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Barthold Bergman

Sr. Manager VAT Advisory

“A team of advisors is like a watch…”

“...every cog has its own role, and the watch will only work if each cog is in the right place. I have been working for Baker Tilly as a VAT specialist since November 2019. I primarily focus on the combination of, and interaction between, VAT advisory and VAT compliance.”

“My working life started in 1995 as a VAT advisor for EY, focusing on clients with international/cross-border activities. Aside from providing everyday VAT advice, I was frequently involved in both VAT compliance, and advisory services related to that compliance. An important part of my work concerned advisory services regarding various business/supply chain restructuring projects, and the subsequent implementation thereof.

From 2018 until the end of October 2019, I worked as in-house VAT advisor in the in-house Indirect Tax team of the LyondellBasell group (NYSE: LYB). Besides providing advice on VAT aspects of various business processes and projects (e.g. electronic invoicing and Brexit), I was involved in VAT modelling and VAT implementation of an extensive pan-European restructuring for one of the core sales entities.”

Previously worked on:

  • Restructuring pan-EU business model

  • Implementation of electronic invoicing

  • Designing internal control processes VAT

Work experience:

  • Senior Manager VAT & Customs Advisory (Baker Tilly, 2019 - present)
    -Working from: Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague

  • In-house tax advisor VAT (LyondellBasell, 2018 - 2019)

  • VAT advisor (Ernst & Young, 1995 - 2017)


  • Tax law (Leiden University, 1988 - 1993)

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