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

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China Spotlight
New Indirect Transfer Rules in China: Substantially Upgraded

6 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Vicky Wang
Presenters: Anthony Lau, Hong Ye, and Julie Zhang

The Chinese State Administration of Taxation (SAT) just released the long-awaited Bulletin 7 on 3 February 2015. This circular is a comprehensive regulation that addresses the indirect transfers of Chinese taxable assets by foreign nonresident enterprises, and is to replace the relevant articles in the well-known Circular 698 and Bulletin 24 on indirect transfers. Bulletin 7 provides a set of guidance on assessing taxability of the transactions and exceptions, and clarifies some unresolved issues. We'll discuss:

  • Applicable scope of the bulletin.
  • Elimination of mandatory reporting obligations.
  • Safe harbor and "black list" transaction criteria.
  • General assessment of taxability criteria.
  • Calculation of taxable income.
  • Respective penalties and interest on both buyer and seller for noncompliance.
  • Our observations and insights on the Bulletin 7, as well as recommendations.

Learn how this new rule will affect your existing and future investments and future divestments involving China assets.

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Japan's 2015 Tax Reform Proposals: For Better or for Worse?

5 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Jun Takahara
Presenters: David Bickle, Mark Brandon, and Brian Douglas

Japan's 2015 tax reform proposals continue to support the government's policies specifically intended to enhance Japan's international competitiveness, promote direct investment into Japan, and encourage domestic economic growth. Weak economic results following the April 2014 Japanese consumption tax rate increase has led the government to postpone the second planned rate increase and reflects the government's need to prioritize economic growth over reducing the public debt. We'll discuss:

  • The 2015 tax reform proposals and the expected impact to corporations and individuals.
  • Expected changes to the consumption tax rules, including an update on the rate increase, treatment of cross-border digital services, and what the delay in the second consumption tax rate increase means to businesses and consumers.
  • Tax audit trends.
  • BEPS and potential impact on inbound Japanese investment.

Keep abreast on direct and indirect tax matters affecting companies and individuals in Japan.

International Tax
Establishing Headquarters in Asia Pacific: Tax and Operational Considerations

12 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Tom Ewigleben
Presenters: Jie Liang, Sharfudeen Shamsudeen, and Patrick Yip

Companies are recognizing the vast potential for growth in Asia Pacific as a supply base with increasing growth in demand for products, and a key source of talent to meet needs from a growing pool of well-educated talent. Many companies have established headquarters (HQ) in Asia Pacific and many others are actively deliberating such a move. Despite many opportunities, what are some significant challenges companies need to be aware of? We'll discuss:

  • Tax and potential considerations for the choice of the HQ location.
  • Types of HQ models and tax and operational considerations.
  • Considerations around setting up and remunerating the HQ.
  • Pros and cons of regional vs. global HQs.
  • Lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid.

Gain insights into factors you should consider when setting up an HQ in Asia Pacific.

China Spotlight
Customs Audits in China: Are You Keeping Pace with the Latest Changes?

17 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Sarah Chin
Presenters: Liqun Gao and Dolly Zhang

China Customs has been aggressive on audits in the recent years, especially towards the end of 2014. Since 2013, China Customs authorities have been stepping up on their investigation activities, but now with a new emphasis on "national" audits, covering all affected Chinese companies within a group. We will analyze a number of case studies to prepare you for the road ahead. We'll discuss:

  • Highlights of Customs target areas, focuses, and approaches adopted based on our observation of Customs audits in the past 24 months.
  • What can be expected in the to-be-introduced Customs audit rules, and observations of the trends and forecasts of the rules.
  • How multinationals can prepare in advance to control the risks.

Stay current on the latest developments on Customs audits in China and find out ways to manage risks when doing business in China.

India Spotlight
Inbound Investment into India: BEPS Perspective

19 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Anis Chakravarty
Presenters: Tarun Arora, Pritin Kumar, and Rohinton Sidhwa

Emerging global trends in taxation have impacted India's tax policy and raised numerous challenges. India is aiming to reduce BEPS as part of the G20 member countries supporting the OECD's BEPS project, which is expected to have significant implications on cross border arrangements used by multinational companies (MNCs). What are the important considerations for MNCs when doing business in India from a BEPS perspective? We'll discuss:

  • Key deliverables that may have immediate impacts on MNCs doing business in India.
  • View of the Indian authorities on BEPS matters.
  • Emerging trends and what is likely to come.

Be updated on the latest developments on the OECD's BEPS project with specific insights on the implications from an Indian perspective.

Transfer Pricing
Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs): Update on Developments across Asia Pacific

24 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Arindam Mitra
Presenters: Eunice Kuo, S.P. Singh, and Gary Thomas

With increasing volume and complexity of cross-border transactions, multinationals need to gain a comprehensive understanding on APAs and keep transfer pricing disputes out of their way. What are the key insights multinationals should consider to get the best out of APAs? We'll discuss:

  • An update on the recent developments in the area of APAs.
  • Recent challenges and comparison of APA programs within the region, including Japan, China, and India.
  • Impact of local intangibles and location specific advantages on APA programs.
  • Influence of BEPS on APA programs.
  • Key takeaways from recently concluded unilateral and bilateral APAs.

Stay up-to-date on these latest developments with APA programs across the region and what they could mean for your organization.

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