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Anticipating tomorrow's complex issues and new strategies is a challenge. Stay tuned in with Dbriefs that give you valuable insights on important developments affecting your business in Asia Pacific

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International Tax
Swiss Corporate Tax Reforms: Has a New Era Arrived?

18 November, 5:00 – 6:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Sarah Chin
Presenters: Jacqueline Hess, Jacques Kistler, and Rene Zulauf

In order to strengthen its tax competitiveness as an international location for corporations and adjust to the changing OECD / BEPS and EU tax landscape, Switzerland is undertaking the most comprehensive corporate tax reform in 50 years.  Existing special tax regimes, such as the holding or mixed company regimes, will be phased out and be replaced by other measures. What challenges and opportunities will these reforms bring to your businesses? We’ll discuss:

  • A “license box” for income arising from the exploitation and use of intellectual property.
  • A notional interest deduction on equity.
  • A general reduction of the headline corporate tax rate. 
  • Other measures that are being proposed, including a step up for tax purposes for existing regimes and companies migrating to Switzerland, the abolishment of the 1%  capital issuance tax on equity contributions, the reduction of the annual capital tax or the introduction of an unlimited loss carry forward period, etc.

Learn how your company can best profit from these significant changes.

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China Spotlight
Inbound Investment into China: BEPS Perspective

4 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Vicky Wang
Presenters: Patrick Cheung, Martin Lin, and Andrew Zhu

On 16 September 2014, OECD released the first 7 deliverables on BEPS. Some of these deliverables will have significant impacts on cross border structures and arrangements currently used by multinational companies. What are the important considerations for MNCs when doing business in China from a BEPS perspective? We'll discuss:

  • Key highlights of 3 deliverables that may have immediate impacts on MNCs doing business in China, specifically Action 6 (Prevent Treaty Abuse), Action 8 (Intangibles), and Action 13 (Re-examine Transfer Pricing Documentation).
  • Impacts of these 7 deliverables on China and the SAT's (State Administration of Taxation) view. 

Get updated on the latest developments on the OECD's BEPS project with specific insights on the implications from a China perspective.

Transfer Pricing
Transfer Pricing in a BEPS Environment: Australia's Approach

6 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Arindam Mitra
Presenters: Fiona Craig, Colin Little, and Graeme Smith

With Australia's presidency of the G20 fuelling increased government debate on the taxation of multinationals, activity around the OECD's BEPS project has gained an additional dimension through the ATO's (Australian Tax Office) policing of the BEPS phenomenon. What is the ATO's approach that you should be aware of? We'll discuss:

  • The ATO's recent and future compliance efforts, in the name of BEPS, focused on international structuring and profit shifting of multinationals.
  • New ATO approaches and protocols in undertaking these compliance activities.
  • Points to consider in determining a strategy for how to deal with this growing ATO scrutiny.
  • The response from other revenue authorities.

Hear our practical insights and remain up-to-date on these current transfer pricing developments as the BEPS environment keeps multinationals on their toes.

M&A Tax
Debt Push Down: Focus on India and Southeast Asia

11 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Danny Po
Presenters: Anil Talreja and Steven Yap

It has always been a challenge for investors to obtain tax deductions on financing costs incurred in connection with M&A. Given the rapid development of BEPS in Asia Pacific, the structuring of debt push down will become even tougher. In the last quarter, we illustrated case studies in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea and in this quarter, we will continue the discussion of this topic with a focus on India and Southeast Asia. We'll discuss:

  • Basic and special debt push down techniques in India and Southeast Asia.
  • Illustrative case studies in India and Southeast Asia applying these techniques; considering how to align interest expense with taxable operating income, taking into account cross-border transfer pricing considerations and beneficial ownership requirements.

Understand the techniques and challenges on debt push down that might affect your M&A deals.

India Spotlight
Transfer Pricing in India: Much Awaited Changes

13 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Vishweshwar Mudigonda
Presenters: Rakesh Alshi and S.P. Singh

Transfer pricing litigation has been one of the major areas of concern for multinationals doing business in India. There were expectations that the new government would take steps in reducing unwarranted litigation and simplifying procedures to enhance the business environment. The Finance Minister has brought in changes in the transfer pricing regulations including the use of multi-year data and the introduction of a range for determining the arm's length price. Have the proposed changes addressed some of the concerns of taxpayers? What are the other changes in transfer pricing that impact an organization? We'll discuss:

  • Effect of using multi-year data in reducing litigation.
  • Ramifications of the use of a range for determining the arm's length price.
  • The third party transactions that need to be reported after the amendment in the definition of deemed international transactions.

Explore the latest changes in transfer pricing in India and what they could mean for your organization.

International Assignments
Asia Pacific Share Plans: Practical Considerations for Implementation in Hong Kong, India, and Japan

25 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Tony Jasper
Presenters: Russell Bird, Vivian Lam, and Aarti Raote

As share plans continue to be a popular form of incentive compensation for employers, despite the challenges which could arise with a mobile employee population, what are the regulatory issues and common pitfalls that employers should be aware of or consider? We'll discuss:

  • Why share plans remain relevant as a form of reward for employers.
  • Changes in the regulatory environment and trends around the world which may impact upon employers and employees specifically in Hong Kong, India, and Japan.
  • Common pitfalls encountered in the operation of share plans in these locations, for example, differences in tax treatment across jurisdictions such as potential for exit taxes prior to an option actually vesting or local rules on sourcing resulting in double tax charges.
  • Critical linkages in implementing a share plan and maintaining compliance including interaction between tax, human resources, and payroll teams.

Gain insights into optimizing the implementation and operation of share plans by your company.

International Tax
BEPS: What's Happened So Far? And What's Next?

2 December, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Anis Chakravarty, Leonard Khaw, Peter Madden, and David Watkins

The BEPS project is the most important review of the world's international tax architecture in decades. Since its official launch by the OECD and G20 in July 2013, what have been the key developments, both globally and in Asia Pacific? We'll discuss:

  • What has been achieved in regard to the first tranche of "deliverables" (September 2014): country-by-country reporting, transfer pricing documentation, the transfer pricing aspects of intangibles, the tax aspects of the digital economy, prevention of tax treaty abuse, hybrid mismatch arrangements, and progress reports on harmful tax practices and the multilateral instrument.
  • Work currently being undertaken by the OECD in regard to the second tranche of "deliverables" (September 2015), including CFC rules, permanent establishment, interest deductions, the transfer pricing aspects of risk and capital, disclosure of aggressive tax planning, and dispute resolution.
  • Areas of friction amongst OECD / G20 countries.
  • Updated "BEPS scorecard" for Asia Pacific countries: current legislative position, perspectives of governments and the public, and unilateral BEPS actions.
  • The (expected) way forward.

Find out the current position on this very important international tax initiative.

Indirect Tax
Malaysian GST: Accelerating down the Final Stretch

4 December, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Sylvia Chong, Senthuran Elalingam, and Kah Seong Fan

The implementation of the Malaysian GST remains a hot topic. To be introduced on 1 April 2015, businesses and Customs are now in the final stages of readiness for GST. Are there still areas that are confusing or difficult to interpret? We'll discuss:

  • Latest news including rules, guidance, rates, timelines, and developments
  • Analysis of the zero-rating and exemption orders.
  • Latest protocols and procedures for securing rulings, clarifications and confirmations of GST treatment from Royal Malaysia Customs, as Customs reorganizes into industry-specific and technical groups at headquarter level.
  • What businesses, beyond the new Indirect Tax framework, should be doing to understand the challenges of the new Anti-Profiteering Law and Guidelines.
  • Case study examples across a number of industry groups. 

Tune in to learn all the many complexities of this revolutionary new tax implementation and find out what your business needs to do and fine-tune by 1 April 2015. 

India Spotlight
Indian Withholding Tax Obligations: How Do You Get it Right? And What Happens if You Don't?

9 December, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Neeru Ahuja
Presenters: Enwright DeSales and Pritin Kumar

The Tax Department in India is recently placing more emphasis on revenue generation through withholding tax, as withholding tax collection accounts for almost 40% of total collection of direct taxes. A Centralised Processing Cell for withholding tax has been set up, and monitoring is being automated. Non-compliance with the withholding tax provisions is a double whammy as it not only encompasses recovery of tax, interest, and penalty, but also the corresponding expenditure is not tax deductible in the hands of the payer. What do you need to know about the major developments with regard to withholding taxes? We'll discuss:

  • Recent changes in law.
  • How corporate disallowances are triggered.
  • Penalties and prosecution.
  • Issues being faced by corporates and how to handle them practically.
  • Actions being taken by the Tax Department.

Understand recent changes in this important area and what they mean to you.

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