Gottfried Schellmann
Subject Matter Expert

Professional Experience

Gottfried has instructed the tax authorities of Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. He was keynote speaker at a high level meeting of the European Union dealing with VAT issues. He has dealt with solutions for the following industries. Automotive (supply chain issues), Real Estate, Retail, Tourism, Aviation, Logistics, Financial Industry, including insurance, Services in the public sector etc.

Gottfried was on panels dealing with indirect taxation in all Member States except in Bulgaria and the Baltic Countries. Additionally, he has led conferences or was speaker in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, was two times speaker at AOTCA conferences (Seoul 2012, Hanoi 2013), in Russia, Argentina, India (1997).

He is a lecturer at the university for advanced sciences’, lecturing VAT base course and in the Master Program European VAT law in English. The Master Program is named as “tax management” and is a program of the Austrian Ministry of Finance. Additionally, he is also a lecturer at the University of Linz. He has contributed articles to several commentaries dealing with VAT and Customs law.

Gottfried has contributed to many tax periodicals and is one of the editors of lose leave (hard copy) + digital Commentary of Corporation Tax in Austria.

Other Positions Held

  • Employee in several Tax Advisory and Tax Audit Firms (1974 – 1982)

  • Fiscal Officer in Charge at the Chamber of Commerce of Lower Austria (1982 – 1985)

  • Tax Advisory Department of Peat Marwick, Munich (1986)

  • Secondment with Prior, Sherman & Flynn, New York (1988)

  • Partner of Schellmann & Partner, Austria (1989 – 1998)

  • Partner of KPMG; Chair of the Indirect Tax European technical group (1999 – 2008)

  • Partner of Müller & Schellmann Steuerberatungsgesellschaft m.b.H. (2009 - )

  • Cooperation with WTS Austria (2016 - )

Areas of Expertise

  • VAT - International Taxation
  • Customs Law
  • Direct Taxation

Industry Expertise

  • Automotive (supply chain issues)
  • Real Estate
  • Retail, Tourism
  • Aviation, Logistics
  • Financial Industry (including Insurance)
  • Public Sector Services


  • Graduated from the Vienna Law School
  • Admitted to the Chamber of the Austrian Tax Advisors

Professional Memberships & Certifications

  • Secretary of the Indirect Tax Committee of the IBA
  • Chair of the European VAT Club
  • Chair of the Indirect Tax Committee of the Confédération Fiscal Européenne (CFE)
  • Chair of the Fiscal Committee of CFE
  • Vice-President of the CFE
  • Member of the VAT Expert Group at the European Commission