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Indirect Tax Forum 2017 - 30 March, Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf


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09.00 Registration and breakfast

09.30 Welcome address

09.40 Managing indirect taxes globally
WTS will deliver a keynote address on the global issues surrounding indirect tax to be followed by a panel discussion with leading tax executives.

Jürgen Scholz, Global Head Indirect Tax, WTS
Philipp Besson, Global Head of Operational Taxes, Allianz

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Considerations of PEs & fixed establishments in the VAT environment under BEPS

  • How can a VAT PE (fixed establishment) be defined?
  • Action 1 implications: e-commerce
  • The destination principle and how it interacts with permanent establishment
  • MAP and dispute resolution under BEPS
  • Does the success of the EU’s MOSS show governments can collect revenue on each others’ behalves?
Peter Jung, Managing Partner, WTS
Philipp Besson,
Global Head of Operational Taxes, Allianz
Stijn Vastmans
, Partner, VAT, customs and excise law, Tiberghien
Mirko Marinć,
Partner, Baker McKenzie
Helena Kiurusalmi, Senior Tax Manager, Zalando SE

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Customs and other indirect tax implications for multinational companies post-Brexit
  • What will the UK’s new agreement with the EU on customs look like?
  • The UK and Ireland – a soft border?
  • The UK and the VAT Directive
  • How quickly will UK VAT move away from EU VAT, given that the UK will not be party to the European Court of Justice, due to case law?
  • Article 50 to be triggered by the UK before the end of March
Kay Masorsky, Head of Customs, WTS
Giles Parsons, Senior Tax Director, European Tax Policy, Caterpillar
Richard Allen, Co-founder, Retailers Against VAT Avoidance Schemes (RAVAS)

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 Application of reverse charge in Europe

  • The view on the general reverse charge mechanism
  • Which countries are likely to implement the general reverse charge first?
  • Key considerations of the current reverse charge rules in different jurisdictions
  • How effective will reverse charge be at combatting carousel fraud?
Tamas Gyányi, Partner, WTS Klient Tax Advisory
Chiara Mejnardi
, Dottore Commercialista, WTS R&A Studio Tributario Associato
Benjamin Bergau
, VAT specialist, Baker McKenzie
Marco de Weerd
, Senior Indirect Tax Manager, Sovos Compliance
Michael Connemann
, Director – Indirect Tax, WTS

17.00 Closing remarks

17.15 Cocktail reception



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