Welcome from the Chairs
We are delighted to invite you all to the IFA London Congress from Sunday 8 to Thursday 12 September this year, which will be held at the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall (part of the Southbank Centre) in the heart of London, on the south bank of the River Thames.
As always, the Congress provides a unique opportunity for leading tax experts from corporations, governments, academia, and advisors, to discuss and debate international tax topics of current major interest and importance, and as you will see we have a really engaging technical programme on offer.
We know that some of you will be visiting London for the first time, and that some of you will already know London very well. So, in addition to an evening social programme at some of London’s most iconic locations, we also have a range of tours and suggestions of places to visit - from the most popular destinations to the more obscure. We are sure that you will find something of interest to you.
We particularly welcome young IFA members and participants who have never attended a Congress before, and will go out of our way to ensure you all have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you in London this September!
Joy Svasti-SaleePresident, London Congress
Jeff ConnellChair, IFA UK Branch
Welcome from the President
This is a dynamic period in the world of international tax, a time of significant change as countries and businesses adjust to the challenges of globalisation. Governments are hungry for revenue and civil society calls for multinationals to pay their ‘fair share’ of tax so businesses have to cope with ever greater regulation and calls for transparency. This leads to constant change in the architecture of international tax.
The key topics to be addressed in the London Congress reflect these dynamics:
- Interest deductibility: BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Action 4 implementation, of significant importance to corporate taxpayers
- Investment funds, a topic close to the heart of the City of London
- and a thoughtfully designed programme of seminars to debate other issues, including the futuristic Taxation treatment of Space!
The annual Congress is IFA’s flagship event; our members gather to debate such topics and benefit from the ability to engage with other tax experts from many different countries and backgrounds. More than 2000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the London Congress. I am delighted that in 2019 the Congress is coming to my own home city and I am pleased to endorse the IFA UK Branch’s invitation to sponsor the event.