Matthew joined Fipra as a Special Adviser for Value Added Tax in February 2016 having worked in the VAT field since 1997.Prior to joining Fipra, Matthew was seconded to the VAT Unit in DGTAXUD at the European Commission where he played a leading role in the implementation of the VAT Mini-One-Stop-Shop (MOSS), wrote the Commission’s Guide to the MOSS and drove the improvements to the Electronic VAT Refund Scheme. Prior to his secondment Matthew worked in HM Treasury dealing with the UK’s anti-fraud negotiations, in particular their application for a reverse charge derogation. Before this he worked in the VAT International policy unit of HMRC, working on the negotiations for the recast of the VAT Directive during the UK’s Presidency. Prior to this, Matthew spent 7 years as a VAT inspector, specialising in MTIC fraud, contrived insolvency, and SMEs. Between the end of his secondment to the Commission in September 2013 and joining Fipra, Matthew took a career break to spend more time with his young family and to write a novel.