The Russian Tax Congress WTS, organized by ALTHAUS Group and WTS Global, was held at the Metropol Hotel on November 8. The main topic of the Congress was the future of corporate taxation.
The Congress was opened by Rostislav Shatenok, Managing Partner of ALTHAUS Group, and Wim Wuyts, СEO WTS Global.
The first panel session of the event covered the issues of future international taxation, new approaches in tax planning and structuring, issues of the transparency of the tax system, and digital solutions in the field of tax function management.
The speakers were Wim Wuyts, CEO of WTS Global, and Martin Ng, Managing Partner of WTS China. Igor Smirnov, Partner of the ALTHAUS Group Department of Corporate Taxation, moderated the session.
The second session of the Congress was devoted to digital economy. Experts told about the latest trends in the field of artificial intelligence and IT solutions for managing the tax function in the Baltic countries, Cyprus and Poland, tax breaks and special tax regimes for IT companies in Estonia and Poland, especially the taxation of intellectual property, and the VAT in digital services.
The speakers were: Nicholas Kipreos, Managing Partner of WTS Cyprus, Magdalena Saya, Member of the Board of Directors, Director of WTS Global, Managing Partner of WTS & SAJA Sp.z.o.o. (Poland), and Kärt Anna Mayre Kelder, Leading Tax Advisor for Sorainen (Estonia). Ekaterina Kurochkina, Manager of the Corporate Taxation Department of ALTAHAUS Group, moderated the second session.
In the third session, WTS partners from Germany and Luxembourg discussed the international tax landscape, the latest trends in international tax planning, and prospects for the development of measures to counter tax evasion at the international level.
Michael Boren, Advisor to Tiberghien International (Luxembourg), and Torsten Hopp, Partner at WTS Global (Germany), were the speakers at the third panel session. Vladimir Shchedrov, Director of Corporate Taxation Department at ALTHAUS Group moderated the session.
At the final, fourth session, the experts discussed the latest trends in the field of transfer pricing, the concept of permanent representation, as well as the modernization of approaches to international tax planning and structuring.
The speakers were Mike Hegmire, Partner of WTS Global (Germany), and Khan Ortwin, Partner of Atlas Tax Lawyers (Netherlands). Igor Smirnov, Partner of the ALTHAUS Group Department of Corporate Taxation, moderated the session.
The event was held in a format of several panels, where participants could not only hear the latest news in the field of corporate taxes, but also ask their questions.
The Tax Congress was attended by about 100 representatives of the largest Russian and international companies: financial directors, heads of tax departments, business owners, including representatives from Gazprom Germany, Rosenergoatom, VTB, Sberbank, RDIF, DHL, Alfa Group, the Far East Development Fund, Yves Rocher Vostok, Faberlic, and many others.
WTS Global is a global network of consulting companies, represented in more than 100 countries.
ALTHAUS Group is a leading Russian consulting company with more than 150 professionals in the field of finance, taxes, law, appraisal, and engineering. It is the exclusive partner of the global network WTS Global in Russia.
All photos from the Congress can be found here