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International Taxation Conference - 2018
Note: Confirmed: *

08.00 – 20.00 Registration
08.45 – 09.15 Opening Remarks: Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director,Foundation for International Taxation, India
09.15 – 09.45 Welcome: Belema Obuoforibo, Director of Knowledge Centre, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, Amsterdam
09.45 – 10.00 Break
Plenary Session:
Multilateral Instrument (MLI) under BEPS
Chairman Porus Kaka,* former President IFA Worldwide: 2012-17
10.00 – 10.30 Murray Clayson, President - International Fiscal Association - Worldwide
Special Address (Video Recording)
10.30 – 11.30 "Klaus Vogel" Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans, * Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Paris (Keynote Speech and Questions)
Topic: MLI and BEPS in Action: Challenges and Opportunities and Legal Issues
11.30 – 12.00 Sophie Chatel, Head of Tax Treaty Unit , OECD, Paris
Topic: Impact of BEPS on OECD Model Treaty & Next Steps (suggested)
12.00 – 12.30 Ola Ostaszewska, Head, IBFD European Group, and Managing Editor
Roy Rohatgi on Basic International Taxation (Third Edition) - Book Launch (Vol. 1)
12.30 – 13.00 Porus Kaka, * Session Chairman - Concluding Remarks
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Plenary Session:
Chairman Belema Obuoforibo, * International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands
14.00 – 14.30 Achim Pross, Head of International Cooperation and Tax Administration, OECD, Paris
Topic: To be decided
14.30 – 15.00 Monica Bhatia, Head of Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Paris
Topic: Exchange of Information (including Beneficial Ownership) under Action Thirteen: Some Issues and Comments
15.00 – 15.30 David Bradbury, Head of Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD, Paris
Topic: Key Taxation Issues in Global Digital Economy - Possible Solutions
Topic: to be decided
15.30 – 16.00 Ian Young, * Ex-Chair, UK Charter Committee, HMRC, UK
Topic: A Review of Taxpayers' Charters and Taxpayers' Protection: Comments
16.00 – 16.30 Parthasarathi Shome, * Director, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation India, and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
Topic: International Taxation: Resilience or Decline of Multilateral Instrument
16.30 – 17.00 Break
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman William Morris, * Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers, USA & Chairman, BIAC
17.00 – 20.00 Topic: Taxation of Digitised Business: The International Dimension. Panel discussion on latest OECD proposals led by Sol Picciotto,United Kingdom. Panelists:David Bradbury (OECD) - Vikram Chand,* Switzerland - Nishith Desai,* India - Sriram Govind,* Vienna WU - Michael Lennard, US - (UN) - Jeffrey Owens,* UK - Akhilesh Ranjan, India - Mike Williams,* UK
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman Rodney Lawrence, * Global Leader, International Tax Services, KPMG, United States
17.00 – 20.00 Topic: Recent Tax Reforms in the United States (2017): their Current Status and their Impact on other major Global Tax Systems Panel Discussion led by Marc Levey, - USA. Panelists: Hitesh Gajaria,* India - Jan de Goede,IBFD - Robert Goulder, USA - Mindy Herzfeld,* USA - Khoon Ming Ho, China - Achim Pross, OECD, Paris - David Spencer, USA - Lawrence Zlatkin, USA
20.00 – 22.00 Networking Dinner


Plenary Session:
BEPS in India: Impact on Indian Tax Policy and Objectives
Chairman Dinesh Kanabar, * Founding Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP, India
09.00 – 09.15 Session Chairman's Introductory Remarks
09.15 – 10.15 Arbind Modi, member of Central Board of Direct Taxes, India
Topic: The 2018 Direct Tax Code in India - Introduction and Review
(followed by questions and comments from the floor)
10.15 – 10.30 Break
10.30 – 11.00 Parthasarathi Shome,* Director, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation, India; and Visiting Fellow: London School of Economics.
Topic: International Taxation: The Economic and Legal Interface
11.00 – 11.30 Akhilesh Ranjan, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), India
Topic: Recent Developments in International Taxation in India under BEPS
11.30 – 13.00 BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance in Future
Panel Discussion led by Dinesh Kanabar Panelists: Rajat Bansal - Mukesh Butani - Gautam Doshi - Hitesh Gajaria - Vipul Jhaveri - Milind Kothari* - Bobby Parikh - Pranav Sayta - Girish Vanvari (all from India)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Special Session:
United Nations Model (Option A)
Chairman Nishith Desai, Founder, Nishith Desai Associates, India
14.00 – 16.30 Speaker: Michael Lennard, * Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office (FIDO) of the United Nations.
Topic: Recent Changes in the UN Model and its Future Role in a BEPS World
Presentation followed by Panel Discussion led by Uday VedIndia. Panelists: Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD - Jan de Goede, IBFD - Porus Kaka, India - T P Ostwal, India - Radhakishan Rawal,* India - Pragya Saksena, India. Followed by Chairman's Remarks
Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman Vipul Jhaveri, Head of Tax, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells LLP, India
14.00 – 16.30 Speaker: Craig West, IBFD & University of Cape Town, South Africa
Topic: Brief Review of Taxpayers' Rights and Responsibilities in the Era of Automatic Exchange of Information. Can BEPS lead to tax terrorism and should it be avoided? What is tax terrorism ? Panel led by Radhakishan Rawal, *USA & South Africa. Panelists: Monica Bhatia, OECD -Gokul Chaudhri, India - Arvind Datar, India -Edson Guerrero,* Mexico - Mindy Herzfeld,* USA - Rahul Navin India - Ian Young,* UK. Followed by Chairman's Remarks.
16.30 – 17.00 Break
Evening (Option A)
Tax Technology
Chairman Clive Baxter, Maersk Group, Head of Tax Governance and Policy, Denmark
17.00 – 18.15 Speaker: Milind Kothari,* Managing Partner, BDO India LLP, India
Topic: Use of Technology to manage Professional Tax Practices and Tax Compliance and to provide Advisory Services to Clients: their Impact on the Profession & Tax Administration. Panelists: David Bradbury, OECD, Paris -Jeremy Cape, UK -Rahul Kashikar, India - Michael Kobetsky, Australia - Luis Nouel, IBFD
Mergers and Acquisitions
Chairman Gautam Doshi, * Managing Director, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, India
18.15 – 19.30 Speaker: Girish Vanvari, *Founder, Transaction Square LLP, India
Topic: Global Tax Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions. Panel led by Pranay Bhatia, India. Panelists: Monica Bhatia, OECD, Paris - Bobby Parikh , India - Carol Dunahoo, USA - Vivek Gupta, India - Rachel Saw,IBFD.
Session :
Evening (Option B)
Chairman Vijay Mathur, *Senior Tax Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, India
17.00 – 19.00 Topic: Varying Tax Perceptions for determining Permanent Establishment and the Approach of the Judiciary towards them. Presentation by Radhakishan Rawal* followed by panel discussion. Panel led by Jairaj Purandare, India Panelists: Premkumar Baldewsing, IBFD Sophie Chatel, OECD Kuntal Dave, India Ameya Kunte, India Sanjeev Sharma, India .
19.00 – 19.30 Discussion and Questions
19.30 – 22.00 Networking Dinner


Tax Dispute Resolution (Morning)
Chairman Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius
09.00 – 10.15 Topic: Resolution of Tax Disputes in the post BEPS World - What are the New Measures and Approaches in Domestic and International Laws recommended under BEPS Action 14? A Critical Review
Panel led by Mukesh Butani India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal, India - Carol Dunahoo, USA - Pramod Kumar, India - Michael Lennard,* UN - Jeffrey Owens, UK.
10.15 – 10.30 Concluding Remarks: Comments on Some Recent Legal Tax Decisions in India by Sunil Moti Lala, Trustee, Foundation for International Taxation
10.30 – 11.00 Break
Digitized Business and its Tax Impact (Option A)
Chairman Pranav Sayta, National Partner, Ernst & Young, India
11.00 – 12.00 Topic: (a) How can Blockchain assist Tax Management and Administration ?
Speaker: Loretta Joseph, Leader Global Blockchain Directorate, and Chair Of Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association, Australia.
Topic: (b) Blockchain Technology and its Uses - An Overview
Speakers: Neil Pennington, UK - Shikha Mehra, India .
12.00 – 13.00 Topic: Permanent Establishment through Digital Presence in India : Will it work?
Presentation by Hitesh Gajaria* followed by panel discussion. Panelists: Wasoudeo Baloo, Mauritius -N Meyyappan, India -Vinay Singh, India.
Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment Status under Action 7 (Option B)
Chairman Shefali Goradia, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, India
11.00 – 12.00 Topic (i): Dependent Agent Permanent Establishment: Is it a Permanent Establishment Under Action 7 ?
followed by general discussion on the topic.
Topic (ii): Does Permanent Establishment as a Tax Concept have a long-term future in model treaties?
Panel discussion led by Rajesh Simhan,India. Panelists: Bijal Ajinkya,India -Sunil Moti Lala, India -Rahul Mitra, India -Achim Pross, OECD.
Chairman Jeffrey Owens,Professor & Director of Global Tax Policy Center, Vienna WU, Austria
12.00 – 13.00 Topic: Post BEPS Treaties and Tax Certainty under Multilateral Instrument
Speaker: Robert Danon, Professor, Lausanne University, Switzerland & Chair, Permanent Scientific Committee, International Fiscal Association. Presentation followed by Discussion and Questions.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Chairman Professor Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director,
Topic: "The OECD's Challenges and Contributions to International Taxation".
OECD Speakers: "Klaus Vogel" Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans - Sophie Chatel - Achim Pross - Monica Bhatia - David Bradbury. Brief Presentations by speakers followed by Questions - Vote of Thanks given by Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius.
Transfer Pricing Developments (Option A)
Chairman David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer, United States
15.15 – 16.30 Topic: Compare BEPS Actions 8 to 10 on Transfer Pricing with "Arm's Length Method" under Article 9 and with OECD's Revised Guidance on "Transactional Profit Split Method". Will it lead to "formulary apportionment" under the Mutual Agreement Procedure ?
Panel discussion led by T P Ostwal, India. Panel Speakers: Anuschka Bakker, IBFD - Anis Chakravarty, India - Manoj Pardasani, India -PVSS Prasad,*India -Himanshu Sinha, India - Kamlesh Varshney, India.
Goods and Services Tax (Option B)
Chairman Sachin Menon, Partner and Head of Indirect Taxes, KPMG, India
Topic: Goods and Services Tax in India - A Current Update
Speakers: TO COME
16.30 – 17.00 Break
Late Afternoon (Combined)
Chairman Clive Baxter,Maersk Group, Head of Tax Governance and Policy, Denmark
17.00 – 17.40 Topic: The Implications of the Next Wave of Technologies on Tax Policy and Administration (Examples: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Analytics, Virtual Reality, Block Chain, etc.)
Presentations by Prof. Jeffrey Owens, WU Austria. - Robert Goulder Senior Tax Policy Counsel, Tax Analysts, USA .
Chairman Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius
17.40 – 18.45 Topic: How would these new technologies transform (i) the Tax System, (ii) Tax Administration, and (iii) Tax Policy.
Panel Discussion led by Jeffrey Owens,* UK. Panelists: Loretta Joseph Australia -Vikram Chand ,* Switzerland -Neil Pennington, UK - Vinay Singh, India.
18.45 – 19.00 Concluding Remarks and Questions:Pascal Saint-Amans (OECD) - Roy Rohatgi (FIT) Belema Obuoforibo (IBFD).
01 JULY 2018

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