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When: Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:30AM - 12:00PM
Where: East Wing 200 - Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton, Massachusetts 
United States
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IFA Extended Spring Breakfast Meeting at Boston College Law School


When: Thursday April 14, 2016


7:30 – 8:00am Networking Breakfast

 8:00 – 8:10am Welcome

8:10 – 9:30am Review and hot topics in European and Latin American VAT, and Canadian GST/PST

 9:30 – 10:00am Networking Break

 10:00 - 11:00am Advanced Withholding Tax Topics Panel


Where: Boston College Law School, 885 Centre Street, Newton, MA.

 East Wing 200.

 Parking is free and there will be signs to direct attendees.

Click here for a campus map and directions


Overview Review and hot topics in European and Latin American VAT, and Canadian GST/PST Panel:

The panel will provide a brief introduction to Value Added Tax and Goods and Services Tax, followed by a discussion of practical VAT/GST issues that the panelists recognize as typical for U.S.-based multinationals. Examples of talking points are recent developments in the VAT/GST world (such as BEPS and the upcoming VAT in Puerto Rico), VAT on online sales as well as “hands-on” tips to manage an organization’s global indirect tax footprint.



                                Rosemary Anderson – Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rosemary is a chartered accountant specialized in solving Goods and Services tax, provincial sales taxes and customs issues since 1985. She was appointed National Group Leader of Thorsteinssons in 2008. She was formerly the partner in charge of commodity tax for Price Waterhouse in Vancouver.


Lucas Giardelli - Mayer Brown, New York, New York

Lucas is a Tax Transactions & Consulting associate in Mayer Brown’s New York office. His practice is focused on international tax planning and corporate tax matters. He formerly practiced tax law at a leading law firm in Argentina.


Mark Houtzager - US VAT Inc., Brooklyn, New York

Mark is the Principal Consultant at US VAT Inc. He provides VAT support for U.S. multinationals, consulting services, interim management and supports discussion around oversees business development and supply chain management. Mark is a well-regarded blogger on VAT and he invites you to have a look at, prior to the breakfast meeting.


Overview Advanced Withholding Tax Topics Panel:

A look-at some special issues encountered by a withholding agent and how to manage them.   Most people know that they need a Form W-8 when making a cross-border payment.  This panel will go beyond the garden variety payment case and examine issues that may arise in special cases. 


Lani Chou – PwC, Boston, Massachusetts  

Lani is a Director at PwC and part of its Global Information Reporting practice.  She has over ten years of experience in U.S. federal tax withholding and information reporting compliance and is working on a number of critical global projects related to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs), the overhaul of the U.S. withholding and reporting rules that apply to U.S. source payments made to non-U.S. persons, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and its automatic exchanged of information (AEoI) requirements. While at PwC, she has contributed to a number of articles and is a frequent speaker at events related to information reporting and FATCA.  


Carol Tello – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Washington, D.C.

Carol is a partner at Sutherland and has a career that spans both government and private practice. Her practice includes a broad range of cross-border tax planning, and International Revenue controversy matters, including compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Carol is the author of the BNA Treatise “Payments Directed Outside the United States – Withholding and Reporting Provisions Under Chapters 3 and 4.”



We look forward to your participation. No registration is required. Breakfast sponsor by Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer LLP. For additional information, contact Lisa Pinchin,

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