Thomas Hoppe is a head of indirect taxation at Schwarz Group (Lidl/Kaufland). He is a co-host of TaxPunk podcast where he talks about makers and users of tax tech tools.

Listen to the podcast here!

In the podcast we discussed:

  • triathlon;
  • the book recommendation – Taxtopia by an anonymous Rebel Accountant;
  • TaxPunk video-podcast (in German) – with people who do and use tax tech;
  • – tax IT tools data base (300+ tax IT solutions listed, mostly related to VAT and other taxes, but also regarding, e.g., audit management);
  • what technologies tax authorities are using;
  • beer tasting and its link to characterisation of the podcast guest;
  • CBAM EU regulation IT solutions;
  • blockchain solutions in tax practice;
  • generative AI (ChatGPT);
  • WTS & PSP with a support by Schwarz Group are creating a safe environment where one may ask specific tax questions and get reliable answers without a risk of sensitive data made publicly available, hopefully available within the next months;
  • Taxpeditions to Taxonia, Vatistan (where VAT is a dominant type of tax and there is no cash in order to get rid of VAT fraud), Dutyland, Exciseland and GenAIsia, where Thomas in his articles (in a German magazine REthinking Tax) travels into the future and explores what the relations to taxpayers and tax authorities might look like; for example, will tax consultants be needed, if online real time tax reporting is implemented everywhere, is TP needed then?;
  • what is the most challenging part of working inhouse of a multinational company;
  • what is the advice of Thomas Hoppe to external tax advisors – what should they do to serve their clients better.