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Attempting to Share Prosperity Without Tax Reform: Ambitious or Futile?

6 Dec 2019 - Fri / 1 day / 9:00am - 5:00pm / Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) Sales Gallery 2 Jalan Hang Tuah Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

This annual post-2020 Budget event aims to create and spread awareness and knowledge about the excesses of the tax authorities, and what taxpayers can do to challenge these authorities.

 

Highlight: Please note that this event has been postponed from 26 Nov to 6 Dec
Member: RM 100
Members Admitted From 1 July 2011: RM 100
Law Student: RM 50
Pupil In Chambers: RM 50
Non Member: RM 200
Ngo: RM 50
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD: Legal Learning Lab
CPD Points: 6
Circular No: 241/2019
Event Code:
T3/26112019/BC/BC193662/6

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Description

The Tax Subcommittee of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee, in collaboration with the Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) Department, has embarked this year on a programme of creating and spreading awareness and knowledge among Members of the Bar about the excesses of the tax authorities, and what taxpayers can do to challenge these authorities. This initiative is intended to enable more Members to join the Tax Bar and challenge the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (“Revenue”), Royal Malaysian Customs Department (“Customs”), Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of International Trade and Industry, in defence of taxpayers’ rights in appropriate cases.

Awareness of the rights of taxpayers as well as the legal processes and remedies available to redress any wrongs they might suffer, is critical in any civilised democracy, and essential in an activist Bar.

Members should attend this annual post-2020 Budget event, now in its fourth year. It will provide a unique opportunity for Members to interact with tax practitioners from the legal and accounting professions, and to thereby enhance their awareness and capabilities.

Programme

TimeAgenda
9:00 amRegistration
9:30 amBudget 2020: What’s New and What to Expect

Speaker: Leow Mui Lee, Managing Director, Axcelasia Taxand Sdn Bhd
10:20 amGlobal Tax Developments and What it Means for Malaysia

Speaker:
(1) Sharon Yong, Partner, Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd
11:10 amPresentation by venue sponsor, followed by refreshments
11:50 amPanel Discussion on Indirect Tax Updates: Progressive or Regressive?

Speakers:
(1) Thenesh Kannaa, Partner, TraTax
(2) Fan Kah Seong, Director, PKF Malaysia
(3) Irene Yong, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co

Moderator:
Wong Tat Chung, Partner, Wong, Beh & Toh
12:45 pm Lunch
2:15 pmThe Stamp Act: Amendments and Practical Issues

Speaker: Khong Siong Sie, Partner, SKRINE

Commentary:
(1) Wong Tat Chung, Partner, Wong, Beh & Toh
(2) Irene Yong, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co
2:45 pmPanel Discussion on Tax Disputes: The Tyranny of the Tax Authorities

Speakers:
(1) Anand Raj, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co
(2) Vijey M Krishnan, Partner, Raja, Darryl & Loh
(3) Jason Liang, Partner, Wong & Partners.
3:30 pmThe Overwhelming Need for a Strong and Independent Tax Bar

Speaker: Anand Raj, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co
3:50 pmRefreshments
4:10 pmPanel Discussion on Tax Investigations and Audits: Life After the SVDP Tax Amnesty and the Horrors to Come

Speakers:
(1) Renganathan Kannan, Partner, TraTax
5:00 pmEnd

Speaker

Jason Liang, Tax, Trade and Wealth Management Practice Group Partner, Wong & Partners

Jason is a Partner in the Tax, Trade and Wealth Management Practice Group of Wong & Partners. His focus is on tax disputes and controversies, with experience in handling all aspects of tax litigation. He regularly appears before the national courts and tax tribunals, often representing clients on important and leading tax cases.

He has advised and represented clients on a wide spectrum of issues ranging from anti-avoidance, transfer pricing, stamp duty, real property gains tax, customs duty, indirect taxes, deductibility of capital and income expenses, and withholding tax. He has a portfolio of clients from various industries, including pharmaceutical, logistics, manufacturing and oil and gas.

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Vijey M Krishnan, Partner, Tax Practice Group, Raja, Darryl & Loh

Vijey has over 20 years of experience in tax matters. He joined Raja, Darryl & Loh in 1999 and heads the revenue law practice group there. He regularly appears before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, the Customs Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal on major points of tax law.

Vijey has consistently been recommended in the area of tax in publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500, the Tax Directors Handbook and Chambers Asia Pacific. He is listed as a “Leading Individual” in the area of tax in Chambers Asia Pacific and as a “Leading Lawyer” in Asialaw Profiles. In 2019, the Asia Business Law Journal listed Vijey as one of the top 100 lawyers practising in Malaysia.

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Sharon Yong Nyuk Li, Partner, Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd

Sharon has more than 17 years of experience in corporate tax advisory and transaction tax.

She has wide experience in mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) transactions, and specialises in tax advisory including tax structuring, conducting tax due diligence reviews and reviewing transaction documents across a number of sectors, including financial services, oil and gas, and power infrastructure. Her clients include sovereign wealth funds, power companies and various large multinationals in the oil and gas (“O&G”) industries.

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Amarjeet Singh, Managing Partner, ASEAN and Malaysia Tax Leader, Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd

Amarjeet Singh is responsible for the overall ASEAN and Malaysia Tax. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of taxation.

Amarjeet Singh is ASEAN and Malaysia Tax Leader at Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of taxation.

Amarjeet specialises in tax policy and controversy, tax structuring and incentives, as well as group reorganisations and initial public offerings (“IPOs”). He has served a wide range of clients across sectors including some of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates and government-linked corporates.

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Thenesh Kannaa, Partner, TraTax

Thenesh Kannaa is a partner at TraTax, a firm of independent tax advisers rated as Top 10 in Malaysia for indirect tax as well as transactional tax. Thenesh advises on both international tax and indirect tax matters to clients from diverse industries. Thenesh is a Council Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (“CTIM”) and is a member of the institute’s various technical committees. He has also authored various books and articles on taxation and is a licensed tax agent.

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Renganathan Kannan, Partner, TraTax

Renganathan Kannan is also a partner of TraTax. He served the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”) as Council Member for three consecutive years (2016–2019). He is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“FCCA”, UK), member of MIA, CTIM, Certified Professional Forensic Accountant (“CPFA”, USA) and the International Fiscal Association (“IFA”, Netherlands). He is a licensed tax agent and a member of MIA’s Tax Practice Committee, Monitoring Committee, and Chair of Young Professionals Committee. Renganathan specialises in tax advisory and is experienced in representing clients from diverse industries on tax audit, investigation cases and appeal proceedings at various stages. He is a member of the CTIM Membership Committee and the ACCA Malaysia Advisory Committee (“MAC”). He has presented on contemporary tax matters at various tax forums and seminars. He has hands-on experience dealing with various sophisticated tax appeals.

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Leow Mui Lee, Managing Director, Axcelasia Taxand Sdn Bhd

Leow Mui Lee is the Managing Director of Axcelasia Taxand Sdn Bhd. She graduated from Monash University, Australia with a Bachelor of Economics degree, majoring in accounting and finance. She is a member of CPA Australia, the MIA and a council member of CTIM.

Mui Lee has many years of tax experience with leading international accounting firms in Malaysia. She has serviced a broad spectrum of clients including large multinational corporations and public-listed companies. She has also managed projects relating to tax audits and investigations, tax risk management as well as goods and services tax (“GST”) and sales and service tax (“SST”) reviews.

Under Mui Lee’s stewardship, Taxand has won numerous awards including Best Tax & Business Advisory Firm 2019 and
Most Outstanding for Transfer Pricing 2016. She co-authored the 2012 CCH publication of Guide to Transfer Pricing – Rules, Planning and Compliance Strategies. She has also spoken at various tax conferences in Malaysia and abroad.

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Khong Siong Sie, Partner, Tax and Revenue Practice, SKRINE

Apart from his legal qualifications, Khong Siong Sie is also an FCCA and an Associate Member of the CTIM. He acts for taxpayers on all aspects of tax and revenue law, including advisory and planning, audit and investigation, dispute resolution, and litigation. Prior to joining SKRINE, he was a treasury manager cum in-house counsel for Tesco Malaysia. He also has four years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kuala Lumpur, and two years of tax practice with a local tax firm.

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Anand Raj, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co

Anand Raj was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1996 and has been a partner of Shearn Delamore & Co since 2003. Anand’s practice areas include all aspects of tax and transfer pricing disputes and litigation as well as competition law and antitrust. Anand is the Co-Head of the firm’s Antitrust Practice.

Anand was recognised as the 2017 Asia Tax Disputes and Litigation Practice Leader of the Year by the International Tax Review (“ITR”). Anand is ranked in Tier 1 by ITR as one of the “Leaders in their Field” in tax (2011-2019), an “Elite Practitioner” by Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a “Leading Individual” in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and in Who’s Who Legal Corporate Tax Lawyers (2016-2019) as a “Global Leader”. He is also recognised in Tier 1 as Tax Counsel by Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Anand is the Chairperson of the Tax Subcommittee of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee and the Chair of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) (Malaysia Branch). He is also a member of the IFA Asia Pacific Regional Committee.

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Fan Kah Seong, Director, PKF Tax Services Sdn Bhd

Fan Kah Seong was a former tax partner of a Big Four firm in Malaysia. He was Indirect Tax Leader for 2014 till 2019 by International Tax Review.

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Irene Yong, Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co

Irene Yong practises in all aspects of tax and revenue law advisory, structuring, planning, audits, investigations, dispute resolution (including advising taxpayers on the settlement of tax cases or in dealings with governmental authorities) and litigation (including tax appeals, declaratory proceedings, judicial review applications, civil suits, windings up etc), sales tax, service tax, GST, transfer pricing, income tax, real property gains tax, indirect taxes, stamp duty, taxation of oil and gas companies, tax incentives, trusts, and asset protection and planning. Irene has appeared as counsel for taxpayers before the GST Appeal Tribunal, the Special Commissioners of Income Tax and the superior courts of Malaysia.

Irene was recognised as a “Recommended Lawyer in Tax” by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2012, 2014 and 2019). She has been consistently recognised as a “Leading Advisor” by the ITR Tax Controversy Leaders (2013–2018) and Indirect Tax Leader (2017–2018). She is also recognised as a “Highly Regarded Practitioner” in Indirect Tax, Tax Controversy and Women in Tax by ITR (2019).

She is an author for tax publications for Bloomberg BNA and has also won the International Tax Contributor of the Year
2018 awarded by Bloomberg Tax. Irene is a member of the International Fiscal Association (Malaysia Branch) and the Tax Subcommittee of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee.

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Wong Tat Chung, Partner, Wong, Beh & Toh

Wong Tat Chung was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986, and as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 18 Oct 1988.

His fields of practice include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, and other corporate and commercial matters. He has been involved in both domestic and cross-border transactions. His experience and practice also include, for example, debt and equity securities offerings, corporate restructurings of insolvent companies, takeovers, initial public offerings, infrastructure, privatisations, and debt restructurings.

He is the Co-Chairperson of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee, and chairs its various subcommittees. He is one of the vice chairs of the banking finance and securities committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and a member of the Company Secretarial, Practice Sub-Committee, the Accounting and Audit Sub-Committee; and the Insolvency Sub-Committee under the Corporate Practice Consultation Forum established by Companies Commission of Malaysia. He is also a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the LLM (Applied Law) in Malaysian Legal Practice and the ASEAN+6 Legal Practice, The College of Law, Sydney.

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Cancellation 

Cancellations must be made in writing at least 48 hours prior to the event.

If you have failed to inform the organiser on your cancellation for three consecutive times, you may be blacklisted for future events.

Refunds 

Refunds will be processed after the event is completed. This may take up to 30 business days. The conditions for refunds are as follows:

  • Full refunds will be issued if the cancellation is notified to the organiser three business days before the event.
  • No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is notified to the organiser less than three business days from the event.

The organiser reserves the right to modify, cancel or postpone the event, should circumstances arise that make such action necessary, whereupon all registration fees paid will be refunded.

Transferral

You are allowed to transfer your place to another participant, but you must notify the organiser with the necessary details.

Attendance 

CPD points will not be awarded to lawyers and pupils in chambers from Peninsular Malaysia who arrive more than 15 minutes late, are not present throughout the event, or leave before its scheduled end.

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  • No recording of the event is permitted via any means at any time.
  • No part of the event content may be used/reproduced in any form without the written and explicit consent of the Bar Council and speaker(s).

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