Robert S. Smith

Ernst & Young (EY)

EY Americas VAT and US Global Trade Leader

Robert S. Smith is EY Americas VAT and US Global Trade Leader at Ernst & Young (EY). He has been with EY for 17 years and built the China indirect tax practices into a team of over 90 people that includes former officials, lawyers, accountants and industry experienced professionals.

In addition to a wide range of Value-Added Tax (VAT/ Goods and Services Tax (GST) experience, Mr. Smith has customs and global trade knowledge dealing with indirect tax issues around the world. He also has experience in global trade cost-savings initiatives, VAT risk management, indirect tax processes, compliance, and many other areas. 

Recognized as a leader in indirect taxes, he is a frequent speaker at conferences on global VAT and customs issues, has written numerous thought-leadership reports, and has led many global webcasts around the topics of VAT/GST and global trade. He spearheads the development of many new service offerings to help his clients, including China Customs training, a VAT diagnostics tool, a China VAT compliance tool, and “VAT School” educational services to raise the level of awareness and technical knowledge among his clients responsible for managing indirect taxes.

Across the Asia-Pacific region, he has worked closely with Tax and Customs Authorities on VAT/GST and customs policy developments. He developed and provided technical trainings presented to Customs Authorities in various countries to increase awareness of the difficult commercial issues faced by businesses operating in Asia-Pacific.

He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in professional accounting from Brigham Young University.