EY - New VAT/GST regimes

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New VAT/GST regimes

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The introduction of a new value-added tax (VAT) or goods and services tax (GST) is a major event for tax administrations and taxpayers alike. New tax rules bring uncertainty and increase the risk of errors and disputes. Designing and implementing the new tax into legislation and business systems and processes requires significant work in the months ahead.

This webcast focuses on five countries that are planning, extending or considering implementing VAT/ GST in the next 12 months: Malaysia, India, China, Egypt and Puerto Rico.

What is changing and who will it affect? What are the implications? What should you be doing if you operate in these jurisdictions? 

Join our experienced panel as we discuss the latest developments and what they mean for business.

This webcast will be of interest to indirect tax professionals, as well as tax professionals, tax directors and chief financial officers. Audience participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the webcast.


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Harishanker Subramaniam

Ernst & Young LLP

Harishanker is leader of Indian Indirect Tax Practice for EY. He is experienced in verticals of industrial and consumer products, infrastructure, real estate and government, technology, communications and entertainment.

Harishanker joined EY in 2009 and has 26 years’ experience as an indirect tax professional across the industry and Big 4 professional services organizations. Over the years, Harishanker has been involved in diverse industries and his area of experience includes customs and international trade, and in-country taxes namely service tax, VAT and excise duty. He is currently involved in creating awareness in the industry about the impending introduction of the GST regime in India.

Harishanker has advised and assisted various multinational companies on resolution of customs valuation through special valuation proceedings. He has also advised companies on export incentive programs, besides assisting in setting up of export oriented units (EOU), software technology parks (STP) and special economic zones (SEZ).

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Pablo Hymovitz

Ernst & Young Puerto Rico LLC

Pablo Hymovitz Cardona has returned to EY as an Executive Director in the Tax Advisory Division of the Tax Department of Ernst & Young Puerto Rico LLC, an affiliate of Ernst & Young LLP, with 12 years of experience in both Public Accounting and government. He previously worked at Ernst & Young LLP from 2005 to 2008 as a senior tax consultant. He is an attorney with experience in tax, corporate and litigation matters.

From 2009 to 2011, Pablo worked in the Puerto Rico Treasury Department as the Assistant Secretary for Internal Revenue Area, which involved responsibility for overseeing the administration of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code as well as other related tax laws and the operation of the seven bureaus that make up the Internal Revenue Area.

Pablo received a BBA in Accounting and a Masters of Taxation degree from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University.

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Aaron Bromley

Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd

Aaron Bromley, based in our Kuala Lumpur office, is a Partner with the Ernst & Young Malaysia Indirect Tax team and is the APAC lead for Indirect Tax Global Compliance & Reporting (GCR)

Aaron currently assists businesses manage transition for the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Malaysia, leveraging off his experience in advising during GST implementation in Australia in the year 2000. He has more than fifteen years of indirect tax experience across the Asia-Pacific region, including advisory and compliance in New Zealand, Australia, China and Malaysia.

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Ahmed El Sayed

Ernst & Young Egypt

Ahmed, a Tax Partner and Human Capital Sub-Service Line Leader with Ernst & Young Egypt, has more than 20 years’ experience in Egyptian Tax matters. He provides direct and indirect tax services to the Firm’s local businesses as well as foreign joint ventures operating in Egypt. He assists a large number of clients with tax compliance issues and in tax administrative proceedings, tax litigation and tax controversy.

Ahmed is a chartered accountant and Fellow of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from Cairo University, Egypt


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Robert Smith

Ernst & Young Advisory Limited

Robert, based in Shanghai, is Asia Pacific Director of Indirect Tax for EY. He has a wide range of customs and international trade knowledge and familiarity dealing with customs issues throughout China and the AsiaPac region. He is well versed in a number of subjects, including: customs valuation, customs classification, import/export procedures, licensing requirements, duty reliefs, and other planning opportunities.

Robert has extensive practical experience assisting companies in the management of customs function and addressing and resolving issues directly with China Customs. He provides advice and assistance in many areas such as: supply chain restructuring; duty/VAT free importation of raw materials for export production; positive resolution of valuation investigations; technical tariff classification opinions; reconciliation of customs handbooks; treatment of royalties and technology license fees under the customs valuation rules.

Robert has a master’s degree in Professional Accounting and a bachelor’s degree, both from Brigham Young University. He is a licensed US Customs Broker and formerly worked as a customs advisor in the US. He proficiently reads, writes and speaks Korean and can speak basic Mandarin.