court). She has been or is involved in litigations in other Member States (Italy, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia, Romania, the UK, Ireland and Lithuania) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (e.g. on issues such as fixed establishment, discount vouchers, transportation charged,...).
Ine assists clients in the context of tax audits and negotiates settlements with the administrative authorities including the special Tax Investigation Unit. She advises clients in developing a litigation strategy on the basis of national legislation, EU law and the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of the European Court of Human Rights.
Ine has successfully filed complaints with the European Commission resulting in infraction procedures and changes in national legislation in different countries resolving litigation cases.
Over a period of 30 years, Ine has built up extensive experience in (tax) policy services for private sector clients and private sector business groups/associations as well as for the European Commission (as the Global Relationship Partner at PwC for the EU Institutions and the expert responsible for more than 36 studies on taxation/VAT/customs and excise provided to DG TAXUD, the European Parliament and OLAF), Belgium (e.g. VAT grouping and other topics such as the feasiblity of SAF-T,...), other EU Member States and non-EU countries (UAE secondment for a 2-year project, the Gulf Cooperation Council, China and India).
She leverages her Network of Policy Contacts in Belgium within the administration and at government level and in other countries in order to resolve disputes amicable.
She has spoken at events organised by the OECD, the Tax Executive Institute (TEI), PwC, the European Commission, EU Member States (e.g. Fiscalis seminars), universities and various industry associations and conference organisers.
Ine was ‘Belgian Taxman 2009’ and was elected ‘5th Global Most Influential Tax Expert’ by Tax Business in 2006, while also being recognised as ‘1st Indirect Tax Expert’.
Ine is fluent in Dutch, English and French.
2014 – present
Partner, PwC Legal - Member of the Ghent Bar
2012 – 2014
Global Indirect Taxes Policy Leader and Partner in charge of Services to the European Institutions, PwC
2002 – 2012
Global Indirect Tax Leader, responsible for leading a global network of over 2,200 PwC experts based in 130 countries, PwC
Ine has published more than 20 books and more than 100 articles including the following: