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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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Transfer Pricing
OECD / G20 Discussion Drafts on Risk, Recharacterization, and Profit Splits

30 January, 2:00 – 3:15 PM HKT (GMT +8)
* Length of webcast: 75 minutes
Host: Arindam Mitra
Presenters: Anis Chakravarty, Fiona Craig, and Alan Shapiro

In December 2014, the OECD released Discussion Drafts on Risk, Recharacterization, and Profits Splits as part of its work on the BEPS project. The Discussion Drafts provide useful insight into the potential direction of the BEPS project on these important issues. What are the proposals and how might they affect your organization? We'll discuss:

  • New rules on the role of contracts and identifying risk.
  • New rules on managing and controlling risk.
  • New rules on non-recognition of transactions.
  • Discussion points for recharacterization of transactions.
  • Examples on when profit split may be considered to be the best method.
  • Discussion points on the profit split method.

Keep up to date with these significant proposed changes to transfer pricing under BEPS.

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International Tax
International Tax: What Can We Learn from the Top Tax Cases of 2014?

10 February, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Claudio Cimetta, Leonard Khaw, Sunil Shah, and David Watkins

Fascinating court decisions have emerged in 2014 involving the interpretation of double tax treaties and other international tax issues. What do these cases reveal? We'll discuss:

  • Permanent establishment cases in India, as well as an important case in Australia on partnerships and double tax treaties.
  • Cases dealing with the non-discrimination article and with "most favored nation" provisions.
  • Korean cases on beneficial ownership and entitlement to treaty benefits.
  • Indirect share transfer cases in China and India.
  • A landmark VAT case in Europe.

Understand technical and practical implications of key rulings and discover how they apply to your company's international tax planning.

Tax Management
Tax Compliance: Getting the Model Right

12 February, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Richard Mackender
Presenters: Piyus Vallabh and Rony Wuytjens

The increasing pressure on companies to manage tax effectively and efficiently is driving tax directors to look closely at their tax management structures. They have to make sure they are able to deliver against all of the key performance indicators (KPIs) expected of today's tax function. What factors do tax directors need to consider to get the model right? We'll discuss:

  • The balancing act and different ways to achieve the right balance.
  • Analysis of recent market research findings.
  • The evolving approach to the resourcing models for tax, with case studies.
  • Challenges and future trends.

Gain insights into the latest trends for companies and understand the success factors to get your tax compliance model right.

India Spotlight
India’s Budget 2015: Will the Promised Land of Tax-friendly Reforms Finally Exist?

2 March, 2:00 – 3:15 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Rajesh Srinivasan
Presenters: Anis Chakravarty, C.A. Gupta, and Saloni Roy

Budget 2015 is seen as the apt platform for the Finance Minister to set a larger context and introduce a strong reform and growth-focused agenda. Clearly, creating a more
tax-friendly and investment savvy business environment and managing the deficit more effectively are top priorities. At the same time, the government has articulated that the tax net needs to be broadened. Will the much awaited reforms finally see the light of day in 2015? We'll discuss:

  • Emerging opportunities in Budget 2015.
  • Direct and indirect tax proposals: will a rational and reasonable tax regime for global investors and Indian businesses be a reality?
  • The implications in detail that may impact you.
  • Optimal next steps in the context of proposed changes to get you prepared.

Gain insights from the Deloitte experts with an in-depth analysis of the 2015 India's Budget.

International Tax
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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