Guernsey: Gold sponsor of the 2013 International Taxation Conference in Mumbai, India

The Bailiwick of Guernsey – population 65.000 – is one of the Gold sponsors of the 19th International Taxation Conference, to be held December 5-7 in Mumbai, India. The conference is organized by the Foundation for International Taxation, and the theme this year is “International Tax and Treaty Conflicts”.

Other sponsors include KPMG and PWC (Patron sponsors), EY and Deloitte (Platinum).

The conference brochure (pdf) can be found here.

Selected topics on the programme include:

– Double Non-taxation: A Critical Evaluation

– Beneficial Ownership under Tax Treaties: Recent Developments

– Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): An International Tax Issue

– International Tax Conflicts for Multinational Enterprises under BEPs

There will also be a number of panel discussions, including one titled “Should International Taxation be based on “Morality” or “ Legality””. Among the panelists is Jeffrey Owens, director of the Global Tax Policy Center in Vienna, and Senior Tax Policy Advisor to EY, specifically on Global Tax Policy and Controversy Practice.

On the taxation of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), professor Owens thinks that:

“…there are certainly some MNEs that push the envelope on tax planning, but I think most, especially non-US MNEs, want to comply with both the spirit and letter of the law. We need changes in the international rules of the game, but more a repair than replace.”

and also that

“The real question should not be whether MNEs are paying their fair share of taxes, but whether they are complying with the laws and international rules put in place by the governments of the countries in which they operate.”

In sum, tax justice does not seem to be on the agenda of this conference.

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