Tax Controversy

We are Stibbe Tax Controversy specialists

Supporting clients at all stages of a dispute, our experts bring a clear understanding of tax issues that can arise in controversies across many industries.

Tax Controversy

We work in close partnership with our clients to guide them through the complex challenges presented by tax controversies.

Our specialists handle all types of disputes with tax authorities both in court proceedings, in treaty-based arbitration and in the earlier stages of a conflict. As we recognise the benefits of resolving cases before litigation, we assist many clients with settlement negotiations, tax mediation and mutual agreement procedures. We have a keen awareness of the confidential nature of matters we deal with.

We handle all aspects of tax disputes including where third parties are being held liable for taxes, those involving international information exchange, fines, penalties, criminal tax law, and claims against the tax authorities in civil proceedings.

One of our unique specialisms is handling the tax aspects in civil litigation, for instance conflicts arising from the tax related clauses of share purchase agreements and other commercial contracts. In those matters we work in close cooperation with our corporate litigators.

In litigation, our experts have successfully represented our clients’ interests before all levels of the courts, including the European Court of Justice, the Belgian Constitutional Court, the Belgium’s Supreme Court (Hof van Cassatie/Cour de cassation) and the Netherlands Supreme Court (Hoge Raad).

Furthermore, should our clients be subject to investigations such as raids by the tax authorities, we provide decisive action and support.

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