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.