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WebinarWebinar: Taxation of the Digital Economy

This webinar will take a deep dive into the heated discussion about the taxation of the digital economy and look at the recent policy papers, direct and indirect tax proposals, and country-specific legislative developments to contemplate the immediate implications for MNEs. The webinar will explore the nitty-gritty of the initiatives as well as the ways the possible future challenges for taxpayers can be analysed, addressed and overcome.
EUR 85 / USD 99 (VAT excl.)
Client offer:

Client offer: 20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Bulk discount: a 20% discount will be applied to registrations received for 5 people or more made in one order. 

Important to note: If you register for a live webinar, your access will remain active for 12 months after the broadcast (in case you are unable to follow it live). Registrations to the live webinar will be closed in the morning, one day prior to broadcast.
Webinar: Taxation of the Digital Economy

Overview and learning objectives

Topics to be discussed in this webinar include the state of play of the OECD, EU and country-specific tax initiatives, specifically the virtual permanent establishment (PE), the digital services tax as well as the OECD interim and final paper on BEPS Action 1.

After following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • understand the core challenges digitization creates for the international tax system
  • appreciate the context and background of the current discussion
  • compare the recent proposals from the OECD and the European Union
  • identify the risks and opportunities in domestic tax developments around the world concerning digital economy companies
  • contrast the various virtual PE proposals with indirect, revenue-based taxes
  • comprehend the immediate impact of the different indirect tax solutions proposed

Field of study


Who should participate?

The webinar is suitable for all tax and transfer pricing professionals, including in-house tax personnel (e.g. directors, managers and CFOs), lawyers and tax advisers who deal with cross-border transactions, structures or cases and wish to understand the risks, challenges and controversies related to digitization.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level webinar. Participants taking this webinar are expected to be aware of the common international tax issues related to the digital economy.

Advance preparation

Participation in this webinar does not require any preparation.

Interactive webinar - "Group Internet Based" (live webinar only)

To safeguard the interactive nature of the webinar, a limited number of participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended. During live webinars, it is possible to interact with the presenters via a chat message function. Please note that questions are answered based on relevance, order of receipt and available time. Additionally, participants in the live webinar are invited to answer poll questions or complete short tests. Participants who follow the live broadcast will also have access to the on-demand version for a further 12 months from the live date.
Date of live broadcast: 19 December 2018

On-demand webinar

On-demand webinars are intended for individual self-study only. Unlike live webinars, they are not open to interactive participation or assistance of a real-time instructor. Access to on-demand webinars is granted for a period of 12 months from the date of registration and/or live broadcast.

Continuing Professional Education

Many accrediting organizations will grant CPE credit(s) for an IBFD audiovisual broadcast. It is advisable, however, that you check with your accrediting body as to whether this applies only to live webinars or to on-demand webinars as well.

The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: NASBA possible CPE credits - 1.5 (only applicable to live webinar​).

Webinar registration details

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  • Setting the scene
  • Challenges in grasping the digital economy
  • OECD BEPS Action 1: interim report (2018) and final report (2020):
    • proposed measures
    • state of play of the discussion
  • The EU proposals: 
    • EU digital services tax (DST)
    • significant digital presence
    • the revamp of the EU VAT system and its impact on digital companies
  • How do the United States and the rest of the world react to the proposed EU measures?
  • Other solutions
    Tamás Kulcsár is a Manager at IBFD’s Tax Services team, as well as contracted expert of the IMF, with over ten years of experience in international tax, transfer pricing and VAT...
  • 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...
  • Zsolt Szatmári
    Zsolt Szatmári joined IBFD in 2017 and is currently a senior VAT specialist in the VAT Knowledge Group. He is the editor of the VAT in Europe and VAT Worldwide publications and is...