KPMG hosts successful MESA Tax Conference in Dubai
- United Arab Emirates: Thursday, November 29 - 2012 at 11:15
- PRESS RELEASE
With economic challenges occurring all over the world and in the MESA region, KPMG International was proud to be the host to 150 senior tax professionals from over 30 countries at their recent MESA Tax Conference.
While talking about the potential implementation of a tax regime in the UAE, Greg Wiebe, KPMG's Global Head of Tax commented, "As a stable economy, the UAE is well placed to manage and implement a tax regime based on global learnings and be able to take the time needed to assess what makes the most sense for the region. Tax is a social contract between people and the government and must be handled with great care."
Talking about the timelines and the type of tax that the region may see in the future, Mr. Wiebe also commented, "Any tax introduced must be done slowly and carefully allowing for the economy, governments and citizens to adjust. Likely any movement will happen in the next 5 to 10 years."
The Conference also covered topics around the spectrum of compliance in the region and provided tax insights relating to investment in Iraq, trends and developments in merger & acquisitions, South Asia tax, global and regional trends in indirect taxes, investing in Saudi Arabia and many others.
Highlighting the success of the Conference Ashok Hariharan, KPMG's Head of Tax for the Lower Gulf said "The Conference attracted a large number of tax professionals from varied industries, including government, to hear from top level speakers and KPMG tax specialists. The Conference showcased a terrific mix of broad scope discussions and tax technical insights and covered both inbound and outbound investment issues."
Jyothi Kasi, Tax Partner, KPMG in the Lower Gulf said "Global tax trends of lowering corporate tax rates, widening tax base and focus on transfer pricing can also be seen reflected in the Middle East. The lowering of corporate tax rates is also aimed at attracting inbound investment and there is an emphasis on effective compliance and tax collection. At the conference, we had the opportunity to discuss at length how corporates should be preparing themselves to handles these matters effectively."
The KPMG MESA tax conference is held once every two year but due to the growing demand of quality tax events and outstanding feedback from stakeholders in the region KPMG is considering holding the event at shorter intervals.
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