On Monday 28 November, the BKR International EMEA region held two separate meetings in Amsterdam at the Hilton Schiphol Airport, one for Tax and one for Audit.
I am delighted to say that it was a most successful day.
With almost 50 delegates across both meetings, from 25 member firms, coming from 17 different countries, we have received much positive feedback in respect of both Tax and Audit meetings.
For those of you who were unable to attend, you will find the roster, agendas and Powerpoint slides to the presentations in the Members Section at:
In addition to our usual thanks to both Standards Committee Chairman, Frank Kabisch(Munich), and Tax Committee Chairman, Arcangelo Agogliati (Milan), special thanks must go to Grant Allsopp, partner at Walker Wayland Sydney, Australia, for his invaluable assistance to the planning of, and participation in, the Audit meeting. As many of you know, Grant currently chairs BKR’s International Standards Committee, and his significant contribution to this regional meeting was greatly appreciated.
After Frank Kabisch presented a session on Auditing Group Financial Reports and how to adopt the requirements of ISA 600, Grant Allsopp presented on the New Definition of control and the application of IFRS 10, 11 and 12. The afternoon sessions commenced with Simon Wagman(London) discussing Audit Quality – a review of regulator inspections, continuing with a discussion forum on the “EC Green Paper”, also involving Simon Wagman, along with Ulrich Viefers (Dusseldorf) and Geert Van Peteghem (Aalst). The Audit programme was completed with Grant Allsopp’s “Top 10 compliance issues identified in Audit files”.
The BKR tax delegates were treated to a session on the new Expat tax practice group and expat tax issues, presented by Mark Abbs (London), with assistance from Niall O’Connor(Dublin), Nayia Constantinou (Nicosia) and Alain Forestier (Paris). The meeting was especially fortunate to benefit from the expert knowledge and experience of Roberto Michieletto of the Council of the European Union (Brussels) who spoke on Tax reforms, including the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base and the VAT green paper. The afternoon continued with “Hot VAT topics”, courtesy of Petra Owen (Hamburg) and Rob Zevenbergen (Ridderkerk), and was completed with a round table discussion on the taxation of individuals’ capital income, making a comparison across the EMEA region.
BKR thanks again all who participated in the success of the 2 meetings and we look forward to next year’s event.