Tax Planning Strategies and Experiences at Amsterdam

Sarah Woodman, Global events journalist
September 27, 2011 /

Networking organization Though Leader Global is holding a forum on tax planning on October 10-11, 2011 at Amsterdam, sponsored by Loyens Loeff.

Tax planning has become increasingly necessary in the current environment of strong regulation and resurgent M&A activity,” Though Leader Global said.

“Tax structuring for complex transactions entails intensive financial and compliance obstacles. Tax directors must take both technical and strategic approaches to manage the corporate tax position. Tax authorities are requiring more documentation and consistency in your global tax strategy. TP planning in a complex environment and TESCM remains very relevant.

“In addition, it is imperative to strengthen tax treatment of intangible assets, in particular during M&A and restructurings. Loss utilisation, profit repatriation and M&A financing strategies shall reemerge as priorities for contributing to tax efficiency. Attend this forum, the sixth in our tax series to benchmark how other tax directors are implementing advanced tax planning strategies.”

The forum will be attended by several companies, including Haemonetics to discuss tax due diligence; HP (Integration Aspects of M&A Tax); IBS (Analysis of the Target Company’s Structure); Shell (Managing Tax Issues with Respect to Foreign Divestments); Reed Elsevier (IP Planning as a Contributing Component of Deal Value); 3i (Discussing Tax Relief for Finance Costs in Structuring Deals); Siemens (Reviewing Cross-Border Loss Utilisation); Belden (Examining Profit Repatriation); Vestas Wind Systems’ (Tax Considerations for Optimising the Chinese Market); Gucci (Flexible Transfer Pricing Model that Supports Business Expansion); BMR Advisors (Discussing Tax in India and the Vodafone Case); Medtronic (TESCM in an M&A Environment); BP (Meeting Stakeholder Requirements by Ensuring Tax Function Effectiveness); Salvatore Ferragamo Group (Tax Audit Experiences); and Standard Chartered Bank (Implementing M&A tax in Emerging Markets).

On the other hand, Though Leader Global is also conducting its 4th Group Indirect Tax Exchange on October 17-18, 2011 at Amsterdam, to be attended by UPS (discussing Streamlining your Supply Chain within a VAT Environment); ExxonMobil (Implement a VAT Compliance Programme & Tax Control Framework); Shell (Maximising Indirect Tax Controls / Processes); European Commission (the New EU VAT Invoice Directive on Electronic Invoicing); Pfizer (VAT Aspects during M&A Integration, including an ERP Migration); and Hewlett Packard (VAT within TESCM – a multinational perspective).

The event will be sponsored by Vertex.

“The recent VAT Package and upcoming Invoicing directives have led to the goal for multinationals to transform their billing, purchasing, customs and VAT compliance processes. Standardisation, automation and efficiency are the new objectives. Companies are begining to construct tax control frameworks in order to demonstrate quality self-assessments to tax authorities, and indirect tax plays a central role in this,” the organization said in a statement.

“Centralisation and technology trends are also driving companies towards adopting VAT compliance programmes and e-customs. Utilise this event to benchmark how leading multinationals are implementing new indirect tax initiatives in their operations. Hear their perspectives on VAT risk, compliance and VAT automation, in an informal interactive environment.”


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