Tax 101 Series: Permanent Establishment, Tax Treaties, Double Tax Agreements (On Demand)


In the Christmas Tree Plantation Ruling: the Danish Tax Board concluded that foreign enterprise is deemed to have a fixed place permanent establishment even in absence of employees or dependent agents at the place of business in Denmark.

This session discusses the concept of PE and its interplay between domestic tax law, tax treaties and double tax agreements. Most of the time, many would think, the PE issues arising from a simple and straight forward transaction is low-risk". The "Christmas Tree Plantation Ruling" provides excellent insights into many exciting and intricate facets of (interpretation) PE. "Tax planning is all about long-term thinking (tax certainty)" – hence, an understanding of your fundamental tax rights (entitlements) will allow you to manage and mitigate your tax risk with confidence.

Our Tax 101 series is aimed at tax and non-tax trained junior executives or anyone who has an interest in understanding the Singapore Tax system. This session is a mix of practical experience and academic knowledge.

Programme Outline

  • Introduction to the Singapore law of treaties & DTA
  • Meaning of PE: Fixed place of business v a fixed place PE
  • Mere 66-day activity in the Source State gives rise to PE?
  • Mere storage of construction material give rise to PE?
  • Exploratory case study – “the Christmas Tree Plantation Ruling”
  • Q&A

What you will learn

By the end of this session, attendees should obtain a systematic understanding of (to evaluate the effects thereon) the law of treaties in the broad interdisciplinary concept, including determining legal aspects of PE. 

Target Audience

An intermediate level program intended for tax accountants, business accountants, auditors.

Expert Speaker

Kevin Matthaios Lee 

Kevin, a business finance professional, is also a Subject-Matter Expert (SME) in the tax practise of a mid-tier professional services firm, while simultaneously holding a position as a trainer/facilitator where he shares his insights on the global issue in FRS, political science and economics and international business law. He has been a speaker at various seminars, and network (exclusive) events, inter alia, Wolters Kluwer (CCH), ISCA, CIMA and ACCA. 

The webinar was recorded on 19 May 2021.

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