Germany’s Top Tax Advisors 2017
We are proud to announce that four German GGI members have been awarded Germany’s Top Tax Advisors 2017 by the famous German business newspaper, Handelsblatt.
Part of the Dieter von Holtzbrinck Media Group, Handelsblatt, which was established in 1946, is Germany’s leading business and financial newspaper. The award is coveted by many tax advisors for its esteemed reputation. Our members were recognised out of 1,400+ certified tax advisors, tax consulting companies and tax agents in Germany.
The multi-level online survey was conducted on behalf of the newspaper, which was carried out by the “Sozialwissenschaftliche Institut Schad” (S.W.I. FINANCE). Companies of all sizes were allowed to participate and awards were received by a large variety of firms.
There were a few different steps involved in the awarding process. Firstly, advisors had to fill out a questionnaire about the structure and technical focus of their company. Secondly, they had to answer technical tax questions on basic as well as expert tax topics related to the special technical tax focus they had indicated for their company. The survey was completed online, and allowed only 30 seconds per question to answer. This was implemented in order to avoid participants checking the answers online or asking other experts.
Other quality factors, such as the response time for answering an email request from a fictitious potential client and the employment of one or more specialist tax advisors, were also included in the evaluation.
Based on the survey results, the following German GGI member firms have been awarded Germany´s Top Tax Advisor 2017:
Benefitax GmbH, Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, is ranked among the 150 top tax advisors in Germany´s largest 30 cities. Benefitax is located in Frankfurt, one of the most competitive cities when it comes to tax advisory in Germany. Benefitax’s Managing Partner and Global Chairperson of GGI’s International Taxation Practice Group (ITPG), Oliver Biernat, says that “Benefitax is very proud to be among those companies that have been awarded. It was the first time that Benefitax participated in the event.” Luckily, the company had just launched a new website shortly before the survey was carried out and thus were able to demonstrate their national and cross-border tax and financial compliance expertise in a new format, including appearances in social media and films on the Benefitax YouTube channel.
Connex Steuer- und Wirtschaftsberatung GmbH, located in Leipzig, is among the top tax experts in the field of business succession. Detlef Bischoff, Executive Manager of Connex Steuer-und Wirtschaftsberatung, commented, “We are extremely proud of this award, which confirms the high quality of our consulting services, particularly as we were the only consulting partnership in Leipzig to receive an accolade within this specialised field.” Entrepreneurs are increasingly confronted with the problem of finding a suitable successor for their company. Tax-related aspects play a prominent role in the succession concept as substantial tax burdens for both the senior entrepreneur and his successor can develop within this process. Connex accompanies every stage of the company succession, particularly in daily business during advanced entrepreneurial processes and other aspects of reorientation, offering timely advice on advantages and disadvantages and familial consequences.
DITGES Partnerschaft mbB Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater has been identified as the top tax accounting firm in Bonn. Thomas Ditges, Managing Partner of DITGES, emphasised, “The award for our law firm acknowledges the expertise and the long-lasting work for our clients on a highest professional level, especially as we are a smaller-sized entity providing not only in tax advisory services, but also in all other relevant areas of commercial law.” DITGES is an expanding law and tax-consulting firm with a dynamic profile, held in high esteem by small- and medium-sized enterprises as well as by DAX-listed companies. The expertise of the partners and lawyers correspond accordingly. Internationally, one partner is admitted to the New York State Courts and the US Federal Courts. DITGES offers interdisciplinary, complex and one-stop solutions, not only focused on the court battles, but also on all methods of Dispute Resolution.
Kieffer Stübben + Partner mbB – Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft – located in Düsseldorf, was recognised as top accountants in the field of “international tax accountant, inheritance and donation.”
These awards show the excellence and expert knowledge of GGI member firms. Two of the major challenges of our profession that were mentioned by the award-winning companies were recruitment and digitalisation. It was interesting to see that large companies (over 90%) seem to have more difficulties in finding qualified staff than smaller companies (approx. 70%). Mechanisation and digitalisation was named as the second largest challenge by almost 70% of the participants, while mid-sized and larger companies identified this as a future success factor.
The complete ranking is available at: www.handelsblatt.com.
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