This week, we spoke to the Smeetskring in Associations Friday. The members of this study association are fiscalists in heart and soul. And, fiscalists boring? Think again! This - as they say - enthusiastic, driven and above all fun group of students organises various activities throughout the year. From the best career events to the monthly free drinks: you will find it here. Are you studying tax law? And would you like to know if this association is something for for you? Then read the article!
WHO ARE YOU, WHAT IS YOUR FUNCTION AT THE SMEETSKRING AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
"My name is Sammy Verpoort and this year I have the honour to be the chairman of the Tilburgse Fiscalisten Vereniging ''De Smeetskring''. In my role as chairman, I keep in touch with all the partners of De Smeetskring, the Fiscal Institute Tilburg and other external parties. In addition, I am responsible for implementing the policies of the daily full-time board."
WHAT IS THE SMEETSKRING?
"The Smeetskring is the study association for Fiscal Law, Fiscal Economics and International Business Taxation at Tilburg University. The Smeetskring was founded in 1969 and is named after Professor M.J.H. Smeets, who taught tax law at the university for many years. Our goal is to bring the 680 members of the Smeetskring in contact with each other, the business community and academia. We do this by organising formal and informal activities. In addition, every year the Smeetskring facilitates a free collection of laws, book discounts and exam training."
“ WHAT CHARACTERISES US? I THINK WE ARE A VERY PLEASANT ASSOCIATION WITH A LOT OF ENTHUSIASTIC AND DRIVEN MEMBERS. WE ARE KNOWN FOR THE FACT THAT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE AT THE SMEETSKRING ”
WHAT CHARACTERISES THE SMEETSKRING?
"As I mentioned before, De Smeetskring is the association for the tax student. This means that we mainly focus on tax law, of course. What characterises us? I think we are a very pleasant association with a lot of enthusiastic and driven members. We are known for the fact that everything is possible at the Smeetskring. We are able to work well together with the business community, which allows us to do incredibly cool things. Are tax specialists boring? Think again! Openness and hospitality are highly valued at De Smeetskring. There is always something to do in the boardroom of De Smeets: members can drop by to play a game of FIFA on the PS4 or compete against each other with a few rounds of Mario Kart."
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE SMEETSKRING LIKE?
"The Smeetskring has 680 members, of which about sixty are active in one of the 15 committees. These committees are managed by four board members, all of whom work full time and enthusiastically for the club. We do this from our spacious boardroom in the Esplanade."
WHAT CHARACTERISES AN AVERAGE MEMBER?
"An average member of De Smeetskring is enthusiastic, driven, social and, of course, has a passion for our beautiful profession: taxation. In addition, I think that De Smeetskring, and therefore its members, is a friendly club. We have the necessary chic events, but we are also very down to earth.
HOW ARE THE FORMAL AND INFORMAL ACTIVITIES?
"We organise four major formal events in a year. These are the Tax & Skills event, the Fiscal Congress, the Company Day and the Masterclass. These events provide the ideal opportunity to bring students into contact with the labour market. Companies give the workshops and we conclude each day with a three-course dinner. Beer and 'bitterballen' are a must at the free networking drinks of our formal events."
"The informal events are very different. Every month we have a free drink with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks for all members. In addition, we organise a fun activity once every fortnight and usually more often. This could be bubble football, a hockey tournament, an escape room, etc. The activities committee knows how to turn things around at the Smeetskring."In addition, I think that the Smeetskring, and with it its members, is a friendly club. We have some chic events, but are also just very down to earth."
“ AS TAX SPECIALISTS, WE LIKE MAKING MONEY, BUT IT IS ACTUALLY MORE FUN TO SPEND IT. ”
WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS IN A YEAR?
"The highlight of the year is the Tilburg Fiscal Company Day. During this day, 140 participating students get to know 18 tax organisations. They do this by means of company presentations, a three-course lunch, individual discussions, and a networking drink. Moreover, the study trip is always a recurring highlight. In the past three years, it was cancelled due to COVID, but next year we will go again to an exotic destination, as we have always done. The Garden Party is another informal highlight. Here we invite all members to raise one, two, three, or ten glasses of rosé to the past academic year. I will not beat the bush. As tax specialists, we love making money, but it's even more fun to spend it."
WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE SMEETSKRING?
"As mentioned earlier, our association has 15 committees, in which you can develop yourself. These vary in time pressure, but also in formality and informality. This is the ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow students better and to develop your soft skills. In addition, you will benefit from all the extras of being an active member. For example, you can join us on the Active Staff Weekend, activity at the end of the year and you will receive a thank-you gift! Of course, you can also develop yourself as a non-active member within the Smeetskring. You can do this, for example, by attending our formal events!"
Sammy gives the following tip: "Are you studying tax law, but not yet a member? Then sign up quickly at www.smeetskring.com."