Japan Tax Reform and Tax Treaty Update

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By invitation only

Japan Tax Reform and Tax Treaty Update seminar is aimed at Hong Kong and mainland China-based companies and regional headquarters who invest in Japan or do business with Japan.

In addition to briefing you on key aspects of the 2012 Japan tax reform and the Japan's new tax treaty with Hong Kong, the seminar will provide an opportunity for you to meet Jonathan Stuart Smith who will be leading the briefing. Based in Singapore as our Japan Tax Desk with effect from March 2012, Jonathan will be presenting along with Hans-Peter Musahl from EY Japan. 

The 2012 Japan Tax Reform will impact the tax strategy and business environment of foreign affiliated companies in Japan. Key measures include:

  • Reduction of corporate tax rate;
  • Limitation on use of tax net operating losses and extension of carry-forward period;
  • Extension of temporary R&D tax credit regime; and
  • Introduction of earnings stripping rules.

We will analyze Japan's new tax treaty with Hong Kong effective 1 January 2012 and highlight the opportunities available under the new treaty.

We will also discuss our recent experience of tax controversy in Japan, including transfer pricing and tax audits by the Japanese tax authorities.

Seminar details

Date:Friday, 15 June 2012
Time:9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.)
Venue:EY, 22/F, CITIC Tower
Address:1 Tim Mei Avenue, Central, Hong Kong

There will be no fee charge for this event. Please note that registrations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants will receive a written confirmation upon acceptance for the seminar. You will be notified if the maximum enrolment is reached.

About Jonathan Stuart Smith
Jonathan Stuart-Smith is a Tax Partner with 22 years of international tax experience, having worked in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. 

He has significant experience in the areas of corporate structuring, M&A, financing, reorganization, supply chain planning, intellectual property planning and tax treaty issues. 

He serves multinational companies across a wide range of industries, including financial services, energy and resources and consumer goods. 

Having worked in Tokyo for 11 years, Jonathan has particular expertise in advising on inbound investments into Japan, as well as advising Japanese companies on their overseas investments. 

He joined EY in March 2012, as the Japan Tax Desk in the Asia-Pacific Tax Center, based in Singapore. 

About Hans-Peter Musahl
Hans-Peter heads the EY German Tax Desk and has 20 years professional services experience.

He has experience in advising on tax efficient group reorganizations, support and liasing in cross border tax audits, structuring of acquisitions of  publicly listed and medium sized privately held Japanese companies, structuring of supply chain management improvements, Greenfield inbound investment advice and Japan inbound real estate investments

Hans-Peter has particular skills in inbound transactions and cross-border transactions, M&A and restructuring
 Tax controversy and tax policy as well as business tax services.