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UnscheduledPrinciples of International Corporate Tax Planning

This four-day introductory-level course focuses on the principles of international corporate tax planning and optimization. It introduces participants to common international tax planning tools and the role that tax treaties and transfer pricing play in international tax planning strategies. It covers, through a combination of formal presentations and case studies, some common financing, holding and IP structures that rely on tax treaties and transfer pricing and the risks associated with their use in tax planning. 
Please note: This course is not currently scheduled. The price, program and instructors are detailed as per the previous course for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
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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).
Principles of International Corporate Tax Planning

Overview and learning objectives

This course is designed to provide participants who intend to deal with international tax planning and optimization in practice with updates on relevant tax treaty and transfer pricing developments. The topics covered include the international tax treaty issues relevant to tax planning of treasury functions, supply chain restructuring and intangibles, as well as specific transfer pricing considerations in these areas.

During the course, participants will be provided with access to a relevant selection of the IBFD Tax Research Platform. All presentations will be shared in PDF format via an email download link prior to the course.

Field of study


Who should attend?

The course is suitable for tax professionals who wish to learn the principles and building blocks of international tax planning, practitioners in tax advisory firms, tax specialists in commerce and industry, and government officials.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an introductory-level course. Participants taking this course will be expected to have a good understanding of at least one national tax system and the fundamentals of double tax treaties.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary. 

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.

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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: 27 (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.


  • Key concepts and emerging issues in international tax planning
  • Introduction to the role of tax treaties in international tax planning
  • Tax planning with permanent establishments 
  • Tax planning for R&D activities and intellectual property (IP)
  • Tax treaty aspects of IP
  • Transfer pricing aspects of IP tax planning 
  • The basics of cross-border financing and holding structures 
  • Transfer pricing aspects of intra-group financial transactions
  • The EU direct tax framework and its relevance for tax planning
  • The EU anti-tax avoidance framework 
  • Recent OECD, UN and global developments concerning tax planning
  • Carlos Gutiérrez is a Principal Research Associate at IBFD Tax Services. He is involved in client research, government consultancy projects, and in the development and teaching of training...
  • Hans Pijl has Linguistics (MA) and Law (LLM) degrees from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is an independent tax lawyer and was until recently of counsel to Deloitte in matters...
  • Barry Larking is an international tax strategist providing guidance and commentary on global tax technical and policy developments. After graduating from Oxford University and working as a UK tax...
  • Premkumar Baldewsing 
    Premkumar Baldewsing is a Principal Research Associate at IBFD. He has extensive experience in the (inter)national tax arena, including in senior in-house tax functions with financial...
  • 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...
  •  Ruxandra Vlasceanu
    Ruxandra Vlasceanu is a Principal Associate in IBFD’s European Knowledge Group, serving as managing editor of the Mergers & Acquisitions publication and author/editor of other IBFD...
  • Sabrine Marsit is an Associate within the IBFD Africa and Middle East Knowledge Group. She joined IBFD in 2016 and is the country specialist for a number of MENA and Sub-Saharan African countries....
  • Andreas Perdelwitz is a Principal Research Associate in IBFD’s European Knowledge Group.   Mr Perdelwitz obtained his law degree at the University of Hamburg in 2003 and an LLM in...
  • Giulia Gallo is a Senior Research Associate in IBFD’s European Knowledge Group, serving as Managing Editor of the IBFD publication Permanent Establishments and author of other IBFD...
  • Vladimir Zivkovic
    Vladimir Zivkovic is a director in Baker McKenzie Amsterdam’s Transfer Pricing team. He has more than ten years of experience in transfer pricing and operating model structuring. He started...