Genuinely adding value to benefit the customer base: this is precisely what makes Sofie tick as a tax consultant at Koppel Services. In addition to formulating the best possible tax advice to suit the specific needs and wants of each of the clients to whom she caters, she is a dab hand at dealing with tax returns in all shapes and sizes.
“In my previous job I was an accounting consultant for companies in the small business segment of the market. The gratification I experience from gaining more in-depth knowledge and the importance I attach to non-stop learning and continuous personal development made me realise after 3.5 years that the time had come to start looking for a new job. I already knew Nico Koppel, to whom I had regularly referred people who had come to me with complex tax questions. During my first interview with Nico and Stan, I inquired into the distinguishing features of Koppel’s clientele and had it confirmed that the Koppel client base is highly diverse, ranging as it does from private individuals to major companies. The interview took place in a very relaxed atmosphere. A follow-up interview with Bas followed, after which I was invited to report for work as soon as I had served my notice period.
“Stan and Nico have made it so easy for me to settle in. The expert teacher I had been looking for is exactly what I have found in Nico, who is my mentor in the consultancy field and who as a vastly experienced professional also has a talent for explaining things in a calm and composed manner. This makes learning so much easier than it would be if I only had trade journals and books to turn to. Inheritance tax is a particular favourite of mine because it boasts all the characteristics of a proper brain teaser: figure out the right approach and you will achieve an improved rate of return, and add genuine value, for your client.
“I live in the East of Amsterdam, from where it takes me 11 minutes to cycle to work. Coffee bars are among my favourite establishments. I am currently learning to sail, and I am studying Chinese. It’s important to me that I should learn about areas I find interesting in their own right, without their having anything to do with work. I’d love to visit China and talk to the local people in their own language, but I’m afraid my Standard Chinese proficiency is not quite there yet.”