Dirk and his team have been involved in and conducted various tax planning and transfer pricing assignments, ranging from the preparation of European transfer pricing documentation (including functional and economic analyses and comparables searches), domestic and international transfer pricing audit defense to the negotiation of (uni-, bi- and multilateral) rulings and advance pricing arrangements (APAs). Dirk participated to the conclusion of the first Belgian multilateral APA. Another area of focus is intragroup financing, strategic transfer pricing planning and Tax Efficient Supply Chain Management (TESCM – e.g. agent/commissionaire-structures, contract or toll manufacturing arrangements, contract R&D arrangements, procurement centers, distribution and service centers, IP planning, entrepreneurs, etc.).
Dirk Van Stappen has excellent relations with the Belgian central tax and APA authorities and has been invited several times as counselor by the Transfer Pricing Team of the Belgian tax authorities.
Master in Applied Economic Sciences, University of Antwerp
Graduate in taxation from the “Fiscale Hogeschool” in Brussels
Certified tax adviser and member of the Belgian Institute for Accountants and Tax Advisers (IAB) and of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
Visiting professor at the University of Antwerp - Faculty Applied Economics (since 1996), currently teaching Tax Management at Master students