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Tuesday 12 March

VAT & Financial Services Conference

Gain Practical Insights on the Changing VAT Landscape for the Financial Services Industry from Leading Policy Makers, Specialist Advisers and Heads of VAT

Attend this new staging of the VAT & FS conference to optimise your VAT strategy, stay compliant with HMRC requirements and network with VAT experts facing similar challenges. Make the most of our new group rates!


Hear Directly from HMRC and the Office for Tax Simplification

In Short: MiFID II Implementation Date January 2018. With MiFID II implementation having just come in Beth Beecroft of HMRC will offer an update on these changes,  particularly offering guidance around VAT to research payments and consequences for managers, funds and investors of those changes. 

Latest VAT Case Law Review and Analysis

Recent rulings by the Supreme Court, the First Tier Tribunal, and the European Court of Justice have presented both challenges and opportunities to VAT professionals. Jeremy Woolf of Pump Court Tax Chambers will kick off the day with an exclusive update on key cases not least C-605/15 Minster Finansow v Aviva among many others.

The Future of VAT in Financial Services post-BREXIT

Barbara Farndell of HMRC,  Nigel Mellor of the OTS and Ruth Corkin, formerly of the OTS will go over the latest VAT implications leaving the EU will have on the financial services sector, what we are likely to see in the coming years regarding exemption, and what companies can do to proactively prepare in the meantime.

Practical Perspectives on Current VAT Challenges

This panel will focus on the increased use of technology in the indirect tax space and interactions with HMRC on the VAT implications of same. Some of the issues we will gain an insight into includes: 

  1. why the arguments in Blackrock were adopted 
  2. single/multiple supplies 
  3. situations where the use of technology constitutes an exempt supply
Update on Taxation of Virtual Currencies including Fintech and Bitcoin
  • Transactions in bitcoin - how do they work and what are the VAT implications?
  • Fintech & blockchain & VAT
  • Crowdfunding - what are the VAT implications?
  • What does the future look like?
  • Impact of Brexit
The key event for indirect tax specialists

This unique set up offers participants the opportunity to exchange opinions, discuss VAT hot topics and have individual questions answered. All delegates will have the chance to leave the event having gained practical and relevant information and tips, which can immediately be put into effect.

VAT and Financial Services will bring together in-house indirect tax specialists, expert accountants from renowned firms and key legal minds from across Britain's finance sector.