7th Regional Tax Conference will be held on March 6, 2012, in Prague

7th Regional Tax Conference, this year hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, will be held on March 6, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic. The annual tax conference brings together experts from around the CEE region to discuss the results of past reforms and debate the merits of planned reforms at the national and European level.

The conference will be attended by businesspeople and both public and private sectors’ tax experts working in Central Europe. Tentative program with the invitation is attached.

Venue: Radisson Blu Alcron, Stepanska 40, Prague 1 (map)

(tentative) agenda:

9.00 Introduction
Weston Stacey, Executive Director, AmCham Czech Republic
9.05-9.25 Keynote speech
Douglas Brodman, Managing Director, Plzeňský Prazdroj, a.s.

9.30-11.00  Government Panel
Moderator: Peter Chrenko
, Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Czech Republic.

Ádám Balog, Deputy State Secretary for Taxation, Ministry for National Economy of Hungary
Martin Jareš, Director of Strategy of Tax Policy and Administration, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
Artur Gostomski, Head of Unit of Tax Administration Department, Ministry of Finance of Poland
Zdenko Krajčír, Director, Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecasting Department, Deputy Director General of Institute of Financial Policy, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic

Topic: How have reforms been affected by the financial crisis?
Key questions: Has the ability to predict how reforms will influence economy decreased as markets have become more volatile? How elastic is household consumption and export industry to increased taxation?
Coffee break
11.15-12.15 Mark Allen, IMF Senior Representative for Central and Eastern Europe

Topic: Perspective on the Region’s economies
13.30-15.00 European Tax Policy
Moderator: William Morris
, Tax Officer, GE Corporate

Nikolaus Tacke, Director European Government Affairs, Coca-Cola Europe
Tom Roesser, Global Tax Officer, Microsoft
Tom Neale, Head of CCCTB Development, EU Commission

Topic: What major trends and EU policies could reshape tax policy in the region?
Key questions: Will there be a CCCTB? Should we be expecting more attempts to design taxes for certain products?
 Coffee break
15.15-16.45 Tax as an Economic Development Policy
Moderator: Weston Stacey
, Executive Director, AmCham Czech Republic

Cherie Ford (PricewaterhouseCoopers d.o.o), Trade & Investment Committee, AmCham Croatia
Dan Schwartz (RSM Scot s.r.l. Romania), Taxation Commitee, AmCham Romania
Renáta Bláhová (BMB Leitner), Tax Committee, AmCham Slovakia
Jan Linhart (KPMG Czech Republic), Tax Committee, AmCham Czech Republic

Topic: How can tax make the region more prosperous? What are the benefits of investment incentives, and how should they be shaped? Can tax spur energy efficiency? How do taxes impact tourism? Can tax policy increase private investment into research and development?



18.00 (registrations from 17.30) Leadership Cocktail for conference participants and invited guests (Venue: Slovanský dům, Na Příkopě 22 (map))


Contact person: Katarina Bendikova, kbendikova@amcham.cz

Hotel room reservation: Veronika Zavorova, vzavorova@amcham.cz

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