Symposium of Taxation: The Era of BEPS

A two-day symposium titled “Symposium of Taxation: The Era of BEPS” was held on 3 and 4 August 2017 at HSMC. The event was organised by the School of Business, supported by the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong and funded by the Research Grant Council of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (grant number UGC/IIDS14/B01/16). It succeeded in bringing together business and tax practitioners, academics and government officials from Hong Kong, mainland China and other parts of the world, who exchanged ideas and thoughts on the theme Base Erosion and Profits Shifting (BEPS).

Distinguished overseas and local scholars and tax experts delivered talks on timely BEPS topics including digital economy, common reporting standard, harmful tax practices and transfer pricing. More than 200 guests and participants, comprising senior executives and tax professionals from public practices and industries, as well as faculty members from different universities and colleges attended for timely updates on the different BEPS topics.

The symposium was inaugurated by President Simon Ho while Ms Karmen Yeung, President of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, delivered an opening remark. Mr Wong Kuen Fai, JP, Commissioner of Inland Revenue, HKSAR Government and Ms Caroline Malcolm, Counsellor to the Director and Deputy Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) attended as keynote speakers to share their views and insights on the latest development of BEPS.