Washington Hosts Global Tax Policy Conference

U.S. and international officials to discuss key developments at latest OECD event

OECD Tax 2009Washington, D.C., May 19, 2009 – Against the backdrop of renewed attention in Washington on multinational tax issues, company executives and tax counsel have an opportunity next month to learn about the latest international tax policy developments affecting their businesses.  Top officials with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is playing an increasingly important role in international tax deliberations, will take part in a two-day conference organized by the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).

“The OECD’s Evolving Role in Shaping International Tax Policy,” June 1 and 2 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., is the latest in a regular series of conferences focusing on the OECD’s key role in global tax matters.  The event provides insight into how the Paris-based OECD, which groups the world’s most advanced industrialized nations, influences tax policies worldwide, and how business can engage with it.

“More and more, executives and tax planners are coming to recognize the scope of the OECD’s work, and the importance of an informed, ongoing dialogue with the OECD secretariat and its member states,” according to Lynda K. Walker, USCIB’s vice president and international tax counsel.  “This year’s event provides high-level access to key OECD representatives and influential U.S. policy makers.”

Speakers at the two-day conference will include OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D. – N.Y.), IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and Jeffrey Owens, director of the OECD’s Center for Tax Policy Administration.  Panels will include numerous other U.S. and OECD officials along with representatives of industry and the legal community.  Topics range from transfer pricing and permanent establishment to attribution of profits and business restructuring.  OECD enlargement, dispute resolution and an open-microphone “Ask the OECD” panel will round out the agenda.

The conference is being co-organized by the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, which officially represents the view of industry in the 30-nation body.  Supporting organizations include the International Fiscal Association – USA Branch, International Tax Policy Forum, National Foreign Trade Council, Organization for International Investment, Tax Council Policy Institute, Tax Executives Institute, Inc., and the Tax Foundation.

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and prudent regulation.  Its members include top U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.  With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including BIAC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment.

Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
(212) 703-5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org.

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