Mazars’ London Tax Conference to focus on BEPS and digitalisation

This year’s Mazars International Tax Conference will be exploring how the international business landscape is being shaped by the tax changes resulting from base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), and the OECD’s and the EU’s work on the taxation of the digital economy, among others.

The conference will be held in London on October 4, in collaboration with King’s College London.

Mazars Malta tax partner Paul Giglio explained the relevance of BEPS and the taxation of the digital economy as the focus of the conference.

“We have been witnessing rapid changes in the international tax system as a result of actions by governments to tackle the implications of BEPS, as well as the perceived attempts by multinationals at international tax structuring. These measures are being driven primarily within the framework of the OECD/G20 BEPS project, which aims at creating a single set of consensus-based international tax rules to protect the taxable base, while offering increased certainty and predictability to taxpayers.

“Meanwhile, the same framework also sets an agreed direction of work on digitalisation and the international tax rules through to 2020. It is relevant to note how digitalisation is also affecting other areas of the tax system, providing tax authorities with new tools that are translating into improvements in taxpayer services, improving the efficiency of tax collection and detecting tax evasion,” he said.

The conference will feature a comprehensive programme, with a panel discussion during which the speakers will provide their unique insight and share their experience regarding tax changes around the globe, and how digital tax and technology are expected to be embraced and to evolve in the future.

Guest speakers will include Catherine Harlow, Global Head of Transfer Pricing at AstraZeneca; Clive Baxter, Maersk’s Global Head of Tax Governance and Policy; Caroline Malcolm, from the OECD’s Tax and Digitalisation unit; Cory Hillier from the IMF; Tim Power from HMRC; and Jonathan Schwarz from King’s College London.

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