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2014 KPMG Global Indirect Tax Forum  

Evolution or Revolution?

As the pace of change in the world of indirect tax continues to increase, you may find yourself asking some key questions. Are we witnessing the function’s ongoing evolution? Or are we at the dawn of a revolution that is radically changing the way we operate?
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KPMG’s Global Indirect Tax Forum will bring together a range of experts and tax professionals to debate such questions – and their practical implications. Moderated by professional broadcaster and business journalist Matt Cooper, our Forum will begin by exploring the megatrends that are colliding with our world. We will review the global economic and political landscape, and we will ask how legislators, regulators and tax authorities are behaving in a post-crisis world. What political and legislative trends are emerging? And how should we respond?


Our first keynote speaker Professor Stéphane Garelli from the International Institute for Management Development and the University of Lausanne will start the debate. We will build on these views in a panel session involving experts including Mariken van Hilten (Advocate General – Tax, Dutch Supreme Court), and other global professionals. 


As Day One continues, we will explore other key trends that are shaping the world of indirect tax, including trends in business, society, media and technology, and emerging issues involving process automation, artificial intelligence, Big Data and data analytics.


On Day Two, we will take a closer look at the challenges facing the leaders of global indirect tax functions. Matt Cooper will interview a CFO of a leading global business and Angel Martin Gómez (Head of Tax, Telefónica Group), seeking their joint insights on the evolution of the indirect tax function within the broader corporate context.


Mike Camburn (Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG in the UK) will then moderate a session with indirect tax leaders from leading global organization including PMI and Barclays, who will deliver their views on what they have heard so far, along with practical insights and advice of their own.


The plenary sessions will conclude with a look beyond current events and into the future. Helping us make this leap will be keynote speaker Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (Internet Goverance, Oxford), co-author of the best-selling book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. Professor Schönberger will join me and a global head of indirect tax to debate where current trends might lead and what that means for you.


Between plenary sessions, you will enjoy a range of in-depth technical break-out sessions, industry and country roundtables, including a session focusing specifically on the role of Big Data within indirect tax functions. You can visit our Innovation and Insights Zone for one-on-one meetings and general networking with peers and colleagues. You will also have plenty of opportunity for socializing in the relaxed and vibrant city of Amsterdam.


On behalf of KPMG, I look forward to welcoming you to our 2014 Global Indirect Tax Forum.


Tim Gillis

KPMG’s Head of Global Indirect Tax Services and Partner, KPMG in the US

2014 KPMG Global Indirect Tax Forum
23-25 June 2014
Hilton Amsterdam Hotel
Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam
1077 BG, Netherlands

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If you have any questions regarding the Forum arrangements, please contact go-fmindirecttax@kpmg.com.