Indirect Tax
Tax Conference

Embracing change. Transforming for the future.

11 - 25 March 2021
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The 2021 Indirect Tax Conference will be hosted virtually from 11 to 25 March. We’ve designed an interactive programme, with sessions taking place approximately every other day to help balance diaries and screen time. More details can be found in the conference agenda below.

This year’s conference will focus on embracing change and transforming for the future, as we aim to help tax leaders grow in the face of challenges and become ever more resilient in the process.

We’ve welcomed a variety of thought-provoking guest speakers in the past and this time is no different. Andrew Neil will join us to discuss the latest geopolitical news and Pippa Malmgren will share a future-forward view of key global trends and the prowess of new technologies. You will also hear from leading industry experts and Deloitte specialists on Tax issues impacting your organisation.

Conference details

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Breakout session 1 - Thursday, 11 March, 14:00 to 15:00

Retail/Online Consumer Business
An indirect tax update on topical issues for the UK retail sector. The session will explore issues relating to the VAT developments impacting the retail sector (EU VAT e-commerce package, returns and origin, business promotions, no-supply, liability, retail exports, etc.) and a run through of topical case law.

Energy & resources
An overview of topical indirect tax issues for UK and global businesses operating across the energy and resources (E&R) industry. The session will explore post-transition period issues for E&R businesses, practical considerations for businesses in managing their indirect tax compliance with a focus on Making Tax Digital, recent developments in case law relevant to the sector, and indirect taxes and the path to net zero.

VAT compliance update across Europe in 2021
EU Member States need revenue to fund their recovery from COVID-19. This session will provide an update on VAT developments across the 27 EU Member States, as well as Switzerland and Norway. We will focus on the new indirect tax laws and measures that will become effective in 2021 at national level. Topics include e-invoicing via government platforms, one-stop shop compliance, and their impact on VAT obligations. We will also provide some insights into the work of the European Commission. The session is especially useful for companies with VAT compliance obligations across Europe.

Making Tax Digital: The journey so far and what to expect next
With businesses now submitting their VAT returns digitally, and the requirement for digital links applying from 1 April 2021, this session will take stock of the MTD for VAT journey so far, and then also look forward to what more we can expect from the ‘digital reporting’ agenda in the UK and globally.  In the context of MTD, we will discuss how businesses are responding to the new requirements and the choices that can be made to safeguard compliance and prepare for the future.

Managing indirect tax knowledge within your business
Keeping abreast of current tax rules and upcoming developments is vital to efficiently managing the tax function and protecting against penalties and risk. However, the challenge of managing indirect tax knowledge across diverse teams, processes and technologies is reaching a point where traditional approaches struggle to keep pace. This session will look at how you can better identify, collate, share, and apply knowledge across your business landscape.


Breakout session 2 - Friday, 12 March, 14:00 to 15:00

Life sciences & health care
Recent indirect tax developments impacting the sector will be covered, including litigation, Brexit, and changes to HMRC policy. (Registered attendees will be invited to highlight any specific issues that they would like covered.)

Real Estate
This session will cover the domestic reverse charge for construction services which will take effect from 1 March 2021, Revenue & Customs Brief 12 (2020) on early termination fees and compensation payments and how this may effect real estate (dilapidations payments and lease termination, etc.), and provide an update on recent cases and other topical VAT issues affecting the real estate sector.

Social housing: Hot topics and focus areas
An overview of key focus areas within the social housing sector based on our experience and dealings with HMRC, including managing VAT costs on development projects (including design and build, golden brick, and areas for HMRC challenge), joint ventures, domestic reverse charge, partial exemption, and Making Tax Digital.

Trading goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol
A discussion of the customs and VAT aspects of the Northern Ireland Protocol, in particular the rules and practical issues involved in moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland. The session will cover the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and between Northern Ireland and the EU. It will also include the particular issues arising where goods are moving between Great Britain and the EU via Northern Ireland.

Managing customs obligations in the context of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement
This session will consider the new rules, how they are being applied and what this means in practice for your supply and distribution chains, the processes for claiming zero tariffs on non-specific and product specific goods, including what supporting documentation and suppliers’ declarations you need, and what you can do to mitigate the impacts and associated costs of the new rules on your business.

Global business services and indirect tax
The adoption of global business services (GBS) and shared service centre (SSC) models is increasingly relevant to tax functions as the demands to control cost and efficiency increase, and the barriers to adoption decrease. This session is aimed at organisations at all stages of their GBS and SSC adoption: from “still thinking about it” through to “How I do take it to the next level?”.  We will share the latest trends in management, process, and technology for indirect tax functions.

Indirect tax engines and their relevance
A practical look at why more businesses are adopting indirect tax engines in the UK and Europe. We will explore how both the motives for automating tax determination have changed and how the tax engine technologies are evolving in response. The session will consider both the current landscape and what we expect to see in the coming years.


Breakout session 3 - Tuesday, 16 March, 15:00 to 16:00

The digital economy: Navigating an uncertain tax landscape
The pace of indirect tax change shows no sign of slowing down as governments and international organisations search for new ways to tax the digital economy. This session will reflect on recent changes, as well as those in the pipeline, including global VAT/GST changes, recent digital services tax updates, advertising levies, and the taxation of the sharing economy. We will be joined by TMT VAT and DST specialists, as well as guest country speakers, to provide valuable local insight into the latest position and challenges faced by businesses.

VAT issues for travel and hospitality businesses
A focus on topical indirect tax issues affecting the travel sector, relevant for airlines, hotel groups, travel agents and tour operators. (Registered attendees will be invited to highlight any specific issues that they would like covered.)

Outsourcing Customs compliance
This session will look into the key considerations when outsourcing Customs compliance, including: how are you engaging with your third parties (KPIs, SLAs and representation); roles and responsibilities – importer, exporter, declarant; managing ongoing feedback; and building confidence with HMRC (documented processes, review and escalation process, BRR).

Making Tax Digital: The journey so far and what to expect next
With businesses now submitting their VAT returns digitally, and the requirement for digital links applying from 1 April 2021, this session will take stock of the MTD for VAT journey so far, and then also look forward to what more we can expect from the ‘digital reporting’ agenda in the UK and globally.  In the context of MTD, we will discuss how businesses are responding to the new requirements and the choices that can be made to safeguard compliance and prepare for the future.


Breakout session 4 - Thursday, 18 March, 15:00 to 16:00

Retail payments: Going digital
An exploration of the indirect tax impact of recent market developments in attracting and retaining consumer spending through ‘buy now pay later’ and virtual currency offerings from a VAT perspective.

Trading goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol
A discussion of the customs and VAT aspects of the Northern Ireland Protocol, in particular the rules and practical issues involved in moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland. The session will cover the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and between Northern Ireland and the EU. It will also include the particular issues arising where goods are moving between Great Britain and the EU via Northern Ireland.

VAT compliance update across Europe in 2021
EU Member States need revenue to fund their recovery from COVID-19. This session will provide an update on VAT developments across the 27 EU Member States, as well as Switzerland and Norway. We will focus on the new indirect tax laws and measures that will become effective in 2021 at national level. Topics include e-invoicing via government platforms, one-stop shop compliance, and their impact on VAT obligations. We will also provide some insights into the work of the European Commission. The session is especially useful for companies with VAT compliance obligations across Europe.

Global trade for indirect tax practitioners
With the departure of the UK from the EU and ongoing global trade developments, such as retaliatory tariffs, many VAT practitioners are becoming more involved in global trade issues and need to understand customs duty and global trade concepts and rules. With this in mind, we have produced an introductory session, led by our Global Trade Advisory specialists, in which we will talk through the fundamentals of customs and global trade and what indirect tax practitioners need to know to have a greater understanding of customs and global trade requirements.

Indirect tax operating models
In this session we will discuss the latest evolution and trends in indirect tax operating models, where we now see a full spectrum from fully insourced models through to indirect tax functions that are in part operated by third parties. We will look at the drivers for change and why businesses are increasingly looking to transform their indirect tax functions, the different models in play and how these have evolved over the past few years, the technology considerations that underpin effective indirect tax operating models, and some thoughts on future emerging trends.


Breakout session 5 - Tuesday, 23 March, 15:00 to 16:00

Current issues and case law update
A review of recent developments, including legislation and HMRC policy and practice, and an overview of the most significant UK and CJEU indirect tax cases of 2020, and their implications for business, policy and practice. We will also look ahead to the most important cases coming up in the next year.


Our speakers

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

Chairman of The Spectator. Former Editor of The Sunday Times and BBC political presenter

Philippa Malmgren

Philippa Malmgren

Co-Founder of H Robotics. Member of the UK Department of International Trade and the Global Strategic Trends group of the Ministry of Defence.

Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson

Partner, Head of UK Indirect Tax

Caroline Barraclough

Caroline Barraclough

Partner, Indirect Tax

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Ben Powell

Ben Powell

Partner, UK Public Sector Tax Leader

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Jane Curran

Jane Curran

Partner, Indirect Tax

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Adam Gray

Partner, Indirect Tax

Kendra Hann

Kendra Hann

Partner, Head of Global Indirect Tax

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Gareth Pritchard

Gareth Pritchard

Partner, Indirect Tax

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