Media Invitation/Interview Opportunity - KPMG Tax Professionals to hold a Pre-Budget Symposium on Reforming Canada's International Tax Rules

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - KPMG has planned a special Tax Symposium in
advance of the Federal Budget, in order to engage in a discussion with
academics, economists, and business people on how Canada might enhance its
international tax system to improve Canada's international competitiveness in
the current economic environment. The Tax Symposium is being organized jointly
with UBC's National Center for Business Law and will be held in Vancouver on
January 22, 2009. It will feature a panel of participants from across the
country, including speakers from the University of British Columbia, the
University of Western Ontario, the University of Calgary, the Tax Executives
Institute, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and BC's International Financial

    What: KPMG Tax Partners and the University of British Colombia's
    National Centre for Business Law to Hold Symposium on Reforming Canada's
    International Tax Rules

    Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 665 Burrard Street

    When: Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Topics: A symposium to review the Final Report and recommendations to
    the Minister of Finance delivered by the Advisory Panel on Canada's
    System of International Taxation on December 10, 2008, including
    discussions over potential enhancements to Canada's system of inbound and
    outbound taxation.

    -  Walter Pela, Partner-in-Charge for KPMG's Tax Practice in Vancouver
    -  Tony Martin, KPMG International Corporate Tax, Vancouver
    -  Mark Meredith, Meredith & Moskowitz LLP (M+M), a tax law firm
       affiliated with KPMG.

    "Overall, we believe that the Advisory Panel Report and the Panel's
    recommendations are reasonable, fair, and consistent with previously
    expressed views of KPMG and others within the tax community," says Walter
    Pela, Partner-in-Charge for KPMG's Tax Practice in Vancouver. "Whether
    the Government will ultimately adopt some or all of the Panel's
    recommendations - in the 2009 Budget or otherwise - remains to be seen.
    However, we strongly believe it is important to continue to take forward
    the debate on what measures should be considered by the Government - both
    in the very short term and in the longer term - taking into account the
    current context of the Canadian and global economic downturn, in order to
    provide Canadians with a competitive tax advantage in the world."

For further information:

For further information: Julie Bannerjea, Head of Media Relations, KPMG,
at (416) 777-3243 or

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