International VAT Conference 2015
11th and 12th June 2015
AT SEEHOTEL ÜBERFAHRT, LAKE TEGERNSEE (MUNICH)
This year's International VAT Conference will provide participants with the unique opportunity to discuss the latest VAT issues with a team of international experts, as well as other attendees.
The VAT panel will include representatives from the EU Commission, the tax administration, major inter- national corporations, universities and experts in jurisprudence.
The Conference offers participants the opportunity to exchange opinions and have individual questions answered. All delegates will have the chance to leave the event having gained practical and relevant information and tips, which can immediately be put into effect.
Support documentation will be available to delegates with respect to all sessions.
Please join us for what will be a valuable, thought provoking and professionally enhancing event.
Who should join: VAT managers, VAT consultants, officials dealing with VAT.
Conference language: English
Free shuttle service: Munich Airport to Seehotel Überfahrt, Tegernsee
Dinner at hotel
|EU VAT Developments – Update
PROCEDURAL LAW AND VAT
Over the years the Court has issued many decisions claiming that, for example, certain penalties or interest charges are disproportionate and therefore conflict with the principle of fiscal neutrality. Is there a tendency towards harmoni- zing procedural law as well?
Moderator Dr. Stefan Maunz
Georg von Streit
Dr. Lars Dobratz
Prof. Dr. Ben J. M. Terra
MOSS – UPDATE AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE – FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
Many areas of e-services, such as remote gambling or when telecoms have to be seen as providing a portal, prove to be far more complex than initially expected and the discussion is still ongoing. After being in place for six months it is time to make an interim conclusion.
Moderator Dr. Stefan Maunz
Traditional Bavarian dinner at Schwaiger Alm
|ECJ Court Cases – Update
Prof. Dr. Ben J.M. Terra
INPUT VAT DEDUCTION
While input VAT deduction is key to fiscal neutra- lity there is still some way to go before critical points, such as the formal requirements and the time to deduct, are harmonized. An evaluation of, to what extent retroactive amendments of invoices have an impact, will also be given.
Moderator Karl-Heinz Haydl
Prof. Oskar Henkow
European Commission – Head of Unit, VAT and other turnover taxes
joined the European Commission in 1980 and is currently head of the VAT unit. Donato has worked in the Budget, Internal Market and Taxation Directorates and has held various posts in the area of taxation policy. He holds a Masters degree in European tax law and a Bachelor degree in economics. He is professor of European tax law at ESSF and is co-author of the book “Arriva l’euro” (Carmenta Editor) as well as numerous articles on tax related matters.
Irish Revenue Commissioners – VAT Policy and Legislation
is head of VAT Policy and Legislation in the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. He is an Irish delegate at Council Working Party meetings and other Commission fora and chaired discussi- ons on the new 2015 Place of Supply rules for TBE services which were agreed during the Irish Presidency. He has worked in many roles within the Irish Tax Administration and spent 5 years in Africa as a Government adviser on GST and VAT.
Prof. Dr. Ben J. M. Terra
University of Amsterdam, Lund University
studied international law at the University of Amsterdam and (indirect) taxation at the University of Leiden. Previous positions held include head of post-graduate training in VAT, customs and excises at the Ministry of Finance in the Hague, pro- fessor of law at the University of Leiden and head of the global indirect tax prac- tice of Ernst & Young. He has published numerous articles and books on indirect taxation and is also a consultant of the OECD, the European Commission and IMF. At present Ben is an indirect tax and European tax law lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and the Lund University in Sweden.
German Federal Tax Administration
has worked as a tax officer in the Federal Tax Administration in Berlin since 1987. Ferdinand’s area of particular expertise is VAT taxation of international transactions such as intra-commu- nity supplies. He has spent many years dealing with the interpretation of EU VAT law and ECJ VAT cases and is the author of numerous publications on VAT law.
Philips International BV – Head VAT/GST
started his career in 1985 as an auditor with the Dutch customs and exci- se. He then went on to become a VAT advisor with Ernst & Young and joined the tax group of Royal Philips Electronics as senior indirect tax advisor. Henk is now the head of the firm’s VAT/GST department and is responsible for indirect taxes worldwide. Until 2010, Henk was Chair of the VAT group Business Europe and has also chaired the BIAC-ICC VAT group in Paris. He was also one of the founders of the Technical Advisory Group that assists the OECD in the development of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines.
Dr. Stefan Maunz
is a lawyer and certified tax consultant. With many years of experience in VAT and customs law, Stefan is a partner at KMLZ, a German law firm specializing in these areas. In addition, he has extensive experience working for international law firms in both Germany and the USA. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Munich as well as a VAT Forum partner and Member of the VAT Expert Group initiated by the EU Commission.
GE Corporate – VAT Manager
is a VAT practitioner who started his journey in VAT in the German tax authorities where he worked for 3 years, followed by a 4 year stopover in a big 4 firm dealing with international VAT issues before he joined GE 15 years ago, where he is now the European VAT Leader – Advisory & Policy actively involved in various industry groups on an EU, Member State and global level, i.e. as chair of the joint BIAC/ICC VAT/GST Task Force and of the BIAC business group to the OECD TAG on VAT/GST.
Google – VAT Manager - EMEA
is currently Google's VAT Manager with responsibility for the EMEA region, having joined Google in 2011. Starting out as a tax trainee with KPMG, Nicola was admitted as a Chartered Accountant member in 2004 and subsequently as a member of the Irish Taxation Institute in 2005. Leaving KPMG in 2006, Nicola worked as a VAT manager within the tax team in Allied Irish Banks. Nicola is acti- vely participating in the OECD VAT/GST Guidelines project as a member of the Technical Advisory Group.
Air France Group/Air France KLM Holding Head of global tax affairs
Frédéric joined Air France as the Vice President of Taxation in 2000 and is head of global tax affairs for the Air France Group and Air France KLM Holding. Prior to joining Air France, Frédéric worked for the French tax administration specializing in international taxation and in 1990 joined the VAT division of the French Ministry of Finances' legal department. During his ten years with the legal department his work was focused on French VAT legislation and European VAT issues. Frédéric is member of various professional committees and until 2013 chaired the IATA Tax Group. He is Vice Chairman of the Association of VAT Practitioners (APTE) and in October 2014 was appointed by the EU Commission as a VAT expert to the EU VAT European Group (VEG).
Dr. Lars Dobratz
Court of Justice of the European Union, Référendaire
is the tax law expert of Advocate General Kokott’s cabinet at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. After undertaking studies in law and busi- ness at the Universities of Bayreuth, Bonn and Hagen and earning a doctorate in European VAT law, Lars worked for the German tax administration, at a local and regional level, including a task force on VAT fraud, before spending five years with the German Federal Ministry of Finance’s International VAT unit.
Associate Professor Oskar Henkow is a lecturer and researcher at Lund Univer- sity, exclusively focused on indirect taxes (VAT, excise and customs). He is also a part-time partner at a Swedish law firm. His research focuses on the EU VAT system and comparative VAT/GST issues. He is the Editor in Charge of the Case law and Legislative Development Sections of the World Journal of VAT/GST Law and a member of the European Commission’s VAT Expert Group. He also has extensive experience as a tax consultant and advisor and has been contracted by the IFC at the World Bank to assist on VAT policy issues.
Georg von Streit
Deutsche Post AG
is a lawyer and certified tax consultant with 20 years of experience. He has worked with Deutsche Post DHL since 2004 including time spent in Buenos Aires where he was responsible for indirect taxation for the business in Latin America. Georg is cur- rently located in Bonn advising on central functions and entities in Europe and Africa. Prior to this he worked in the indirect tax group of pwc. Georg is a regular speaker at tax conferences and the author of various publications.