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May 2020
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Deciphering the Digital Economy & Global Tax Policy Models
Taxing the Digital Economy: Exploring Global Tax Policy Models

Questions surrounding the taxation of the digital economy continue to amass. Our conference will break down the main global tax policy models pitched by NGOS, international organisations & specific jurisdictions.

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
9:00 to 18:00 
Hotel TBD

Following the Monterrey Consensus of 2002 and the Doha Declaration of 2008, one of the main goals of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2015 was to modernize the global tax system, boost tax revenues across the board and improve tax policy via greater fairness, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness.

Its 174 signatories also vowed to fight tax evasion, curtail tax avoidance and pressure multinational companies to pay taxes “where economic activity and value is created,” a point that has come to the fore recently as digital companies grow in size, number and overall economic importance.  

With this in mind, how have global tax policy models evolved from the Monterrey Consensus of 2002 to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of 2015 and beyond? More importantly, what models have been pitched as potential solutions to the complexity posed by the global taxation of digital companies?

During this international conference, our keynote speakers and panelists will present the latest policies espoused by the OECD, European Union (EU), the USA, the United Nations (UN), World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international organizations on international taxation and the digital economy.

More specifically, this one-day event held in sunny Cyprus will address the main global initiatives and proposals designed to tackle the myriad of problems arising from the taxation of companies operating within the digital economy.

Official Sponsors & Co-Organizers

  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • The International Chair of the Project “Global Observatory on Tax Agencies: Towards the International Administrative Cooperation and Global Tax Governance (G.O.T.A-INTAXCOOP&GOV)”

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Our World-Class Event

  • A dynamic programme with exceptional speakers & a highly qualified group of panelists engaging in lively discussions.
  • A great opportunity to catch up on one of the crucial tax topics of the past couple of years.
  • Collect up to 8 CPD credits for your participation.
  • Cyprus is lovely in late May with temperatures hovering around 22°C, pleasant enough to fully enjoy the Mediterranean Sea & everything else our beautiful island has on offer.

Topics to Be Discussed

  • BEPS Action I – Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation
  • The OECD’s Pillars I (“Unified Approach”) & II (“Global Anti-Base Erosion”)
  • The World Bank, International Monetary Fund & Inter-American Development Bank’s perspective on taxing the digital economy in the developing world
  • The “safe harbor” proposal & the US’s position on taxing digital companies
  • The United Nations & the tax challenges of the digitalization of the economy
  • The European Union & Unilateral Digital Services Taxes (DST)
  • Regional perspectives on digital taxation: Europe & Latin America
  • And plenty more! 

Speakers & Attendees

  • Dr. Eva Andrés Aucejo, Professor of Tax Law, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Stella Raventos-Calvo, Partner, JMAE, Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr. William H. Byrnes, Executive Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Special Projects, School of Law, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Dr. Andreu Olesti Rayo, Professor of Public International Law & European Community Law, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • George L. Salis, Principal Economist & Tax Policy Advisor, Vertex, USA
  • Dr. Santiago Ibañez, Professor in Public Finance Law & Taxation, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Santiago Diaz de Sarralde, Tax Studies and Research Director, Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), Spain
  • Cristina Garcia-Herrera Blanco, Research Director, Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, Spain
  • Dr. Venetia Argyropoulou, Lecturer, International Economic Law, European University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Stavroula Vrasida, Head of the Advanced Tax Rulings Unit (Direct Taxation), Tax Department, Ministry of Finance, Cyprus

Networking Opportunities

Networking opportunities are at the core of all of our events. Elegant dinners and cocktail parties await the attendees, not to mention the entertaining weekend tours and activities—all wonderful opportunities to meet, socialize and develop the professional bonds (and hopefully friendships) that will allow you to take your business to the next level.

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