Director International Tax & Accounting Services, Cologne
Ursula started her international career with an antecedent company of Vistra Germany in March 2001. In July 2016 she became Director of the German Tax Team based in Cologne which is specialized on working for international clients supporting them with tax, accounting and payroll services in Germany.
In March 2001 Ursula started her career as tax and audit assistant with BVNT (a predecessor company of optegra – the latter one became part of Vistra in 2017). After passing her German tax advisor exam in March 2005, she became Manager International Tax and Accounting at optegra in 2008 and Senior Manager International Tax and Accounting in 2012.
Since the start of her career she works with international clients and looks with a strong tax focus after their accounting and payroll needs. She is a known specialist in the Cologne office for VAT, expat and withholding taxes but also cares for corporation tax, personal income tax and transfer pricing issues. Due to her international focus from start on, she is a central point of contact for cross-country inquiries to Germany and docking on new international clients. Ursula’s focus is always on finding practical solutions for her clients that fit best to their business and proceedings – ensuring that beside those the German tax requirements are met.
As Director International Tax & Acounting Services she is responsible for a team that assists international clients with payroll, accounting, management reporting and/or annual compliance matters including payment handling and related tax issues.
Ursula is a qualified German tax advisor and has a Diploma in business economics at Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln.
Her native language is German but she also speaks fluent English and has basics in French. In 2001 she passed a B2 level test for Business Spanish (Certificado Básico de Español de los Negocios).