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22 - 24 Oct 2018Current Issues in International Tax Planning

This intermediate-level course provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the current discussions on international tax planning including the project on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Participants of the course will gain a thorough understanding of the main issues involved in BEPS and be given the opportunity to discuss their concerns and potential responses.


Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Course code:
EUR 2,230 / USD 2,676 (VAT excl.)
Client offer:
20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be automatically applied for registrations received 60 days or more before the commencement of the course (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).
Current Issues in International Tax Planning

Overview and learning objectives

Subsequent to the OECD/G20 BEPS Project and the EU initiatives, the implementation and the impact of these measures are key elements of the work ahead. In this course we are looking at the most recent updates, the current status and the prospects regarding international tax planning. Our focus areas throughout the course will include the following:

  • current trends in international tax planning, including the review and monitoring of the implementation of the OECD BEPS measures, an update on the EU developments and a brief look at the recent developments in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific;
  • the effectiveness of anti-avoidance measures such as GAARs, CFC regimes, thin capitalization rules and treaty anti-abuse rules;
  • tax treatment of related-party debt financing, captive insurance and other intra-group financial transactions;
  • international tax considerations of mismatches in entity and instrument characterization;
  • international tax aspects of transactions involving intangibles;
  • recent developments concerning transfer pricing;
  • the future of advance tax rulings and the latest update on EU State aid investigations; and
  • the most recent update on the implementation of the multilateral instrument and its impact on international tax planning involving tax treaties.

Field of study

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for practitioners in tax advisory firms, tax specialists in commerce and industry, and government officials.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level course. Participants will be expected to have a basic knowledge of the tax system of at least one country.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary. Participants will have access to relevant online collections on the IBFD Tax Research Platform for a period of two weeks.

Interactive course - "Group Live"

To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a maximum of 32 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.

We invite you to send us in advance any technical, content-related questions you may have. During the course we will try to address your specific questions, but please note that this will depend on the amount of time available, the relevance of the questions and the order in which the questions are received.

Should you have a question, please send it to

Disclaimer: The information provided during the course has been prepared solely for the instruction of course participants. This information is not intended to constitute advice on any particular matter

Continuing Professional Education

Recommended NASBA CPE points for this course: 20.5 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.

Course fee and registration details

The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments. The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.


  • Current trends in international tax planning
  • Current issues in international tax planning - the MNE’s business perspective
  • Countering Aggressive Tax Planning – From an EU Perspective
  • International tax, financial and offshore centres’ latest reactions
  • BEPS implementation and the multilateral instrument – has it been a success? 
  • Update on tax planning for holding and financing activities
  • The end of tax structuring through hybrid entities and hybrid instruments?
  • Permanent establishments and their relevance in international tax planning
  • The future of transfer pricing
  • Current update on tax planning for intangibles (and R&D activities)
  • The future of ATRs and the latest update on EU state aid investigations
  • Case study
    Annemiek Kale is Global Head of Tax at Arla Foods amba in Denmark. Arla Foods is an international dairy cooperative that is the largest dairy producer in Scandinavia. The tax team of Arla...
  • Adam Zalasinski
    Adam Zalasiński is a Legal Officer in the Direct Tax Litigation Unit of the European Commission in Brussels. He holds a PhD and a habilitation degree in Law from the Nicolas Copernicus University...
    Tamás Kulcsár is the Manager of International Tax Training (ITT) at IBFD specialized in EU and international tax law. He is also a contracted expert of the International Monetary...
    Jeroen Kuppens is the Director of KPMG Meijburg & Co’s Transfer Pricing & Value Chain Management (VCM) Team in Amstelveen. He specializes in TESCM and Transfer Pricing design and...
  • Barry Larking is an international tax analyst, writer and trainer. After graduating from Oxford University and spending a number of years in the City of London as a UK tax lawyer, Mr Larking moved...
  • Alexia Kardachaki
    Alexia Kardachaki is a tax manager at the AEX/Midkap group of PwC Netherlands and advises Dutch listed multinationals on issues relating to international, Dutch and EU tax law. She is a member of...
  • Clive Jie-A-Joen
    Clive Jie-A-Joen works in the Financial Markets practice group of Simmons & Simmons LLP. His practice focuses on analysing, designing, planning, organizing, documenting and defending the...
  • Carlos Gutiérrez is a Principal Research Associate at IBFD Tax Services. Mr Gutiérrez obtained his law degree at the University of Chile and a master’s degree (LLM) at Queen...