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Asia Pacific Tax Webcasts

Anticipating tomorrow's complex issues and new strategies is a challenge. Stay fresh with Dbriefs – live webcasts that give you valuable insights on important developments affecting your business in Asia Pacific.




Archived Webcasts

Webcasts archived in the last month can be accessed on this page. Click here to view the full list of available archives from the past 6 months. For a complete program schedule and topic information on upcoming webcasts, select the Program Guide the menu on the right.

Special Edition Webcasts

International Tax

Business Model Optimization: Making Process and Operational Changes Real
1 March, 5:00 – 6:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Thomas Ewigleben and Jan-Gerben Smallenbroek


The alignment of a multinational company's operating model and its global tax planning enhances the opportunity for value creation. But that's no easy task. Building a structure with the right balance that can be sustained over time takes a commitment of senior management to a transformation of key functions embedded within the operating model. The change needs to be substantive and real, and it's seldom easy. Business Model Optimization (BMO) is the process of pursuing this balance and integrating the operating model and global tax planning into the way a business operates to ensure such changes are real. Using a case study approach, we'll discuss: 

  • Key success factors.
  • What can go wrong.
  • How to get everyone’s buy-in.

Learn from the mistakes of others and ensure your process and operational changes are real and your tax benefits are sustainable.

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Customs & Global Trade

Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation: Is There Common Ground?
2 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Stuart Simons
Presenters: Bob Fletcher and Michael Roche


The use of transfer pricing methodologies to determine values for customs duty purposes are under increasing scrutiny from customs authorities in the Asia Pacific region. Companies that only focus on transfer pricing not only risk customs challenges, but also may overlook duty planning opportunities. We'll discuss:

  • Interaction between transfer pricing and customs valuation.
  • Managing the transfer pricing adjustments.
  • Practical experiences with interaction between customs and the tax authorities.
  • Planning issues for transfer pricing and customs.

Learn about practical issues associated with the administration of the transfer pricing and customs valuation rules, and actions companies should consider.

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Country Focus

Australia's New Investment Manager Regime: Technical and Practical Considerations
6 March, 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Vik Khanna
Presenters: Malcolm Gordon and Peter Madden


Australia recently announced measures for attracting foreign capital and establishing the country as a global financial services center. What should foreign investors know? We'll discuss:

  • Current tax barriers that discourage foreign funds from investing in Australia and engaging Australian-based investment advisors.
  • The cornerstone of the government’s strategy – an investment manager regime (IMR) – and how it may help achieve government objectives.
  • The IMR’s key features and limitations, foreign funds that it covers, and related issues the government is considering.
  • How the IMR may impact the way foreign funds conduct their Australia business activities.

Learn about changes to tax treatment of foreign funds and considerations for how foreign funds can structure their Australian activities going forward.

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International Tax

New FATCA Proposed Regulations: The Time to Operationalize is Now
7 March, 9:00 – 10:30 AM HKT (GMT +8)
* Length of webcast: 90 minutes
Host: Jim Calvin
Presenters: Oliver Farnworth, Hiromi Ikuta, and Alison Noble


The U.S. Treasury and the IRS released proposed guidance in early February on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). At the same time, the U.S. Treasury issued a joint statement with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, proposing an intergovernmental approach to implementing FATCA. Beginning in January 2013, FATCA requires Foreign Financial Institutions to annually identify and report their U.S. account holders. What is new and how might the changes reflected in the proposed regulations impact your organization? We'll discuss:

  • Impact of the intergovernmental approach to FATCA.
  • Key changes reflected in proposed FATCA rules.
  • Implications for Foreign Financial Institutions.

Learn more about the proposed regulations and understand what other organizations are doing to address FATCA compliance.

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Upcoming Webcasts

Indirect Tax

Targeted VAT and GST Audits: Are You in The Line of Fire?
8 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Rodger Muir and Turmanto


Indirect tax authorities in the Asia Pacific region are moving away from traditional audit approaches based on size of a business to ones based on complexity of a particular industry or sector. Who should be concerned? We'll discuss:

  • Recent audit developments around the region, including Australia, India, and Southeast Asia, and how these audit activities are panning out for taxpayers.
  • From macro to micro – which types of businesses are likely to be targeted?
  • Potential impacts, risks, and benefits for targeted businesses and strategies for defending against targeted audits.

Gain insights into the evolving focus and scope of audits by indirect tax authorities across the region and how businesses can prepare for potentially increased scrutiny.

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International Tax

2011 Update to the UN Model Treaty and Commentary: "Abuse" of Double Tax Treaties
13 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: C.A. Gupta, Alyson Rodi, and Vicky Wang


The 2011 Update to the United Nations Model Double Tax Treaty and Commentary contains significant comments and examples on the "abuse" of double tax treaties. These UN statements are far more extensive than the corresponding passages in the OECD Commentary. We'll discuss the UN Commentary's analysis of various "abusive" situations, including:

  • Dual residence, transfer of residence, and triangular cases.
  • Transactions which modify the treaty characterization of income, such as the conversion of dividends into interest, conversion of royalties into capital gains, allocation of price under mixed contracts, and the use of derivatives.
  • Time limit for certain permanent establishments and thresholds for the source taxation of capital gains on shares.

Understand how the UN's new comments on abusive situations might affect the application of double tax treaties in the Asia Pacific region.

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R&D Tax Incentives

R&D Tax Incentives in Malaysia: Driving Innovation towards a High Income Economy
15 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Jason Crawford
Presenters: Daniel Lim and Marcus Tan

Today, incentives for research and development (R&D) often apply to much more than the traditional scientific research performed in laboratories. What R&D incentives are available to businesses operating in Malaysia? We'll discuss:

  • Activities that qualify as R&D expenditures or double deduction opportunities across a range of industries, including engineering, manufacturing, energy, and software development.
  • Incentives available in Malaysia for R&D expenditures, including Investment Tax Allowance (ITA), Pioneer Status (PS), and 200% super deduction.
  • Documentation requirements for making incentives claims.
  • Strategies to maximize incentive claims for R&D expenditures.

Learn about the complexities of a company's R&D activities for tax incentives or double deduction opportunities in Malaysia.

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China Spotlight

Anti-Avoidance Rules in China: Lessons from Reported Cases to Date
20 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Evan Blanco
Presenters: Josephine Jiang and Simon Tan

Since introducing general anti-avoidance rules from year 2008, Chinese tax authorities have challenged a growing number of transactions they regard as abusive. Because China does not have a case law system for tax disputes yet, a summary of recent cases might be useful for taxpayers in similar situations. We'll:

  • Provide a review of anti-avoidances rules introduced under the 2008 enterprise income tax reform.
  • Summarize anti-avoidance cases relating to indirect transfer, beneficial ownership, special reorganizations, and profit splits.
  • Provide practical insights about these cases and how taxpayers in similar situations might adjust their approach.

Understand how China's aggressive enforcement of anti-avoidance rules is playing out and what you can do to manage this tax risk that is critical to your tax strategy for your Chinese investments.

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M&A Tax

Australian Tax Treaty Protection: Technical and Practical Considerations
22 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Dwayne Sleep
Presenters: Mark Goldsmith and Muhunthan Kanagaratnam


Recently the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has aggressively applied general anti-avoidance provisions to deny double tax treaty protection to inbound private equity investors in Australia. We'll discuss:

  • Various rulings issued by the ATO, their implications for investors, and technical insights on structures now being used for inbound collective investment.
  • Practical observations on how the ATO is approaching the look-through principle to the application of double tax treaties.
  • How investors in fund vehicles can obtain reassurance on the future tax treatment of any gains made on Australian investments.

Learn about recent cases of scrutiny by the ATO and how to manage the risks associated with investing in Australia.

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Transfer Pricing

Advance Pricing Agreements: Current Developments across Asia Pacific
27 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Paul Riley
Presenters: Tim O'Brien, Victor Li, Graeme Smith, and Vishweshwar Mudigonda

Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for achieving certainty on transfer pricing matters. Where are new APA programs being introduced in Asia Pacific and what potential benefits do they offer tax authorities and taxpayers? We'll discuss:

  • A review of new programs across the Asia Pacific region, including recent developments in APA program implementation.
  • A comparison of new and established APA programs within the region, including Australia, China, India, and Japan.
  • Lessons learned and practical tips for taxpayers assessing the merits of an APA, including types of transactions that make sense for APAs.

Stay up to date on current developments as the revenue authorities across the region move forward with their APA programs.

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Asia Pacific Tax Series

  • China Spotlight
  • Countdown to the India DTC
  • Country Focus
  • Customs & Global Trade
  • Government Grants & Incentives
  • India Spotlight
  • Indirect Tax
  • Industries
  • International Assignments
  • International Tax
  • M&A Tax
  • R&D Tax Incentives
  • Tax Management
  • Transfer Pricing

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