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Indirect Tax Forum 2018 - March 22, The College Hotel, Amsterdam


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08.30 Registration, breakfast

09.00 Welcome address by
Joe Stanley-Smith
, editor, International Tax Review

09.15 Keynote address

David O'Sullivan, 
VAT policy advisor, centre for tax policy and administration, consumption taxes unit, OECD
Jürgen Scholz, global head of indirect tax, WTS

10:15 Challenges of additional transactional reporting requirements

Across the world, tax authorities are taking advantage of new technology to ensure greater indirect tax compliance. However, this often burdens companies with extra reporting requirements.

  • New reporting requirements around the world
  • Invoice matching systems
  • Real-time reporting: The Spanish experience
  • Real-time online data matching

Mario Fernandez, head of indirect tax, Lundgrens, WTS Denmark
Conceição Gamito,
head of indirect tax, VdA Portugal
Marco de Weerd,
VAT solution principle, Sovos
Tamás Laszlo,
VAT manager, WTS Budapest
Joel Wessels,
partner, Atlas, WTS Netherlands

11:15 Coffee break and networking

11:45 Inside indirect tax departments - answers to common practical challenges
Inside the indirect tax departments  - answers to common practical challenges

  • The adoption of internal control systems into the VAT world
  • Identification and managing of VAT PEs (fixed establishments)
  • Release of locked input VAT amounts
  • Taxation of digital and online-driven business models
  • Your questions and challenges
  • Technological solutions to everyday problems

Wim Wuyts , chief executive officer WTS Global
Ken Chan,
head of tax, TransferWise
Alex Miller,
senior VAT manager, Lloyds Banking Group
Phillip Besson,
partner indirect tax, WTS
Helena Tender, head of global tax, Ascom

12:45 Lunch and networking

13:45 Forum: Can artificial intelligence simplify the VAT world?
Artificial intelligence, and robotic process analysis, are changing the tax world forever. International Tax Review invites all forum attendees to discuss the implications in small groups.

  • Will AI mean the end of human error?
  • What tasks can we ‘outsource’ to software?
  • How to refocus human employees’ work streams
  • How can tax departments build up the necessary IT/AI skill set

The presentation on artificial intelligence will be followed by  a group discussion on tables of assorted AI topics. Rapporteurs from each table will the feedback to the group 

14:15 VAT implementation process in India and the Gulf region
Ritesh Kanodia,
head of VAT, Dhruva Advisors, India

14:45 Coffee break and networking

15:15 The new EU proposals on the future of EU VAT

  • European Commission proposal in detail
  • Preparation for the new Certified Taxpayer status across Europe
  • How effective will the anti-fraud provisions be?
  • What progress will we see in 2018? Are the hurdles purely political?

Maria Teresa Fábregas-Fernandez, director general taxation and tax administration, European Commission
Stijn Vastmans ,
partner Tiberghien WTS Belgium
Charlene Adline Herbain,
lawyer at Law Square (Belgium), lecturer, University of Luxembourg
Cendrine Chappuis
, senior manager, global indirect tax, Homeaway
Greg Lockhart,
tax principal, Matheson

16:30 Closing remarks 

16:45 Drinks reception and networking







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