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ITSG Conferences

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
09:00 - 10:15 Athletes and Entertainers
A case study about relocation of an entertainer. Taxation of athletes playing in a league.
10:15 – 11:30 Estate Planning
Governance challenges in passing the family business to the next generation. Surprisingly, many wealthy families complain about lack of liquidity.
11:45 – 13:00 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.
13:00 – 14:30 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.)
14:30 – 15:30 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.
15:30 – 16:00 BREAK
16:00 – 18:00 Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2019
08:40 - 09:00 Welcome and Introduction
09:00 – 10:00 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.
10:00 – 12:00 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.
11:00 - 11:20 BREAK
12:00 – 12:40 Need for Substance
A look at new substance requirements in the E.U. and other countries.
12:40 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 15:20 GAAR
A look at forms of GAAR around the world; Canada, U.K., Australia, India and China. A case study on a GAAR analysis.
15:20 – 15:50 Investment Protection Treaties
Worthwhile or worthless, what are they, what do they do?
15:50 – 16:10 BREAK
16:10 – 17:00 Tax Cases in the E.U.
An update on cases in the E.U. at the European Court of Justice including the Apple Case.
17:00 – 17:20 Open Session
A chance for any delegate to raise a question or speak on a matter.
17:20 Group Photo
19:30 – 22:30 GALA DINNER
(Buses depart at 19:00)
Friday, November 8, 2019
08:40 – 09:30 European Tax Update
The always popular update on European tax developments. This will cover only certain selected countries.
09:30 – 10:20 Digital Economy
Discussion of taxation of digital economy, bitcoin, blockchain, taxing the internet and other aspects of this subject.
10:20 – 10:50 Investing in Israel's High-Tech Sector
What you need to know about taxation in Israel before you invest.
10:50 – 11:10 BREAK
11:10 – 11:50 Taxpayer Rights and Morality
A look at developments in Taxpayer Rights. Are we going forwards or backwards? Where does morality become relevant to taxation?
11:50 – 12:40 Asia Tax Update
Tax update on selected Asian countries.
12:40 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 14:40 Multi-Lateral Instrument
Who's in and more importantly who is out? What are the implications?
14:40 – 15:30 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.
15:30 – 15:50 Open Session
15:50 – 16:00 Closing Remarks / Conference Adjourns
18:00 – 22:30 INFORMAL DINNER
(Depart hotel at 18:00)
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