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20 May
2014
  Winds of Change in International Tax Rules -
A Singapore Perspective
Singapore Marriott Hotel

Mark your diaries for Tax Academy’s upcoming international tax conference “Winds of Change in International Tax Rules
- A Singapore Perspective” !

Over the past year, international tax issues have garnered unprecedented attention and debate following the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting project. Join us in this conference as we bring together top government and industry representatives to share the international tax developments and discuss the impact for Singapore’s international tax and investment policies and rules.

More details will be available. Mark your diaries and reserve your seats at the conference.
Closing date for registration, 13 May 2014.

Date : 20 May 2014
Time : 9am to 5pm
Venue : Singapore Marriott Hotel, Ballroom III, Level 3 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Seminar Fee : $535 (Fee includes 7% GST)
   
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25 April
2014
  Tax Academy – Law Society Joint Seminar on
Decoding Revenue Cases
NTUC Business Centre

Tax Academy of Singapore and Law Society of Singapore are pleased to jointly present a joint seminar on Decoding Revenue Cases. The Supreme Court of Singapore delivered nine decisions in 2013 concerning income tax and property tax. While the property tax cases dealt with annual value and vacancy refund issues, the income tax cases dealt with taxability, deductibility and exchange of information issues. This seminar aims to provide an overview as well as offer insights by tax practitioners on these revenue cases.

Closing date for registration is 18 April 2014
Please fax or email the completed form to 6253 1214 / seminars@taxacademy.sg to reserve a place and request for invoice

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11 April
2014
  Joint Tax Academy - IFA Singapore Seminar
International Tax Law Series: China at the Crossroads: Discerning the Direction, Navigating the Changes
NTUC Business Centre

IFA Singapore Branch and Tax Academy of Singapore are pleased to jointly present an International Tax Law Series which will feature distinguished speakers on our seminars. Topics covered in the series will include developments in tax law avoidance, tax jurisprudence, tax litigation, debt-equity distinction, beneficial ownership. Each seminar will be led by a leading international tax expert.

The third seminar in this series, “China at the Crossroads: Discerning the Direction, Navigating the Changes”, will be held on 11 April 2014. The seminar will feature Ms Hong Ye, Tax Partner, Deloitte Shanghai, China. In this half day event will Ms Hong will outline the major themes of the Chinese Government’s initiatives to restructure and further open up the economy.

Time: 9.30am to 12.00pm

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14 March
2014
  Tax Academy Budget Seminar 2014
NTUC Business Centre

Save the date ! Mark your diaries for Tax Academy’s Budget Seminar 2014 ! The Singapore Budget Statement will be delivered on 21 February 2014. Join us at the Tax Academy’s Budget Seminar to hear from a team of government and industry representatives as they share on budget changes, business and economic outlook as well as tax updates.

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19 February 2014   Seminar on Withholding Tax
Revenue House

Withholding tax is an area that could be overlooked in light of rapidly growing cross border business transactions. It is crucial for businesses to have good grasp of the withholding tax law, especially where hefty penalties of up to 20% could be imposed for non-compliance. In this seminar, our speakers will share with you practical advice to manage your withholding tax risks, pitfalls to avoid, treaties implications and many more.

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26-27 February 2014   2014 TEI US Tax Conference
York Hotel Singapore

 An informative conference not to be missed !

The Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and the Tax Academy of Singapore (TAS) are pleased to jointly present the TEI US Tax Conference in Singapore on 26 and 27 February 2014. This 2-day event will feature leading US tax experts from Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, who will step participants through the overview and discuss key features of the US tax system and its recent developments.


Closing date for registration: 17 February 2014

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06 December 2013   Maestros’ Series: Fiscal Sociology:
Incidents from the Past, Lessons for the Future ?
Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel

The Tax Academy of Singapore invites you to join Mr Leung Yew Kwong (Principal Tax Consultant, KPMG Singapore) in our upcoming Maestros’ Series “Fiscal Sociology: Incidents from the Past, Lessons for the Future?”, on 6 December 2013.

In this talk, Mr Leung will draw from historical anecdotes and case law to illustrate our historical, economic and social development through the years and how tax might have played its part. The approach of this talk is exploratory which leaves room for you to contribute your alternative views.

Closing date for registration: 25 November 2013

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11 November 2013   Bringing Tax Systems into the 21st Century
Revenue House

Tax Directors today need to be more than good technicians, they also need to be good tax diplomats. How can we move away from a model based on "you win, I lose" and create a "win, win" model, thereby bringing tax systems into the 21st century.

Join Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Owens (Director of the WU Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU), Mr Alan Ross (Head of Tax, PwC), Mr Steve Towers (Asia Pacific Leader - International Tax, Deloitte & Touche LLP), Prof. Sum Yee Loong (Professor of Accounting (Practice) in Singapore Management University), and Ms Lisa Zheng (Regional Tax Director for Asia, Procter & Gamble) at this seminar to examine, the changes in international tax rules in today’s business environment, the measures that governments may take to protect their tax base and rules that they may contemplate to deal with harmful tax competition. The seminar will also discuss where tax systems are heading in the next decade, what are the longer term pressures on tax policy makers and what types of tax systems will allow businesses to create a sustainable growth path in the region.

Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Closing date for registration : 6 November 2013

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1 November 2013   FasTax Series: Getting Stamp Duty Right
Revenue House

Learn Essential Stamp Duty Tips in One Day !

As a professional handling property conveyance matters, do you know the impact of Stamp Duty on conveyance documents? What are the common documentation mistakes that can be avoided? How an audit review is conducted and the consequences of non-compliance ?

Join us at “FasTax Series – Getting Stamp Duty Right”, and hear from the tax authority on what you ought to know.

Intake for 1 November is now open for registration. This workshop aims to equip you with concise information on Stamp Duty matters in just one day! You can also get up close with the tax authority and clarify your questions.



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31 October 2013   Sovereign Immunity and the Extra-territorial Enforcement of Tax & Tax Risk Management
Revenue House

In the last seminar of this series, join us as our first speaker discusses sovereign immunity and the extra-territorial enforcement of tax.

The second half of the seminar will see our second speaker sharing on tax risk management .

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29 October 2013
2pm to 5pm
  Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): What the OECD/G20 BEPS Project Means for International Tax Rules
Revenue House

With the publication of the OECD's Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in July this year and the strong endorsement of this plan by the G20 in September, an intense global debate has begun on the future of international tax rules !

Join us at this seminar led by Ms. Mary Bennett, who will share insights into the significance of the BEPS project - the driving forces behind it, the challenges involved in delivering on its promises, and the potential it holds for introducing major changes to the long-established principles under which taxpayers and tax administrations alike have operated. To register your interested in the seminar, please complete the attached registration form and fax or email to 6253 1214 / seminars@taxacademy.sg by 21 October 2013.


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2 October 2013   Controversies in Transfer Pricing- How they arise and best practices to manage
Revenue House

Transfer pricing ranks as the number one* issue facing corporate tax payers today.
Join us, as we understand and learn how to navigate through transfer pricing “controversies”.

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30 September
2013
  Anti-Avoidance – A Look Into The Past & Future
Revenue House

The important anti-avoidance case of Comptroller of Income Tax v AQQ is before the Court of Appeal. It is likely that the principles that will be developed from this case will be of lasting influence. Pending the judgment of the Court of Appeal, this seminar will provide a summary of the key cases in the historical development of the anti-avoidance regime in Singapore, the direction given by the High Court, the unresolved questions and the possible future development of the anti-avoidance regime in Singapore.


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30 August
2013
  Income Tax Objections & Appeals
Facts & Evidence (SEMINAR IS FULL)
Revenue House

In the first half of this seminar, Mr Liu Hern Kuan will seek to outline the income tax objection and appeal process. Important issues will also be highlighted. A/P Darren Koh will, in the second half of this seminar, focus your mind on the fact that whenever we undertake tax planning, whenever we prepare a computation, we need to have a reasonable basis for the position that we are taking in the transaction, or in the computation that is submitted. More importantly we need to be able to prove it!


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1 August
2013
  Shipping and Corporate Residence - Shipping Industry Insights & Determination of Tax Residence (SEMINAR IS FULL)
Revenue House

Shipping is the most important mode of international transport, facilitating 90% of world trade. Our speakers, who together have over 4 decades of experience in advising on taxation, will jointly share their practical insights on this industry. In this seminar, our speaker will be speaking on Corporate Residence, including the common law concept of “central management and control’, which is commonly used in the determination of tax residence in many countries, including Singapore and cases contributing to the evolution of the concept will be discussed.


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November 2013 to
May 2014
  Technical series:
Specialised topics in International Tax Planning
Revenue House

Are you looking to enhance your knowledge through attending a series of lectures where various pertinent international tax planning topics are being discussed? A buffet of topics ranging from hybrid instruments, beneficial ownership, permanent establishment to holding company structures are available for your pick.

Look no further than the Technical series: Specialised Topics in International Tax Planning!

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10 September
2013
  GST Risks Management starts with ASK (CLASS IS FULL)
Revenue House

As a GST registered business, are you searching for effective methods to manage your GST risks and avoid common pitfalls? Have you discovered past GST errors and would like to find out how IRAS’s Voluntary Disclosure Programme can help reduce your penalties? Join us at the workshop on “GST Risk Management starts with ASK” to learn more!

 

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18 July
2013
  Managing Tax Compliance workshop (CLASS IS FULL)
Revenue House

Are you familiar with the IRAS’ tax compliance framework for corporations and its investigation process and approach ? Do you know what are considered fraudulent acts that can cause tax evaders to be convicted under S96/ S96A offence? Hear from IRAS how the Informant reward scheme works.

Join us at the Managing Tax Compliance Workshop to find out more !

 

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June to September
2013
  FasTax - Learn Essential Tax Tips in One Day! (CLASS FULL)
Revenue House

Are you sufficiently equipped to deal with Corporate Tax or GST? In your role as an in-house tax professional or a tax agent, do you know the tax obligations of your company or client? What are the common filing mistakes that can be avoided? What are the consequences you may face in non-compliance ? Join us at our FasTax Series - Hear from the tax authority on what you ought to know. This workshop aims to equip you with concise information on tax filing in just one day! You can also get up close with the tax authority and clarify your tax questions.


CLASSES ARE FULL
Administrative Details:

Date : June, July, August September 2013
Registration : 8.30 to 8.55am
Workshop : 9.00am to 5.00pm
Fee : $299.60 (includes GST)


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22 - 23 May
2013
  IRAS-OECD Regional GST/VAT Conference
Marina Mandarin Singapore

Keen to gain insights into the key trends and challenges for implementing and administering GST?
Join us at the IRAS-OECD Regional GST/VAT Conference on 22 and 23 May 2013, at Marina Mandarin Singapore. Hear from leading experts in GST/VAT from both tax authorities and the professional/business community as they explore technical issues arising from international trade in services and intangibles, and more.

Our speakers/panellists include:

Mr. Stéphane Buydens, VAT Policy Advisor, OECD
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Ms. Josephine Drum, Technical Specialist, Interpretive Assistance, Indirect Tax, Australian Taxation Office
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Ms. Marie Pallot, Policy Manager, Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue, New Zealand
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Mrs. Chia-Tern Huey Min, Deputy Commissioner (GST&PPTY), IRAS
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Mr, Koh Soo How, Tax Partner, PWC Singapore
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Professor Michael Walpole, University of New South Wales
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Mr. Kor Bing Keong, Partner GST Services, Ernst & Young Singapore
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Ms. Hoe Ee Hui, Tax Director, IRAS
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Mr. Lam Kok Shang, Partner, Head of Indirect Tax, KPMG Singapore
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Mr. Robert Tsang, Partner, Deloitte Singapore
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Mr. Naoki Oka, Senior Advisor for International Taxation, National Tax Agency, Japan
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Administrative Details:

Date : 22 to 23 May 2013
Venue : Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Fee : S$856 (incl. GST)

Singapore businesses can claim 400% tax deduction or convert 60% of the conference fee (net of government grant or subsidy) into a cash payout under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme!

Conference Details:

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17-18 Oct
2013
  Shaping Tax Policy – The Global Landscape
Dublin Castle, Ireland

The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Irish Tax Institute (ITI) will jointly host a Global Tax Policy Conference in Dublin Castle on 17-18 October 2013. This will be a truly global event with leading international speakers and will be a “must attend” conference for those with an interest in tax policy and administration.

The title for the conference is “Shaping Tax Policy – The Global Landscape” and the objective is to provide attendees with expert perspectives on the challenges to be addressed across the world by tax policy makers.

Confirmed speakers include Pascal Saint-Amans Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration; Nina Olson USA National Taxpayer Advocate; Carlo Cottarelli Director of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department; Ireland’s Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan; Philip Kermode Director of the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Directorate General; Chris Wales Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation; Josephine Feehily Chairman of the OECD Forum on Tax Administration and Irish Revenue, John Whiting, current Tax Technical Director with CIOT and incoming HMRC non-exec Board member, and South African Revenue Commissioner Oupa Magashula.

The Conference should be of interest to those with an interest in the formulation of tax policy – this includes: policy makers; officials from Treasury and Revenue authorities; tax practitioners; academics; fiscal economists; corporate heads of tax/policy.

The conference will be held in the very prestigious Dublin Castle and the Conference Dinner is in St Patrick’s Hall in the Castle – the venue for the inauguration of Irish Presidents and State Occasions such as the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.


For more details of the conference, please refer to the link below:

http://www.taxinstitute.ie/ProfessionalDevelopment/GlobalTaxPolicyConference.aspx

For further information please contact Jackie O Dowd jodowd@taxinstitute.ie or +353 16631726


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2 - 4 April
2013
  Asia-Pacific Regional Tax Conference
Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore

IFA Singapore and Tax Academy of Singapore proudly present the first Asia-Pacific Regional Tax Conference to be held from 2-4 April 2013.

Supported by IFA US, this conference represents a unique forum for tax practitioners, tax administrators, tax policymakers and academics to discuss current key issues on Asia-Pacific taxation. The Conference will feature leading international and regional tax experts as well as representatives of a number of tax authorities in the Asia-Pacific region. The keynote address will be on global trends and developments in international tax anti-avoidance. The plenary sessions will include developments in Asia-Pacific tax policy and administration, permanent establishment rules, business restructuring and the resolution of tax disputes.

A feature of the Conference will be a series of workshop seminars that will explore in detail aspects of the main topics. Issues such as beneficial ownership, GAAR developments (including India's GAAR), indirect transfers and APAs will be considered. The programme will conclude with a discussion by a panel of respected Asia-based tax directors on practical strategies to manage tax in Asia. A series of post-seminar workshops will be held on topics such as regulatory and tax developments impacting funds, investment in China, transfer pricing trends and developments and wealth management in Asia.

Conference Details:

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25 March
2013
  Budget Seminar 2013
NTUC Business Centre Auditorium

Singapore is one of the most competitive economies in the world. In today’s challenging global business climate, how can Singapore continue to restructure and remain attractive as an investment location? What are the opportunities arising from Budget 2013 for businesses? Join us at the Tax Academy’s Budget Seminar to hear from a team of government and business representatives and economists as they share on the business and economic outlook as well as challenges for Singapore. The seminar will explain the policy rationale and technical treatment for the various tax measures, share on overview of global and Singapore economic outlook, and the macro issues arising from Budget 2013. The plenary sessions will include topics centred around fiscal and manpower policies, implications on Singapore as a business location, insights and implications of the major tax changes.

Our speakers and panelists include,

Ms. Selena Ling, OCBC Bank
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Mr. Gautam Banerjee, Blackstone Singapore
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Mr. Lim Swee Nian, Singapore Economic Development Board
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Dr. Thia Jang Ping, Ministry of Trade and Industry
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Ms. Sim Siew Moon, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
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Ms. Doreen Tan, Ministry of Finance
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Ms. Chai Sui Fun, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
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Ms. Chow Wai Yee, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
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Ms. Ling Hue Miin, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
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Ms. Linda Cheng Lin, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
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18 March
2013
  Tax Updates Series: Seminar on US Tax Reforms
Revenue House

The Tax Academy is pleased to invite you to join Professor H. David Rosenbloom and Mr Scott D. Michel at this seminar on US Tax Reforms. The speakers will provide a comprehensive review of U.S. tax issues and international tax policy, including,

- recent legislation,
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- prospects for cross border developments,
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- current tax treaty policies and issues,
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- the foreign tax credit vs. a territoriality based system,
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- the very active area of international enforcement, particularly as regards ongoing investigations of the worldwide financial community by the Justice Department and the IRS concerning Americans with money offshore,
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- developments in international information gathering and the IRS Whistleblower program, and
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- FATCA.
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Administrative Details:

Date : 18 March 2013
Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue : Auditorium at Revenue House, Level 5 55 Newton Road, Singapore 307987/td>
Fee : $96.30 (incl. 7% GST)

Closing date for registration: 4 March 2013

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24 January
2013
  Seminar Withholding Tax
Revenue House

Withholding tax is an area that could be overlooked in light of rapidly growing cross border business transactions. It is crucial for businesses to have good grasp of the withholding tax law, especially where hefty penalties of up to 20% could be imposed for non-compliance.

The Tax Academy of Singapore is pleased to invite you to this half-day seminar on withholding tax, where our speakers from IRAS and PwC will share with you practical advice including how to manage your withholding tax risks and obligation, pitfalls to avoid, tax treaties implications, how businesses can recover the withholding tax amount from non-resident recipients. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with the speakers on withholding tax issues encountered during the course of their work.

Closing date for registration: 17 January 2013

Administrative Details:

Date : 24 January 2012
Registration : 8.30am to 8.55pm
Workshop : 9.00am to 12.15pm
Venue : Courage Training Room, 55 Newton Road, Revenue House Basement 1 (B1) S(307987)
Fee : $96.30(includes GST)

 

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6 December
2012
  GST Risks Management Starts with ASK
Revenue House

Launched on 1 April 2010, the GST Assisted Self-Help Kit (ASK) is a self assessment package designed specially by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for GST registered businesses to manage GST risks in an effective manner. The Tax Academy of Singapore is pleased to present this workshop on GST Risks Management Starts With ASK.

The workshop will feature GST experts from IRAS who will share with businesses on how to use ASK as a holistic approach to managing GST risks and to avoid the common GST pitfalls. Practical examples will be used to illustrate how to use ASK application. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with IRAS experts how best to secure GST compliance through ASK.

Closing date for registration: 3 Dec 2012

Administrative Details:

Date : 6 December 2012
Time : 9.00am – 12.00noon
Venue : Discovery Training Room, Basement 1 Revenue House, Singapore 307987
Fee : $192.60 (incl. GST)
Seminar fees include materials and teabreak.

 

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29 November 2012   FasTax Series: Getting GST Right
Revenue House

The focus of this 1-day workshop is to help businesses understand the importance of getting GST right and offer practical assistance to its staff in the preparation of GST returns.

Participants will hear from our speakers the responsibilities of being GST registered, the risks and recovery actions taken if they do not get them right and how these could have been easily prevented. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with the authority on GST issues encountered during the course of their work. The programme will feature by a practical segment conducted by IRAS.

This workshop is designed for: Business Owners, Accountants, Tax Auditors, Managers

Administrative Details:

Date : 30 August 2012
Time : 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue : Discovery Training Room, 55 Newton Road, Revenue House Basement 1 S(307987)
Fee $299.60 (includes GST)
The workshop fee entitles business owners and managers to bring one staff to attend the workshop for free. Teabreaks and lunch will be provided.


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9 November 2012   Recent OECD Work on the meaning of “beneficial owner” And the Permanent Establishment Definition
Sheraton Towers, Singapore

Despite the long history of the concept of permanent establishment, its practical application raises a number of issues. Similarly, the concept of “beneficial owner” found in Articles 10, 11 and 12 of the OECD Model Tax Convention has given rise to different interpretations by courts and tax administrations. The Tax Academy of Singapore is pleased to bring together OECD speakers and international tax experts who will share their insights, helping you get critical information needed to interpret and apply these treaty concepts.

Our speakers and panellists are:

- Mr. Jacques Sasseville (Head of the Tax Treaty Unit, OECD)
- Mr. Steve Towers (Partner, Asia Pacific Leader - International Tax, Deloitte & Touche LLP)
- Mr. Andy Baik (Partner, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP)
- Mr. David Partington (Principal Administrator, Tax Treaties, Transfer Pricing and Financial Transactions   Division, OECD)
- Miss Chai Sui Fun (Assistant Commissioner, Tax Policy & International Tax Division, IRAS)

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6 October 2012   Managing Tax Compliance
Carlton Hotel

The Tax Academy of Singapore and ACCA are pleased to present this seminar on Managing Tax Compliance, which aims to enhance companies’ understanding of IRAS’ compliance approach and also how they can better comply with their tax obligations. Through the seminar, participants will learn first hand from IRAS on the authority’s audit and investigation approaches as well as hear about common findings from its audits and investigations.

Coverage on the seminar will include IRAS’ assessment process, how to report a mistake to qualify for zero penalty or a lower penalty, abuse of tax exemption scheme, capital allowance project, family-owned companies, sharing of tax evasion cases, the investigation process and approach, as well as the informant reward framework.

Closing date for registration: 28 Sep 2012


Administrative Details:

Date : 6 October 2012
Time : 9.00am – 12.00noon
Venue : Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558
Fee : Non ACCA member: $203.30 (incl. GST) - Payment to be made to Tax Academy of Singapore
  ACCA member: $178 (nett) - Payment to be made to ACCA


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9 October 2012   General Anti Avoidance Regulations ("GAAR")
- Impact Analysis
Revenue House

Tax Academy of Singapore and Ernst & Young invite you to join us at this seminar where in experts from Ernst & Young India, UK, Japan & Vietnam will not only discuss the law & issues surrounding the GAAR; but would also cover these aspects in form of case studies. The speakers for the session are - Mr. Gagan Malik, India Tax Desk, Singapore, Mr. Jonathan Stuart-Smith, Japan Tax Desk, Singapore, Mr. Daniel Dickinson, UK Tax Desk, Singapore, Ms. Nhung Tran, Vietnam Tax Desk, Singapore


Administrative Details:

Date : 9 October 2012
Time : 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue : Training Room C, B1, Revenue House, 55 Newton Road, Singapore 307987
Fee : $96.30 (Fee includes 7% GST, seminar materials & refreshments)

Closing date for registration: 1 Oct 2012

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3 October 2012   GST Risks Management Starts with ASK
Revenue House

Launched on 1 April 2010, the GST Assisted Self-Help Kit (ASK) is a self assessment package designed specially by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for GST registered businesses to manage GST risks in an effective manner. The Tax Academy of Singapore is pleased to present this workshop on GST Risks Management Starts With ASK.

The workshop will feature GST experts from IRAS who will share with businesses on how to use ASK as a holistic approach to managing GST risks and to avoid the common GST pitfalls. Practical examples will be used to illustrate how to use ASK application. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with IRAS experts how best to secure GST compliance through ASK.

Closing date for registration: 25 Sep 2012

Administrative Details:

Date : 3 October 2012
Time : 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue : Belief Training Room, Basement 1 Revenue House, Singapore 307987
Fee : $192.60 (incl. GST)
  Seminar fees include materials and teabreak.

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26 September 2012   Briefing Session on Model Intergovernmental Agreement to Improve Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA
Revenue House

The Tax Academy of Singapore will host a briefing session for business on the “Model Intergovernmental Agreement to Improve Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA” at Revenue House in Singapore on 26 September. Developed by the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and released on 26 July, the model allows the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) through automatic exchange between governments, reduces compliance costs for financial institutions and provides for reciprocity.

The model agreement also calls on the OECD to work with interested countries to adapt the terms of the agreement to create a common model for automatic exchange of information, including the development of reporting and due diligence standards for financial institutions. The briefing session will provide business with an opportunity to hear from key US Treasury officials about the model’s background, operation and latest developments. The model will be presented by Ms. Manal Corwin (Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs, US Department of Treasury) and Mr. Michael Plowgian (Attorney-Advisor, Office of the International Tax Counsel, US Department of Treasury). Representatives from the OECD Secretariat will provide context on related OECD developments in the area of exchange of information. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions.

Administrative Details:

Date : 26 September 2012
Time : 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue : Revenue House, Auditorium (Level 5), 55 Newton Road, Singapore 307987
Fee : $96.30 (inclusive of 7% GST)

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24 September 2012   Tax updates series:
Taxation and Investing in Australia & China
Revenue House


The Tax Academy of Singapore and KPMG are pleased to present this seminar on taxation and investing in Australia and China. The seminar will be led by tax experts from KPMG - Mr. Rick Asquini (Executive Director (Asia Pacific Regional Partner) and Mr. Kenny Chiu (Senior Manager, China desk (Tax)). The seminar will cover

- Investment Environment
- Government Policy Governing Taxation in Australia
- Taxation Issues arising from investing in Australia
- Investment Structures used
- Latest Development in Taxation in Australia
- Overview of the economic environment of China
- Tax Policy update – Update on VAT reform
- Tax considerations on Cross-Border M&A


Administrative Details:

Date : 24 September 2012
Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue : Training Rooms B, B1, Revenue House, 55 Newton Road S(307987)
Fee : $96.30 (Fee includes 7% GST, seminar materials & refreshments)

Closing Date for Registration: 19 Sep 2012
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18 September 2012   The Complete ESOP: Taxation of employee stock options
NTUC Business Centre

The Tax Academy of Singapore and Law Society of Singapore are pleased to present this seminar on taxation of employee stock options, which aims to give participants insights into the tax treatment of employee stock options over nearly 40 years covering, options as both employment and as non-employment income, and cross-border issues arising from options. The seminar will also cover every appeal decision by the Income Tax Board of Review and the courts on the subject. Closing date for registration: 11 Sep 2012.

This seminar is designed for: Legal and Tax Professionals, Members of the business and tax community, Academics

Administrative Details:

Date : 18 September 2012
Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue : NTUC Business Centre, Room 801, Level 8, 1 Marina Boulevard,
  Singapore 018989
Fee : $96.30 (incl. 7% GST)

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30 August 2012   FasTax: Getting GST Right
Revenue House

The focus of this 1-day workshop is to help businesses understand the importance of getting GST right and offer practical assistance to its staff in the preparation of GST returns.

Participants will hear from our speakers the responsibilities of being GST registered, the risks and recovery actions taken if they do not get them right and how these could have been easily prevented. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with the authority on GST issues encountered during the course of their work. The programme will feature by a practical segment conducted by IRAS.

This workshop is designed for: Business Owners, Accountants, Tax Auditors, Managers

Administrative Details:

Date : 30 August 2012
Time : 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue : Courage Training Room, 55 Newton Road, Revenue House Basement 1   S(307987)
Fee : $299.60 (includes GST)
The workshop fee entitles business owners and managers to bring one staff to attend the workshop for free. Teabreaks and lunch will be provided.

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30 – 31 October 2012   Upcoming event by IBC: Asia Pacific Transfer Pricing Summit 2012
Swissôtel, The Stamford, Singapore

Further to its acclaimed inaugural launch last year, IBC's Asia Pacific Transfer Pricing Summit is back for more high level TP policy debate and sophisticated technical insights from the best corporate tax leaders in the region, and beyond.

As a supporting organisation Tax Academy of Singapore is happy to offer a 10% discount to all its members! Just quote your VIP Code: FKW52363TXAC upon registration. Discover how to navigate the complexities of transfer pricing in Asia-Pacific and give your business the competitive edge.

Distinguished Speakers Already Confirmed for IBC's Asia-Pacific Transfer Pricing Summit 2012 include:

  • Paul Riley, Managing Partner, Tax, Deloitte
  • Richard Atkinson, General Manager Transfer Pricing, Rio Tinto
  • Li Ying, Tax Director, Siemens
  • Brian Sturtz, Director, International Tax & Transfer Pricing, Walmart
  • Patrick Thompson, Head of Transfer Pricing; APAC & Japan, Morgan Stanley
  • Rohit Agarwal, Head of Tax Function, Vodafone (India)
  • Daniel Chew, Regional Business Tax Manager; Upstream, Shell Petroleum
  • Cindy Li, Tax Director, Microsoft (China)
  • Navin Jain, General Manager Group Taxation, Cairn Energy
  • Masaru Akiyama, Head of Global Tax, Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Jean-Louis, Barsac Regional Tax Director, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Elis Tan, Transfer Pricing, Asia-Pacific, Australasia, AIG

View the full speaker list here.

Presentations from Leading Global MNEs and Regulators including:

Policy Makers
■ OECD ■ UNITED NATIONS ■ IRS (India) ■ IRAS (Singapore)

Corporate TP Leaders
■ Mitsubishi Corporation ■ Vodafone ■ Intel Corporation ■ Microsoft ■ Siemens ■ Barclays Capital
■ Rio Tinto ■ Shell Petroleum ■ Gemalto ■ Standard Chartered Bank ■ Visy Group ■ Morgan Stanley
■ TNT ■ News Corporation ■ Adaro Energy ■ Walmart ■ Alcatel-Lucent ■ Baker Hughes ■ Cairn India
■ Dell Computers ■ Schneider Electric ■ GE Capital ■ PepsiCo ■ AIG

Transfer Pricing Specialists
■ Deloitte ■ Freshfields ■ NERA Economic Consulting ■ RoyaltyStat ■ CRA ■ Finlaysons ■ ktMINE

"This event is the first of its kind in the region, there is nothing else like it. The technical content is really targeted at the experienced background, which was fantastic. A great conference. Please run it every year as I will definitely come back."

S. Smith, TRANSFER PRICING SOLUTIONS , (Delegate in 2011)

To register and claim your discount please click here and use your VIP Code: FKW52363TXAC. Alternatively, call IBC on +44 (0)20 7017 7790, or email kmregistration@informa.com.

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4 August 2012   GST Risks Management Starts with ASK
Carlton Hotel

Launched on 1 April 2010, the GST Assisted Self-Help Kit (ASK) is a self assessment package designed specially by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for GST registered businesses to manage GST risks in an effective manner. The Tax Academy of Singapore and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) are pleased to present this seminar on GST Risks Management Starts With ASK.

The workshop will feature Mrs Eng Li Ming, former GST Director with IRAS. Mrs Eng Li Ming was personally involved in developing ASK in IRAS. At this seminar, she will share with businesses how this “health check” can help companies take proactive steps to improve accuracy of GST return filing, manage GST risks and avoid the common GST pitfalls. Practical examples will be used to illustrate how to use ASK. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with the expert how best to secure GST compliance through ASK.

Administrative Details:

Date : 4 August 2012
Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue : Carlton Hotel Singapore 76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558
Fee : Non member - $203.30 (incl. GST)
  ACCA member - $178 (nett)
The workshop fee entitles business owners and managers to bring one staff to attend the workshop for free. Teabreaks and lunch will be provided.

Closing date for registration is 27 July 2012


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23-24 July 2012   Tax Academy - CPA Australia joint conference
International Tax Forum: Global tax trends and the Asian growth story
Mandarin Orchard Hotel

SAVE THE DATE !

Tax policy changes in US and Asia are posing increasing challenges and real questions to multi-national enterprises that operate across national boundaries. What are the implications for doing business in a rising Asia? What must MNEs do to optimise tax positions? How can they avert tax controversies?

The inaugural International Tax Forum, jointly organised by Tax Academy of Singapore and CPA Australia brings together renowned international tax experts who will share their views on how tax professionals can better respond to the dynamic tax landscape across Asia Pacific.

Day 1 of the forum will feature presentations and plenary sessions that will provide insights into strategic international developments, followed by seminars focusing on key economies in Asia Pacific region. Day 2 will delve deeper into significant topical issues on Transfer Pricing, Tax Due Diligence, Managing Supply Chain and Business Restructuring and how MNEs should respond.

Attend this conference to:

Get up-to-date with the recent international tax policy developments and trends and their implications for Asia
Learn how to take advantage of new tax planning opportunities and overcome challenges for companies operating in Asia

Administrative Details:


Date : 23 - 24 July 2012
Time : 9.00am to 6.00pm (23 July)
  9.00am to 4.00pm (24 July)
Venue : Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Mandarin Ballroom I & II Main Tower - Level 6, 333
  Orchard Road, Singapore

Fees - CPA Australia member
Early bird (by 22 June) : S$585
Standard : S$650
Please fax or email the completed registration form to CPA Australia.

Fees - Non-member
Early bird (by 22 June) : S$770.40*
Standard : S$856*
*Fees include 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Please fax or email the completed registration form to Tax Academy of Singapore.

Mark your calendar for this signature event.

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Click here for registration form for CPA Australia members.

Click here for Registration form for non-members.
 
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26 June 2012   FasTax: Getting Corporate Tax Right
Revenue House

The focus of this 1-day workshop is to help tax agents and in-house tax professionals understand the basics of corporate taxation and offer practical assistance in the preparation of tax computations and the completion of Income Tax Return Form C.

Participants will hear from our speakers the basic corporate tax rules, the tax obligations of a company and a tax agent, and the common filing mistakes that could be avoided. The risks and recovery actions taken for non-compliance will also be highlighted. Participants can also take this opportunity to clarify with the speakers on corporate tax issues encountered during the course of their work. There will be practice exercises on preparation of tax computations. Speakers will be from IRAS.

Closing date for registration: 19 June 2012

Administrative Details:

Date : 26 June 2012
Registration : 8.30 to 8.55am
Workshop : 9.00am to 5.00pm
Fees : $299.60 (includes GST)
Venue : Belief Training Room,
  55 Newton Road, Revenue House Basement 1 (B1), S(307987)

The workshop fee entitles business owners and managers to bring one staff to attend the workshop for free. Teabreaks and lunch will be provided.
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13 June 2012   Recent International Experience with General Anti-Tax-Avoidance Rules
Auditorium@Treasury Building

Seats are fully subscribed!

This is a complimentary seminar.

General anti-tax-avoidance rules are now common and are built from consistent elements. Their operation in practice, however, is often quite idiosyncratic and unpredictable. The Tax Academy is pleased to invite you to join Professor Graeme Cooper who will share with you the following:

Where statutory general anti-avoidance rules are currently operating
The common design features seen practice in various countries in the construction of their GAAR
Case studies on some common kinds of avoidance structures and devices being seen in modern practice
Whether these transactions have survived scrutiny under GAARs and why

The seminar will include a discussion of s.33 of the Singapore Income Tax Act
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18 May 2012   Transfer Pricing Audits in Malaysia: Red Alerts
Revenue House

Tax Academy will be presenting our next regional tax updates series on "Transfer Pricing Audits in Malaysia: Red Alerts". We are pleased to invite you to join Ms. Leow Mui Lee, Head of Transfer Pricing, Executive Director of Taxand Malaysia Sdn Bhd who will share with you the following:

How do the Malaysian tax authorities approach transfer pricing audits
How real is the risk of a transfer pricing audit
Practical aspects of handling a transfer pricing audit in Malaysia
What has been the transfer pricing experience
Red-hot focus areas
How taxpayers are responding to transfer pricing challenges

Administrative Details:


Date : 18 May 2012
Time : 9.30am – 12.00pm
Venue : Training Room D, B1, Revenue House, 55 Newton Road S(307987)
Fee : $96.30
Fee includes 7% GST, seminar materials & refreshments

Closing date for registration is 14 May 2012
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21 May 2012   Tax Updates Series: India Case Law Developments and Noteworthy International Tax Trends
Revenue House

Tax Academy will be presenting our next tax updates series on “India Case Law Developments and Noteworthy International Tax Trends”. We are pleased to invite you to join Mr. Gagan Malik, Partner with Ernst & Young India and Mr. Andy Baik, International Tax Services Partner & leader ASEAN, Ernst & Young Singapore, as they share with you latest trends in India case law developments and international tax. The seminar will discuss:

An overview of upcoming changes in the India Tax Laws (DTC/ GST/ APAs)
Current trends in litigation – hot button issues and recent case laws directly impacting the MNC’s operating or intending to be operate in India.
Transfer Pricing update in India including recent case laws
March 2012 OECD report on Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements (and its implications to international tax planning)
Latest trends in international taxation

Administrative Details:


Date : 21 May 2012
Time : 2.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue : Discovery Room, Revenue House, 55 Newton Road, S(307987)
Fee : $96.30
Fee includes 7% GST, seminar materials & refreshments

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12 April 2012   Regional Tax Updates Series: India Tax Updates
Discovery Room @ Revenue House

Join Mr Mukesh Butani, Chairman and Mr Rajeev Dimri, Leader – Indirect Taxes of BMR Advisors, as they share with you key tax changes in the India Budget 2012, business opportunities / implications for Singapore businesses that have invested and plan to invest in India. The programme includes:

Overview of India's fiscal policy statement
Direct and Indirect Tax proposals – Analysis of key proposals with emphasis on cross border taxation
Dispute Resolution and key takeaways
Reforms and the path ahead
Interactive Q&A

Administrative Details:


Date : 12 April 2012
Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm
Venue : Discovery Room, Revenue House, 55 Newton Road, S(307987)
Fee : $96.30
Fee includes 7% GST, seminar materials & refreshments

Closing Date for Registration: 9 April 2012
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02 April 2012   Budget Seminar 2012
Auditorium@NTUC Business Centre

The Singapore Budget 2012 comes at a time tempered by the uncertainty of global events. Join us at the Tax Academy Budget Seminar to hear from a team of tax and business experts as they share on the business and economic outlook and challenges for Singapore.

A Macro-Economic View on Budget 2012
This year's budget is about helping Singapore stay competitive, and restructuring the economy to sustain growth. Join Mr Manu Bhaskaran, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as he shares with you insights on the macro-economic outlook in the light of post-budget implications. Mr. Melvin Yong, General Manager, CPA Australia Singapore Division will moderate a panel of tax and business representatives as they discuss topics related to productivity growth and measures for growth.

Major Tax Changes
Budget 2012 contains a number of new measures to help businesses transform through productivity and innovation, such as SME cash grants and enhancements to Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme. In this session, speakers from IRAS will also explain the technical treatment and policy rationale for the various measures, including enhancements to capital allowance claims for low-value assets, enhancements to the refurbishment and renovation scheme, certainty of non-taxation for share disposal gains, and enhancements to M&A allowance. Mr. Ng Keat Seng, Senior Consultant with IRAS will chair a panel of policy and tax experts from the Ministry of Finance and IRAS to give you insights and implications of the major tax changes.

Question and Answers from Panel discussion on Budget 2012
 
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09-10 May 2012   International Tax Review’s Asia Tax Forum 2012
Raffles, Singapore

On the agenda:

- Hot topics in Asia-Pacific taxation: where taxpayers should direct their compliance efforts
- China: what you can do to keep in step with rule changes
- Ask the authorities: how officials can establish trust with taxpayers
- Transfer pricing: the growing acceptance of the arm's-length principle
- South-East Asia focus: dealing with developing tax systems
- India: lessons from a reforming tax system
- International tax developments: the cross-border issues making a difference
- Indirect tax: the challenges in overhauling old systems and putting in new ones
- Dispute resolution: how to avoid, how to settle

To register, or for more information, visit: www.internationaltaxreview.com/atf2012 or
email Marina Fabri at mfabri@euromoneyplc.com

 
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29 Feb - 2 March 2012   Joint Conference by Tax Executives Institute and Tax Academy - 2012 TEI U.S. Tax Conference
Marriott Hotel

An event not to be missed ! From 29 Feb to 2 March, Tax Executives Institute and Tax Academy will host a 3-day conference on U.S. tax. This event provides a unique opportunity for our tax community to interact directly with top experts in U.S. taxation from the tax, legal and accounting profession. The objective of this conference aims to provide participants with an appreciation on the key features of the U.S. taxation system and its recent developments. Featured topics include:

  • The common pitfalls facing US MNCs with operations in Asia
  • IP Migration/Supply Chain Structuring within Asian Jurisdictions
  • Transfer pricing
  • TP principles and issues, cost sharing and services regulations, APA across Asia
  • US tax legislative update;
  • FATCA and financial reporting updates
  • Flow through entities
  • US outbound
  • Controlled foreign corporations, Subpart F, E&P, PFIC, and FTC
  • Sourcing rules, Section 367 transfers, Section 1248 dividend, Section 304
Venue : Ballroom 3, Level 3, Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, 238865 Singapore
Fees : TEI members - SGD280 per day / USD220 per day
  Non-TEI members - SGD380 per day / USD300per day
  Fees exclude 7% GST.  Local participants need to pay above fees plus 7%   GST.

Closing date for registration - 24 February 2012. Register Now ! Seats are limited !

For overseas participants, please make guestroom reservations with Marriott Hotel before 6 February.

Click here for conference brochure and registration form.
Click here for guestroom reservation form at Marriott hotel.
 



 

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