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Helena Schmidt, Deloitte Croatia, is a director in the tax department in Zagreb, Croatia.
She has more than 15 years of experience in tax advisory services, including corporate tax law, VAT, as well as other areas of Croatian and international tax practice. Helena joined Deloitte in 2003. She previously worked as a tax consultant at other Big 4 firms.
Helena has acted as an adviser in numerous acquisitions and restructurings as well as in outsourcing and cross-border supply chain projects. In her current role, she leads the indirect tax service line and business processing outsourcing department in Deloitte. Helena advises from medium-sized to large enterprises on various VAT matters such as improving the cash position, increasing of the ratio of input VAT deduction and tax planning. She is also working extensively on tax audit reviews ensuring clients can properly respond to the requests of the tax office.
Helena holds a degree in economics from the University of Zagreb, faculty of economics, and a EMBA degree from the Cotrugli Business School. Helena was a member of the VAT expert group at the European Commission where she represented the Croatian Association of Tax Experts.
She has actively participated as a speaker at seminars and conferences including the 2016 CFO Conference – Finance in a Digital World and Women's Entrepreneurship Day.
She has written many articles in newspapers and local tax specialised publications. In 2017, she was appointed as mentor by the women's magazine Zaposlena.
Helena is a member of the SheXO initiative, a project dedicated to women with exceptional results in the business environment.