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MSc Fiscal Economics

Course Description

Fiscale Economie is an ideal track for anyone with an interest in taxation as well as the economic and legal consequences of taxation. The track is taught partly in Dutch and is very much focused on tax and tax laws as they apply to the Netherlands. However, you will also cover topics such as European tax law more widely and these parts of the track will be taught in English. This track is thus aimed at Dutch students with an international focus or international students with a very high level of Dutch who intend to go on to work in tax in the Netherlands.

You will take a range of compulsory courses that give you an in-depth academic understanding of taxation, accountancy, corporate and value-added tax and other essential fiscal areas. You will also be able to choose elective courses that match your personal interests or career ambitions.

Top-quality education
Fiscale Economie is recognised for its quality by the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors (NOB). The track is also fortunate enough to have a distinguished advisory board of tax experts. This means that course materials are always up-to-date and that you can benefit from a network of guest lecturers working in the field.

Fiscale Economie is a 1-year, full-time programme and is taught in both Dutch and English. Graduates will a master's degree in Fiscale Economie.

Programme Information

Fiscale Economie is a challenging multi-disciplinary track that combines elements from taxation, economics and law. You will study relevant areas such as accountancy, finance, corporate and value-added tax, tax management and European tax law. As this track is taught in both English and Dutch, it is ideal for Dutch students or foreign students with a high level of Dutch who want to specialise and work in the specific tax environment of the Netherlands. The Fiscale Economie track aims to give you the tools to give strategic tax advice to senior managers, as well as to make sound tax decisions based on the knowledge you will gain.

What will you learn?
Fiscale Economie will stretch your intellectual and analytical abilities. You will analyse the economic effects of tax on the market behaviour of producers and consumers, thereby gaining a deep understanding of how tax works. Alongside this, you will explore strategic and creative solutions to tax problems and learn how to communicate these to management teams and tax lawyers.

At the end of the track, you will be able to:

• understand the implications of tax laws on an organisation’s tax strategy
• use quantitative methods as a basis for strategic tax decisions
• give tax advice on a senior level
• play a bridging role between accountants and tax lawyers

Career Prospects

As a graduate of Fiscale Economie you can look forward to a challenging but rewarding career, with plenty of opportunities for advancement. The demand for qualified fiscal economists outstrips supply, so your theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills will make you highly sought after by both large corporations and small tax consultancies. Typical job titles include tax advisor and tax inspector. You may also choose to pursue an academic career, for which your research skills will be invaluable.

Graduates have found positions in:

- tax consultancy firms
- financial institutions
- large Dutch companies
- government institutions, such as tax authorities
- academic research

Entry Requirements


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