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Webcasts archived in the last 6 months can be accessed on this page. For a complete program schedule and topic information on upcoming webcasts, select the Program Guide.



Indirect Tax
Digital economy and GST: Brave new worlds in India and New Zealand

29 November 2016
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Allan Bullot, Saloni Roy, and Robert Tsang

Digital economy and indirect tax are hot topics in many countries around Asia Pacific as tax authorities seek to put both domestic and international suppliers of digital products to consumers in-country on the same footing. India's draft model GST law has extensive digital economy rules; the new dual GST could be in place as soon as 1 April 2017. New Zealand has a new set of compliance obligations going live in October 2016 for suppliers of digital services. How will the digital platform for your business be affected? We'll discuss:

  • Overview of the new digital economy rules, with a focus on India and New Zealand.
  • The comparison of these frameworks to the OECD VAT / GST International Guidelines.
  • The way forward.

Understand more about how these rules will work and discover how they apply to your company's indirect tax planning.

International Tax
US Section 385 Debt / Equity Regulations: What they mean for your company

23 November 2016
* Length of webcast: 75 minutes
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Mike Steinsaltz, Jason Wyman, and Lili Zheng

On 13 October, the US Treasury and the IRS published final and temporary regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 385. These regulations set out new rules for determining whether related party debt will be re-characterized as equity for US tax purposes, causing interest deductions to be denied, and potentially resulting in increased withholding taxes on purported interest payments. The regulations are focused on inbound investment into the US. Join our US Tax experts to obtain an understanding of these regulations. This Special Edition webcast will include:

  • An overview of the final regulations and their effective dates.
  • A discussion of how the rules will impact non-US companies with US subsidiaries.
  • The potential wide-ranging impact on US state filers with intercompany debt or transactions.
  • A description of the new compliance and documentation requirements.

Learn about the new regulations and possible effects on your company's current and future financing and transactions.

Industries – Financial Services
Corporate treasury centres in Asia: The race is on

22 November 2016
Host: Michael Velten
Presenters: Sam Gordon, Benny Koh, and Samantha Tan

Across Asia, corporations are increasingly focused on establishing corporate treasury centers to better manage cash, liquidity, financial risks, and provide financial supply chain solutions. What are the factors driving the establishment of a corporate treasury centre, and what are important considerations for your organization? We'll discuss:

  • Factors driving the development of corporate treasury centres in Asia.
  • Practical aspects of the Hong Kong and Singapore tax incentive regimes for corporate treasury centres including the relative merits and disadvantages.
  • Transfer pricing issues and considerations, including allocation of the interest savings from cash pooling.
  • Impact of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Actions on cash pooling, a common liquidity management solution.

Gain insights into this developing trend and what it could mean for your organization.

Global Mobility, Talent & Rewards
Payroll operations and employment tax considerations for today's and tomorrow's workforce: Emerging trends, opportunities, and risks

17 November 2016
Host: Elizma Bolt
Presenters: Steven Batrouney, Saraswathi Kasturirangan, and Vivian Lam

The continually evolving regulatory and HR environment has driven organizations to demand more from their payroll operations and those responsible for employment taxes. Mobile employees and the rise of contingent workers add complexity by triggering payroll and other obligations in multiple jurisdictions and requiring additional transparency regarding their pay. We'll discuss:

  • How can employers best manage mobile workforces across multiple jurisdictions in the context of immigration, delivery of employee benefits and effective cost management for the business?
  • Emerging challenges and opportunities for managing payroll operations and employment tax risks.
  • Considerations for employers and employees who maintain mobile workforces who participate in employee share plans.

Gain insights from Deloitte experts on how payroll operations and employment taxes are impacting your businesses.

International Tax
Swimming between the flags: The new Australian Taxation Office approach

15 November 2016
Host: David Watkins
Presenters: Claudio Cimetta, Colin Little, and Soulla McFall

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is fast evolving the way in which it engages with business and administers the law based on a concept of "justified trust". The development of Law Companion Guidelines (LCGs) and Practical Compliance Guidelines (PCGs) are examples of the way in which it is seeking to manage significant or emerging risks to the revenue given its available resources and desire for real time administration. LCGs and PCGs, as well as Taxpayer Alerts, set out the ATO's position on potential risk areas thereby allowing taxpayers to take this into account in their behaviours, activities, or transaction structures. We'll discuss:

  • What is "justified trust"? What is a LCG, a PCG, and a Taxpayer Alert?
  • What are the risk issues identified by the ATO, with a focus on multinational tax issues?
  • Reconciling the ATO views with your acceptable level of risk.
  • Practical implications for multinational companies operating in Australia.

Find out details of these guidelines to swim safely between the flags.

M&A Tax
Tax considerations and tax-free post-acquisition corporate restructuring: A focus on India, Japan, and Korea

10 November 2016
Host: Danny Po
Presenters: Yoshitaka Hasegawa, Shripal Lakdawala, and Sung Soo Woo

As part of the post-merger integration of a global, regional, or domestic acquisition, there could be different forms of corporate restructuring and substantial income tax as well as indirect taxes may be incurred. Tax-free internal restructuring may be available, but subject to the satisfaction of prescribed conditions. We'll discuss:

  • Overview of corporate restructuring with a focus on India, Japan, and Korea.
  • Considerations to be made to address the fair value for tax, cost base step up, and deductibility of capital losses.
  • Practical case studies and lessons learned.

Stay informed about these significant tax considerations and gather insights into how they may affect your decisions in the next transaction.

Indirect Tax
VAT / GST implementations: Hard lessons for soft landings

25 October 2016
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: K Baskar, Kok Fei Ha, Bruce Hamilton, and Robert Tsang

Many countries are either introducing new VAT and GST rules (India, Malaysia, countries in the Middle East), or evolving their own approach to drive better indirect tax compliance amongst taxpayers (China, Singapore, Australia, and others). What are the keys to successful VAT / GST implementations? What lessons can your business take from these experiences? If you are deploying teams from China or Southeast Asia to help with VAT / GST implementations in India and the Middle East, what approach works best? We'll discuss:

  • Latest GST developments, law, guidance, and decisions.
  • The good practices to follow and the pitfalls to avoid.
  • Next steps to consider.

Understand more on the VAT and GST developments and find out how your business can manage indirect taxes more effectively.

India Spotlight
Update on recent Indian transfer pricing cases and their impact

13 October 2016
Host: S.P. Singh
Presenters: Sanjay Kumar and Shuchi Ray

Tax tribunals and courts in India have made a number of judicial pronouncements on transfer pricing issues during the past 6 months. Some of them have been landmark in content, addressing fundamental concepts of transfer pricing, and thereby they contribute significantly towards the development of transfer pricing law and practice. Some of these decisions have also gained international traction and are being quoted in international tax lexicons for their profundity and analysis. We'll discuss the following cases:

  • Instrumentarium Corporation: Tribunal (Special Bench) order on principle of "base erosion".
  • CUB: Delhi High Court order on situs of foreign trademark owned by a foreign company.
  • Ranbaxy: Tribunal (Delhi Bench) order on foreign tested party.
  • Oracle: Delhi High Court order on payment of excess royalty.

Stay up to date with the latest developments on transfer pricing cases in India.

M&A Tax
Tax considerations of pre-deal restructuring: Focus on China, Japan, and India

27 September 2016
Host: Danny Po
Presenters: David Bickle, Pushkar Khire, and William Lee

To facilitate a deal completion, certain corporate restructuring exercises, such as business carve-out and debt selldown, would have to be conducted from both the seller's as well as the potential buyer's perspective. Other major stakeholders' interests, including major creditors and senior executives, would also need to be taken care of. There could be significant tax liabilities and risks arising from these pre-deal corporate restructuring exercises. In the previous quarter, we illustrated case studies in Australia, Korea, and Southeast Asia. In this quarter, we will continue the discussion of this topic with a focus on China, Japan, and India. We'll discuss:

  • Local tax law and regulations relevant to corporate restructuring in a deal context.
  • The best practice in managing tax liabilities and risks from both the seller's and the buyer's perspectives.
  • Anti-avoidance rules.
  • Practical case studies and lessons learned.

Stay informed about these significant tax considerations and gather insights into how they may affect your decisions in the next transaction.

Industries – Financial Services
Developments in VAT financial services rules: Everything is changing

22 September 2016
Host: Michael Velten
Presenters: Sarah Chin, Senthuran Elalingam, and Robert Tsang

Indirect tax rules in respect of financial services entities become ever more complex across Asia Pacific. New rules inaugurated in China in May 2016, India's dual GST, and Malaysia's one year old GST, are stirring up waves of changes. Even mature VAT and GST systems like Singapore, continue to refine and adapt rules. What are all these changes and what trends are emerging that you should be aware of? We'll discuss:

  • China's new rules that tax a broad range of financial services, foregoing the approach of exemption adopted in many countries. How is the experience of these new rules shaping up?
  • What will India do when it introduces dual GST in this sector?
  • Malaysian financial institutions grapple with the now one year-old GST as the new tax beds down. What are the impacts so far?
  • What are the rules that the mature VAT and GST systems like Singapore are refining and adapting?

Gain insights from Deloitte experts on how major changes in indirect tax rules are impacting financial services firms.

China Spotlight
China tax update: Issues, challenges, and opportunities

8 September 2016
Host: Sarah Chin
Presenters: Victor Li and Jennifer Zhang

Despite growing at a slower rate than before, China continues to be a key priority for global multinationals. Constantly monitoring and being on top of recent developments in the local tax system is a must. What are the issues, challenges, and opportunities from the recent local developments? We'll discuss:

  • Effective ways to structure and finance investments in China.
  • Implementation of efficient supply chain and repatriation planning, and address traps for the unwary.
  • The trends in the approach taken by China's State Administration of Taxation.

Learn about the latest China's tax developments impacting multinationals.

Transfer Pricing
Australia's new diverted profits tax: Are you prepared?

6 September 2016
Host: Paul Riley
Presenters: Claudio Cimetta and Geoff Gill

Australia's recently announced diverted profits tax (DPT) is intended to discourage profit shifting to offshore entities that lack economic substance and to provide the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with significant additional leverage when resolving disputes. The Australian DPT will be modelled on the UK DPT and is likely to be a "game changer", especially in light of how we have seen the ATO operating recently. We'll discuss:

  • The basis for the introduction of the DPT in the Australian political and tax environment.
  • The key features of the proposed DPT regime.
  • Approaches to the issue of economic substance.
  • Practical implications for multinational companies operating in Australia.

Find out how these changes will affect your business and their likely practical implications.

India Spotlight
Tax impact of Indian Accounting Standards (IndAS)

1 September 2016
Host: Vijay Dhingra
Presenters: Sunder Iyer, Geeta Ramrakhiani, Harsha Rawal, and Krishnamani Subramanian

Many Indian companies are required to adopt the new Indian Accounting Standards (IndAS) in a phased manner. IndAS brings in the concept of fair valuation and much more rigour in accounting for a transaction in accordance with its substance, rather than form. This raises the potential for notional income or expenses to be recognised for accounting purposes. But how will IndAS impact the calculation of taxable income for Indian tax purposes? We'll discuss:

  • Which companies are required to adopt IndAS?
  • Income tax treatment of accounting notional items.
  • Permanent vs. timing differences.
  • Impact on minimum alternate tax (MAT) and withholding tax obligations.

Gain a better understanding of the new Indian Accounting Standards and how they might impact your Indian tax position.

Global Mobility, Talent & Rewards
North Asia spotlight: Challenges and opportunities for outbound mobility for companies in the region

30 August 2016
Host: Homi Mistry
Presenters: Russell Bird, Joe Choi, and David Luo

North Asia is home to the headquarters of many Asia-founded multinational corporations who are expanding their operations and sales to locations outside of the HQ country, both in Asia and outside the Asia region. What can be learnt from their challenges and experiences when implementing mobility policies to send employees from Asia to the rest of the world? With our speakers from China, Korea, and Japan drawing on the experiences of their outbound clients, we'll discuss:

  • Managing immigration and compliance risks and exposure for outbound assignees.
  • What are the approaches to mobility policies, dealing with tax equalization and similar for outbound assignees from North Asia?
  • What can be done to help Asia-outbound assignees deal with the cultural and different business styles outside of their home countries?
  • What are the regulatory, corporate, and other pitfalls to be avoided?
  • What trends are we seeing in the global mobility functions in the region as more Asia-HQ businesses try to grow beyond Asia?

Learn new perspectives on the mobility of employees as we focus on the nuances of moving people from business based in North Asia to the rest of the world.

International Tax
Expansion of source country corporate income tax jurisdiction: Deemed permanent establishments (PEs), enhanced transfer pricing, and similar unilateral BEPS changes

23 August 2016
* Length of webcast: 75 minutes
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Leonard Khaw, Rohinton Sidhwa, Cam Smith, and Manu Sriskantharajah

The "source country vs. residence country" jurisdictional debate is not formally part of the BEPS project – but it has caused a significant amount of the friction in the project. This has been exacerbated by a number of source countries making unilateral law changes which might be viewed as going beyond the consensus position which was agreed in the BEPS Reports. We will review the major examples of such unilateral law changes:

  • Deemed PEs under

– The UK's Diverted Profits Tax (DPT)

– Australia's Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law

  • Expansion of source concepts in regard to digital transactions: Israel and Turkey
  • Equalization levy: India
  • Enhanced transfer pricing

– "Upfront" taxation on "diverted profits", in support of transfer pricing rules: DPT in the UK and Australia

– China's draft "value contribution allocation method"

  • Interaction with double tax treaties

Gain an understanding of the major examples of BEPS-inspired source country unilateral law changes.

Transfer Pricing
Value chain analysis: Definitions and methods

18 August 2016
Host: Fiona Craig
Presenters: David Bell, Arindam Mitra, and Alan Shapiro

Governments around the world are increasingly demanding that multinationals align transfer pricing outcomes with economic substance. The result has been a greater focus on how the value generated by functions, assets and particularly the assumption of risks is attributed to different tax jurisdictions. We'll discuss:

  • What is value chain analysis and how is it consistent with the arm's length principle.
  • How a value chain analysis using a profit split based on economic drivers aligns with the new BEPS requirements.
  • How a value chain analysis can help you prepare for government inquiries.

Learn about these important developments and ways to plan for the new global tax environment.

India Spotlight
Using the limited liability partnership (LLP) option for tax and regulatory efficiencies

28 July 2016
Host: Hemal Zobalia
Presenters: Promod Batra, Jimit Devani, and Rashmi Maskara

The LLP entity was introduced into India in 2008. It has gained more prominence over the last two years, with the number of registered LLPs increasing substantially during that period. This unique form of business entity integrates the features of corporations and partnerships, offering cost efficiency and operational flexibility. The Indian government has promoted the use of LLPs by issuing FAQs and guidance, as well as simplifying the process for setting-up an LLP. We'll discuss:

  • An overview of using an LLP for inbound investment into India.
  • How an LLP provides tax cost efficiency – a saving of 20% dividend distribution tax and tax structuring options.
  • Cross-border issues.
  • Practical case studies.

Understand the technical and practical implications and opportunities from using an LLP for inbound investment into India.

International Tax
Japan's Authorized OECD Approach (AOA): What does Japan's new AOA rules mean for permanent establishments?

21 July 2016
Host: Gary Thomas
Presenters: Sam Gordon and Mickey Vandre

Japan's adoption of the Authorized OECD Approach for attributing income to Permanent Establishments (PEs) into domestic law makes Japan an important first mover in Asia adopting key OECD PE principles into domestic law. The new Japanese rules are applicable for PEs of corporations for years beginning on or after 1 April 2016 and for individuals beginning from the calendar year 2017. There are key aspects of the new rules that corporations and individuals are seeking to understand to evaluate and apply the rules in the best manner going forward. We'll discuss:

  • The guidance from the OECD report underpinning the new Japanese rules.
  • The new domestic law and how it interacts with some of Japan's key tax treaties.
  • The mechanics of attributing income (and capital) under the new approach.
  • The specific implications for PEs of foreign financial services firms and professional services firms.
  • Implications for firms evaluating PE risk.
  • Practical considerations for taxpayers.

Gain an understanding of the new Japanese rules as well as their impact on tax compliance, risk management, and how one of the region's key countries is adopting key OECD PE principles into domestic law.

Industries – Financial Services
Common reporting standard (CRS) in Asia Pacific: Developments and next steps

14 July 2016
Host: Michael Velten
Presenters: Candy Chan, Nalee Kang, Brian Mayer, and Alison Noble

CRS commencement is just over a year away for the Wave 2 countries in Asia Pacific. In a number of jurisdictions, local regulation and guidance is pending which is a crucial input to any project plan. In others, language can be a constraint to a detailed understanding of the local environment. At the same time, there is a need to develop new processes and procedures and prepare customers and staff for a new reporting regime. We'll discuss:

  • Detail of the local regulations in Japan and Korea.
  • Recent developments in Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  • The 15 options: current scorecard in the Wave 2 locations in Asia.
  • Preparing for CRS with 6 months to go: lessons from the Wave 1 countries.
  • Current project focus in Asia and key challenges.

Stay up to date with the latest developments on CRS in these Asia Pacific countries.

Special Edition - Indirect Tax
India releases Model GST law: Ready, get set, go!

30 June 2016
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Anjlika Chopra and M.S. Mani

On 14 June, the Indian government released a Model GST law. India has been grappling with multiple indirect taxes and hence the introduction of GST is a landmark in the country’s taxation regime. Expectations are high that the GST will simplify doing business in India, allowing supply chains to be integrated and aligned, as well as allowing for greater transparency. While the GST Constitution Amendment Bill awaits approval from the Upper House of Parliament, the Ministry of Finance is seeking input and comments from stakeholders on the Model law. What do you need to prepare for this brave new world of GST? We’ll discuss:

  • Technical aspects of the draft law, with a special focus on what businesses should be doing to prepare.
  • Details of other aspects covered in the draft law, including definition of supply for GST; levy and collection of Central GST, State GST, Integrated GST; mechanism for input tax credit; application of exemptions, plus rules on refunds, compliance requirements and transition provisions.

Join our Deloitte experts to find out how the 190 pages of the Model legislation potentially affects your Indian business or supply chain.

Indirect Tax
Indian Service Tax: Exports from India: Current State to Preparing the Way for GST?

28 June 2016
Host: Prashant Deshpande
Presenters: K Baskar and Rajesh Chanchlani

With the expectation growing around a transition to a new GST model, exporters from India face challenges currently claiming refund / rebate of input taxes paid on services or goods exported. What are the challenges and strategies for dealing with these? Will a new GST be a simplifying panacea or will life get even more complex? We'll discuss:

  • A focus on the "now" in service tax law and practice, particularly on claims for refund / rebate and adjustments, and including the introduction of fast track refund procedures.
  • Cases, litigation, and topical points in service tax refund controversy.
  • The transition from service tax to a dual GST – what could this mean for export refund / rebate in practice?

Tune in to learn the complexities of this new tax implementation.

International Tax
BEPS Implementation: Status Report

21 June 2016
* Length of webcast: 75 minutes
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Anis Chakravarty, Leonard Khaw, and David Watkins

The BEPS project has now entered the implementation phase. In this webcast, we will review the progress (both in Asia Pacific and globally) which has been achieved to date. In particular, we'll discuss: 

  • Implementation via domestic tax law amendments (Actions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, and 13): what's being implemented, what's not?
  • Amendments to the OECD's Transfer Pricing Guidelines (Actions 8-10 and 13): which countries have started to implement the changes, and which have not?
  • Double tax treaty changes (Actions 2, 6, 7, and 14): status of the multilateral instrument negotiations and adoption of the changes in bilateral treaties.
  • OECD-led monitoring and reporting process (Actions 5, 11, 13, and 14): global inclusiveness and peer pressure.
  • Progress on the "2016 technical issues" (for example, profit splits and further Action 6 changes).
  • The "BEPS movement": domestic law changes which have been inspired by, but are not part of, the BEPS project.

Find out the current position on the implementation of the world's most significant international tax sea change.

India Spotlight
BEPS Implementation in India: 2016 Budget Announcements

16 June 2016
Host: Anis Chakravarty
Presenters: Tarun Arora and Pritin Kumar

India's Budget 2016 was announced on 29 February and there are updates on BEPS project implementation. India is aiming to reduce BEPS tax planning 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 updates on BEPS from the Budget, and what are the impact and implications that might affect important considerations for MNCs when doing business in India from a BEPS perspective? We'll discuss: 

  • Provisions concerning BEPS in the 2016 Budget, including

– Equalization levy (BEPS Action 1)

– Concessional tax regime from patents (BEPS Action 5)

– General anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) (BEPS Action 6)

– Three tier transfer pricing documentation approach adopted by India (BEPS Action 13)

– Country-by-country (CbC) reporting

  • Emerging trends and what is likely to come.

Be updated on the latest developments on the BEPS project from the 2016 Budget with specific insights on the implications from an Indian perspective.

Tax Management
Tax Data Analytics: A New Era for Tax Planning and Compliance

14 June 2016
Host: Damian Cook
Presenters: Stuart Black and Richard Mackender

Expectations continue to grow for tax departments to operate more efficiently while providing more strategic tax viewpoints to the business. How can tax data analytics help drive these changes? We'll discuss:

  • An overview of data analytics concepts and components.
  • Three areas of value creation through tax data analytics – improving tax operations, impacting tax liabilities, and providing strategic tax insights for decision making across the business.
  • What tax departments can learn from data analytics usage elsewhere in businesses, along with specific examples of tax data analytics insights.

Learn how tax data analytics provides new information and opportunities for tax executives and the broader business.

Special Edition – India Spotlight
India / Mauritius Treaty Amended by Protocol: What's the Impact for Investment into India?

8 June 2016
Host: Sunil Shah
Presenters: Kamlesh Chainani, Pritin Kumar, and Krishnamani Subramanian

In an historic development, the India / Mauritius Double Tax Treaty, which has stood the test of time and survived several controversies, has been amended by a protocol. What are the changes and what will be their impact? We'll discuss:

  • Source country taxation of capital gains on shares – gains on sale of shares in Indian companies acquired after 31 March 2017 will be taxable in India.
  • Consequential repercussions on the capital gains taxation exemption under the India / Singapore treaty.
  • Amendments to other Articles such as the permanent establishment definition, interest, other income, etc.

Gain insights into how these amendments will impact investment and business activities in India and the way forward.

Global Mobility, Talent & Rewards
The Rise of the "Chief Employee Experience Officer": Insights from Deloitte's 2016 Human Capital Trends Report

7 June 2016
Host: Tony Jasper
Presenters: Joe Logudic and Sam Tsang

Sweeping global forces are reshaping the workplace, the workforce, and work itself. Key findings from Deloitte's 2016 Global Human Capital Trends Report would help organizations and their leaders understand these changes. The theme of this year's report, "The new organization: Different by design", reflects a major finding – after three years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and build a meaningful culture, executives see a need to redesign the organization itself, with 92% of survey participants rating this as a critical priority. The "new organization", as we call it, is built around highly empowered teams, driven by a new model of management, and led by a breed of younger, more globally diverse leaders. We'll discuss:

  • Employee experience and the evolving shift for HR leadership from that of "chief talent executive" to "chief employee experience officer".
  • Building a strong learning culture.
  • New models of leadership and career development.
  • The importance of building a strong external employment brand.

Stay ahead of these human capital trends, about how they are changing across the region, and the "new organization".

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