08:00 – 13:30 Client and KPMG network meetings
11:00 – 18:00

Innovation and Insights Zone open

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 Plenary 1

The new reality

In our opening plenary session, we will explore key trends and events influencing the world of indirect tax. We will seek to answer the question: are we witnessing the rapid evolution of the indirect tax world – or is this indeed a revolution?

Matt Cooper (professional broadcaster, journalist and Forum moderator) will welcome delegates to the Forum and introduce our KPMG host Leo Mobach (Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG Meijburg & Co, in the Netherlands).

Leo’s opening address will highlight our Forum’s key themes: the rising importance of indirect tax as a revenue-raising instrument, a fast-changing political environment, new views on business tax within society, a challenging media climate and business climate, a tougher tax authority culture, and the quick pace of regulatory change.

Leo will then zero in on the theme of technological change and its impact on governments, businesses and people who manage taxes. Leo will pose the key question for our Forum: Does all of this add up to evolution – or revolution?

Our keynote speaker, Professor Stéphane Garelli (International Institute for Management Development and University of Lausanne) will kick off the debate, which we will build on in a panel session involving experts including Mariken van Hilten (Advocate General  – Tax, Dutch Supreme Court), Dermot Gaffney (Head of Indirect Tax Services, KPMG in Australia) and Karl-Heinz Haydl (Global VAT/GST Technical and Policy Leader, General Electric Company). 


Our panel session will explore other key trends that are influencing the world of indirect tax, including business, social, media and technological trends – especially in terms of process automation, artificial intelligence, Big Data and data analytics.

To close the first plenary session, Matt Cooper will interview Tim Gillis (KPMG’s Head of Global Indirect Tax Services and Partner, KPMG in the US). Together they will reflect on the issues raised so far, and Tim will give his views on the evolution versus revolution debate.

15:15 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00 Break-out sessions – A choice of four sessions
  1. Indirect tax regulatory activity in new and emerging markets


How do tax authorities think and act in new and emerging markets? In this session, we will put the spotlight on the indirect tax compliance policies and practices of the tax authorities in Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific, including some of the innovative methods they are using to establish whether taxpayers are paying the right tax at the right time in the right place. We will share the results of a recent KPMG global survey on this issue and discuss how its findings should influence your company’s approach to compliance.

  1. The New Union Customs Code – a revolution in the making?


The new Union Customs Code will come into force on 1 May 2016 and the EU legislation will apply directly in all EU Member States. With the draft implementing and delegating acts already published in January 2014, customs valuations will see significant changes despite the negotiations still to take place. Global businesses need to review and potentially transform their business models or risk unknown consequences. We will present a roadmap for navigating this regulatory revolution.

  1. New indirect tax systems, new developments and new business models – how to effectively manage change


The changing regulatory environment is reshaping the way indirect taxes are managed - whether change consists of whole new indirect tax systems like we are currently seeing in China and Malaysia; new developments in existing systems such as those in Canada; or even new business models or products. In this session, we will examine how to effectively implement changes while managing risk, and speculate about the major regulatory changes to affect indirect taxes over the next 5 years.


The session will be moderated by Lachlan Wolfers (Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Indirect Taxes, and Indirect Tax Leader, KPMG in China) who will be joined by John Bain (Indirect Tax Leader, KPMG in Canada), Bob Kee (Indirect Tax Leader, KPMG in Malaysia) and Shirley Shen (Senior Manager, KPMG in China),

  1. The Regulatory agenda – BEPS, tax transparency, morality and indirect tax


Corporate social responsibility, tax governance, enhanced transparency with tax authorities and “fair share” tax accountability – all of these topics have become sources of increasingly heated public debate. As indirect tax rates increase and create more potential for revenue growth, where do indirect taxes fit in the debate? And as the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative works through its comprehensive action plan, how could the outcome affect how your company manages VAT?  Leading the panel will be Niall Campbell (Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG in Ireland) who will be joined by Leo Mobach (Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG Meijburg & Co, in the Netherlands) and guest presenter Arthur Kerrigan (VAT Policy Consultant) will explore these and other questions arising from a fast-evolving regulatory agenda.


Innovation and Insights Zone closes

18:00 Cocktail reception
19:30 Delegates depart for informal dinners

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

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