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United Nations Tax Committee’s Role in International Taxation Matters

Speaker: Dr Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed

Panelist: Asif H Qureshi, Professor of Law at STL

Date and Time: June 13 (Monday), 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM (Beijing Time)  

Zoom Meeting ID: 833 1461 7579 (Passcode: 085073)  

Location: Room 209-210, STL Building

Speaker’s Bio

Dr Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed is a Pakistan IRS officer and holds PhD in Political Economy from University of Washington, Seattle, USA/Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad in Political Economy. He until recently was Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan. Previously, he has headed domestic tax administration as Member, Inland Revenue, FBR, Islamabad. He also held important portfolio of Director General, International Taxes, whereby his responsibilities include negotiations, upgrading and execution of Double Taxation Agreements, as well as coordination with multilateral forums and international organizations dealing with international taxes such as United Nations, SAARC, ECO, and OECD.

His expertise and research interests include international taxation, treaty negotiations, tax policy formulation, tax administrations’ capacity building, environmental taxation, tax reforms, Value Added Tax, and automation of tax systems. He savours his twin-role of a hard-core tax collector and a serious-minded researcher.                                       

He is currently Member of United Nations Tax Committee.

Outline of Talk

  • History of International Taxes
    Pre-League of Nations Period
    League of Nations
  • UN’s Entry into International Taxation
  • UN Model Tax Convention
  • OECD & UN in Parallel
  • UN’s Capitulation (Subservience)
  • BEPSization of International Taxes System
  • UN Tax Committee’s Agenda
  • Interpreting International Taxes Sysem
  • Future Outlook