Seminars / Conferences

Tax Academy creates opportunities for tax professionals to be updated on global tax developments through seminars and conferences. It brings together tax experts from the industry, academia and the government, both locally and from overseas, to engage in professional exchanges.

Past Seminars / Conferences

Maestros’ Series: Fiscal Sociology: Incidents from the Past, Lessons for the Future ?
Date: 06 December 2013 Venue: Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel Closing date for registration: 25 November 2013

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.

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Bringing Tax Systems into the 21st Century
Date: 11 November 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 6 November 2013

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.

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FasTax Series: Getting Stamp Duty Right
Date: 1 November 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 24 October 2013

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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Sovereign Immunity and the Extra-territorial Enforcement of Tax & Tax Risk Management
Date: 31 October 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 24 October 2013

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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Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): What the OECD/G20 BEPS Project Means for International Tax Rules
Date: 29 October 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 21 October 2013

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.

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Controversies in Transfer Pricing- How they arise and best practices to manage
Date: 2 October 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration:-

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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Anti-Avoidance – A Look Into The Past & Future
Date: 30 September 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 20 September 2013

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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Income Tax Objections & Appeals Facts & Evidence
Date: 30 August 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration:

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!

Shipping and Corporate Residence - Shipping Industry Insights & Determination of Tax Residence
Date: 1 August 2013 Venue: Revenue House Auditorium Closing date for registration: -

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.


GST Risks Management starts with ASK
Date: 10 September 2013 Venue: Revenue House Auditorium Closing date for registration: 26 August 2013

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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FasTax - Learn Essential Tax Tips in One Day!
Date: June to September 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 19 June 2013

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.

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IRAS-OECD Regional GST/VAT Conference
Date: 22 - 23 May 2013 Venue: Marina Mandarin Singapore Closing date for registration: -

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.

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!

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Shaping Tax Policy – The Global Landscape
Date: 17-18 Oct 2013 Venue: Dublin Castle, Ireland Closing date for registration: -

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


Asia-Pacific Regional Tax Conference
Date: 2 - 4 April 2013 Venue: Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore Closing date for registration: -

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.

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Budget Seminar 2013
Date: 25 March 2013 Venue: NTUC Business Centre Auditorium Closing date for registration: 18 March 2013

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.


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Tax Updates Series: Seminar on US Tax Reforms
Date: 18 March 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 4 March 2013

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
  • prospects for cross border developments
  • current tax treaty policies and issues,
  • the foreign tax credit vs. a territoriality based system,
  • 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,
  • developments in international information gathering and the IRS Whistleblower program, and
  • FATCA.


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Seminar Withholding Tax
Date: 24 January 2013 Venue: Revenue House Closing date for registration: 17 January 2013

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.

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