Joost de Leeuw
The best thing about my profession is when a client
realizes what good tax advice can be worth.
In 2007, Joost began studying Law at the University of Amsterdam, having previously studied for his Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Language and Culture. Due to his wide variety of interests, Joost has successfully completed Master’s Degrees in both Criminal and Tax Law. In 2015, he completed his studies with a thesis on participation exemption. Joost is an aspiring member of the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingsadviseurs, which means that he closely follows the latest developments in (international) tax law. He also participates in seminars organized by various bodies, such as the Ministry for Finance, the Chamber of Commerce and the University of Lausanne.
After a short period as a journalist and translator, Joost has found his calling in the legal world. With business in his blood, he has always been attracted to entrepreneurship. During his studies, he was struck by the enormous inequality between the tax possibilities for multinationals and those for SMEs. He feels that this is too disruptive to the markets. Therefore, it is Joost’s ambition to make tax benefits accessible to all entrepreneurs. In this area, he is committed at both a policy and client level. After three years with DTS, Joost is currently working as tax manager and is, among other things, responsible for the Asia Desk.
“I find the best thing about my job being that moment when a client realizes just how valuable good tax advice can be. The difference between what a company pays in taxation before and after our advice is often much greater than the profit made through a reorganization or an advertising campaign. Thus, tax advice has also added value in a commercial sense and is indispensable in every business plan.”
As a tax consultant, Joost is never doing the same thing every day, because no client is the same. He advises companies and investors in diverse sectors and countries. Applying the innovation box prior to a tech start-up, for example, is completely different to giving transfer-pricing advice to a food importer, but both are nevertheless in the area of partnership taxation.