Every year ITSG holds two conferences: a European conference and the worldwide annual conference.
Above is the group photograph from the 2019 world-wide conference held in Dubai, U.A.E.
In 2020 the worldwide conference will be held in Valencia, Spain.
The conference is open only to ITSG members and a limited number of invited guests.
Here is a summary of the program for the latest conference that took place in Dubai November 6 - 8, 2019.
|Wednesday, November 6, 2019|
|SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP DAY|
|Athletes and Entertainers|
A case study about relocation of an entertainer. Taxation of athletes playing in a league.
Governance challenges in passing the family business to the next generation. Surprisingly, many wealthy families complain about lack of liquidity.
|Tax Treaty Issues|
New special interest group on emerging tax treaty issues. Topics may include limitation of benefits and principal purpose test, permanent establishment and allocation of profits.
|Lunch (Note: There will be a working lunch for Managing Partners (those who are tasked with running a firm or a major group within a firm) to discuss practice management issues. Others are welcome to listen to the discussion.)|
|Foreign Correspondent Desk|
Setting up a foreign desk within your firm. What are the challenges and costs / benefits? Experiences from ITSG members who have done this.
|Steering Committee Meeting|
|COCKTAIL RECEPTION AND DINNER|
|Thursday, November 7, 2019|
|Welcome and Introduction|
|Host Country, UAE|
With no real taxation in U.A.E., discussion will focus on setting up in U.A.E., forms of entities, use as a holding company jurisdiction, requirements to become resident and tax treaties. Practical issues of setting up in U.A.E.
|Special Tax Regimes for Individuals|
Countries U.K., Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France, Israel, China, U.S. A look at advantageous tax arrangements in selected countries around the world.
|Need for Substance|
A look at new substance requirements in the E.U. and other countries.
A look at forms of GAAR around the world; Canada, U.K., Australia, India and China. A case study on a GAAR analysis.
|Investment Protection Treaties|
Worthwhile or worthless, what are they, what do they do?
|Tax Cases in the E.U.|
An update on cases in the E.U. at the European Court of Justice including the Apple Case.
A chance for any delegate to raise a question or speak on a matter.
(Buses depart at 19:00)
|Friday, November 8, 2019|
|European Tax Update|
The always popular update on European tax developments. This will cover only certain selected countries.
Discussion of taxation of digital economy, bitcoin, blockchain, taxing the internet and other aspects of this subject.
|Investing in Israel's High-Tech Sector|
What you need to know about taxation in Israel before you invest.
|Taxpayer Rights and Morality|
A look at developments in Taxpayer Rights. Are we going forwards or backwards? Where does morality become relevant to taxation?
|Asia Tax Update|
Tax update on selected Asian countries.
Who's in and more importantly who is out? What are the implications?
|U.S. Tax Update|
What you need to know about the recent U.S. tax reform. How has it changed planning strategies? Perspectives from inside and outside the U.S.
|Closing Remarks / Conference Adjourns|
(Depart hotel at 18:00)