Regional Taxpayers Forum in Lima, Peru, October 12-14th 2018

The second WTA-sponsored Regional Taxpayers Forum of 2018 will take place in Lima, Peru, October 12-14th 2018. The World Taxpayers Associations along with Americans for Tax Reform and Peruvian Taxpayers Association (Asociación de Contribuyentes del Perú) are pleased to invite delegates to join us in an exchange of ideas and best practices to advance taxpayer advocacy in Latin America.

Registration and fees:

Conference fees include conference materials, coffee breaks and lunches.

If you have paid your 2018 Membership Fee to the WTA, you are entitled to free access to this event. Please e-mail Melanie Harvie at melanie.harvie@worldtaxpayers.org for your discount code. The code is valid for two registrants within your organization until September 12, 2018. After that, a fee of 50 USD per person will be charged.

For other groups, the conference has a cost of 120 USD per person.

Please act soon, space is limited! You can register here.

Location:

Hotel Dazzler Lima

Av. José Pardo 879, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
www.dazzlerlima.com

+(511) 634 4000

To book your room fill out this form and e-mail it to Sandra Pinglo Carlin at spinglo@dazzlerlima.com

Agenda:

 

Friday, October 12th

Peruvian Taxpayers Association’s Conference

Venue: Dazzler Lima

Conference room: Buenos Aires and Montevideo

8:30AM     Registration
9:00AM 9:10AM José Beteta. President, Peruvian Taxpayers Association
Welcome to the First Taxpayer’s Forum in Peru
9:10AM 10:20AM The Challenge of Innovation, Property Rights for Prosperity
  Lorenzo Montanari. Executive Director, Property Rights Alliance: “Where Peru stands in the International Property Rights Index”.

Javier Coronado. General Manager, INDECOPI: “The Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for the Peruvian Economic Growth”.

Manuel Mayorga.  Executive Director, ILD: “Property Rights and Blockchain”.

10:30AM 11:45AM Tax Reforms for the Citizens
  Keynote:  Christopher Butler, Executive Director, Americans for Tax Reform: “The US Tax Reform and its Impact in the US and Worldwide”.

Ana Requena. Superintendent Deputy at Internal Taxation: “Pro Business Tax Reforms Promoted by SUNAT”.

Ramón Gálvez. Founder, Gálvez, Risso, Zegarra & Asociados, and member of the Fiscal Committee at the Peruvian Entrepreneurs’ Organization: ”The Expectations of the Productive Sector Regarding Fiscal Policy”.

11:45AM 12:00PM 2018 Taxpayer’s Award
12:00PM 12:20PM Final Remarks and Coffee Break

 


Saturday, October 13th

Taxpayers Regional Forum

Venue: Dazzler Lima

Conference room: Buenos Aires and Montevideo

8:30AM 9:00AM Registration
9:00AM 9:15AM Troy Lanigan, Chair of World Taxpayers Associations :
Welcome and Introduction to Advocacy via Skype
9:15AM 10:45AM Activity and Blue Sky Session
Chair: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA.

This session provides taxpayer / invited think tanks leaders the opportunity to introduce themselves. Also, leaders are encouraged to present new ideas, with an emphasis on collaboration, that have the potential to advance taxpayer advocacy.

Special Presentation about IGOWatch.org by David Williams. President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance (USA)

10:45AM 11:15AM Group Photo and Coffee Break
11:15AM 12:30PM Organizing a Taxpayer Movement in Latin America
      Chair: José Beteta. President, Peruvian Taxpayers Association

Christopher Butler, Executive Director, Americans for Tax Reform

Diego Macera. General Manager, Peruvian Institute of Economics

Jonas Torrico. Director of Institucional Relations, Nosotros los Contribuyentes (Argentina)

Andrés Barrientos. Executive Director, Ciudadano Austral (Chile)

12:30PM 1:00PM How to Build a Coalition Meeting in Latin America.
      Introduction by Lorenzo Montanari. Director of the International Advocacy & Affairs, Americans for Tax Reform.

Coalition Meetings from Latin America:

Coalition Meeting in Caracas by Andres Guevara, Senior Fellow, CEDICE

Coalition Meeting in Rosario by Franco Martín López, Director of Research, Fundación Bases

1:00PM 1:45PM Lunch Break
1:45PM 2:00 PM Short Break
2:00PM 3:30PM Fundraising
      Chair: Christopher Lingle. Professor of Economics, University Francisco Marroquin

Chris Godbey. Senior Grassroots Coordinator, Leadership Institute

John O’Connell. Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance

José Beteta. President, Peruvian Taxpayers Association

3:30PM 3:50PM Coffee Break
3:50PM 5:00PM Social Media: gaining supporters for your campaigns
      How to use them to grow your organization and build public awareness.

Chair: John O’Connell. Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance

Scott Hennig. Vice President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Via Skype

Chris Godbey. Senior Grassroots Coordinator, Leadership Institute

Franco Martín López. Research Director at the Urban Observatory, Bases International Foundation

7:00 PM     Meet in Lobby to depart for dinner
7:30PM     Off-Site Dinner. No Host. Cala Restaurant, Circuito de Playas, Barranco, Lima. Visit http://www.calarestaurante.com/english/menu.html for menu (around 30-35 USD for main course, one drink and dessert).

 

 

Sunday, October 14th

Taxpayers Regional Forum

Venue: Dazzler Lima

Conference room: Buenos Aires and Montevideo

10:00AM 10:10AM Opening remarks. Wrap up of Saturday. José Beteta, Peruvian
      Taxpayers Association and Cristina Berechet, WTA
10:10AM 11:20AM Tax Reforms
Chair: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA

Scott Hodge. President, Tax Foundation: Tax Competition for Growth. Via Skype

Gonzalo Schwarz. President, Archbridge Institute (USA):  Taxes and Social Mobility: Facts and Tradeoffs

Juan José Garcia. Head of Research, Peruvian Taxpayers Association

11:20AM 11:40AM Coffee break
11:40AM 12:50PM How to  Implement  Free-Market  Public Policies in Latin America
      Chair: Lorenzo Montanari, Director of the International Advocacy & Affairs, ATR

Javier Albán. Executive Director, CpR (Peru)

Andres Guevara. Senior Fellow, CEDICE (Venezuela)

Christopher Lingle. Professor of Economics, University Francisco Marroquin

Pablo Viana. President, Institute of Civic Studies (Uruguay)

12:50PM 1:00PM Closing remarks. Cristina Berechet and José Beteta.
1:00PM 2:30PM Final Lunch

 

 

Regional Taxpayers Forum in Copenhagen Denmark May 28, 2018

The first WTA-sponsored Regional Taxpayers Forum of 2018 will take place in Copenhagen Denmark, May 28. The World Taxpayers Associations along with The Tax Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform are pleased to invite European and international delegates to join us for a discussion on tax policy.

Registration and fees:
If you have paid your 2018 Membership Fee to the WTA, there is no cost for you to attend this event. Please e-mail Melanie Harvie at melanie.harvie@worldtaxpayers.org for your discount code. The code is valid for two registrants within your organization up to April 30. After that, an administration fee of 50 USD per person will be charged.
For other individuals, the conference has a fee of 50 USD per person and it includes conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch and evening reception.
Please act soon, space is limited! You can register here.

Location:

Comwell Conference Center
Center Boulevard 5
DK 2300 Copenhagen S
Web: https://www.comwellconferencecopenhagen.dk/

Hotel reservations:

AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen
Center Boulevard 5
2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
Tel.: +45 32 47 30 00

Room rates at the AC Hotel Bella Sky are 1,450 DKK (about USD$245) for a single room and 1,650 DKK (about USD$280) for a double room. Room rates include breakfast.

Reservations must be provided to the hotel by Atlas Network. To make your room reservations, please email the following information to sherry.romello@atlasnetwork.org:

First Name:

Last Name:

Organization:

Company:

Check-in Date & Time:

Check out Date & Time:

Room Type: Single or Double (If requesting Double, please provide # of guests and whether you will one bed or two in the room.)

 

Agenda:

9:30 AM 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM 10:10 AM Welcome from Troy Lanigan. Chair, World Taxpayers Associations
10:10 AM  – 10:30 AM Launching a Global Tax Reform Movement in a World of Chaos
      Scott Hodge. President, Tax Foundation
10:30 AM 11:15 AM Panel Discussion: How Oxfam and Tax Justice Network Help Fuel
      the Tax Agendas of the OECD, EU, UN

Chair: Christopher Lingle. Professor of Economics, University Francisco Marroquin

Anders Ydstedt, Advisor at Scantech Strategy Advisors to major Swedish industry and business organizations

Martin Ågerup. President, CEPOS

11:15 AM 12:00 PM Governments’ Tax Attack on our Soda and Snacks
      Troy Lanigan. Chair, WTA and President, Canadian Taxpayer Federation

Mikael Bonde-Nielsen. Director of Economic Affairs, Coca-Cola, Copenhagen

Harry Fone. Grassroots Campaign Manager, The TaxPayers’ Alliance UK

12:00 PM 1:15 PM Lunch break
      The Impact of US Tax Reform, Christopher Butler. Executive Director, Americans for Tax Reform
1:15 PM 2:00 PM Governments’ War on Digital Commerce
      Chair: Christopher Lingle. Professor of Economics, University Francisco Marroquin
      Catherine Schultz. Vice President for Tax Policy, National Foreign Trade Council, U.S.

Matthias Bauer, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

2:00 PM 2:30 PM Tools to Sell Pro-Growth Tax Policy. Kyle Pomerleau. Director of
      The Center for Quantitative Analysis, Tax Foundation
2:30 PM 2:45 PM Coffee break
2:45 PM 4:00 PM Strategy Session on Advancing Global Tax Reform
Chair: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, World Taxpayers Associations.

What can groups like the Tax Foundation, ATR, Atlas, WTA do to advance tax reform?

How can we take the debate away from groups like Oxfam, and make the tax debate about pro-growth policies and raising living standards?

How can we develop a distribution system for getting rapid response material and research to the free-market groups across Europe and elsewhere, and how can we develop an “early alert system” to notify the network when threatening issues emerge from international organizations.

Christiana Stewart-Lockhart. Chief Executive, EPICENTER

Michael Jäger.  Secretary General, Taxpayers Association of Europe

Christopher Butler. Executive Director, Americans for Tax Reform

Christian Ekström. CEO, Skattebetalarna

4:00 PM 6:00 PM Break
6:00 PM 7:30 PM Welcome reception for WTA/Atlas Network Groups sponsored by
      the Tax Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform.

Only pre-registered attendees.

Speakers

 

Regional Taxpayers Forum Bangkok  Thailand December 8-10, 2017

 

The World Taxpayers Associations along with Asia-Pacific Taxpayers Union and Atlas Network are pleased to invite Asian and international delegates to join us in an exchange of ideas and best practices to advance the cause of limited and accountable government.

The regional conference will be held December 9&10 in Bangkok Thailand where you will enjoy a host of dynamic speakers and networking opportunities. Delegates from United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweeden, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, China, and India have already registered.

 

Registration and fees:

If you have paid your 2017 Membership Fee to the WTA, you are entitled to free access to this event. Please email Melanie Harvie at melanie.harvie@worldtaxpayers.org for your discount code. The code is valid for two registrants within your organization up to September 30. After that, an administration fee of 50 USD per person will be charged.

For other groups, the conference has a cost 120 USD per person and it includes conference materials, coffee breaks, and lunches.

Delegates from Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, China, Hong Kong and India have already registered. If you haven’t registered yet you can still do so here. Please act soon, as of this date we have nine spaces remaining.

 

Location & Hotel reservation:

Hotel Rembrandt

19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Klong-Toei,

Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Web: http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/rooms/

Promotional code: WTAATLAS

 

 

Agenda:

Regional Taxpayers Forum December 8-10

Friday, December 8

5:00PM 6:00PM Welcome Reception Hallway on the second floor

 

Saturday, December 9 

Venue: Hotel Rembrandt

Conference room: Rembrandt II

8:30AM 9:00AM Registration
9:00AM 9:15AM Welcome from Troy Lanigan and Björn Tarras-Wahlberg
9:15AM 9:45AM Keynote:
      The present political situation in the Land of SmileColin Hastings. Former UK- reporter in Sunday Times, publisher of Big Chilli.
9:45AM 10:30AM Activity and Blue Sky Session
Chair: Cristina Berechet

This session provides taxpayer leaders the opportunity to make short presentations on their current activities or taxpayer-related developments in their respective countries that would be of interest to the group. Also, taxpayer leaders are encouraged to present new ideas, with an emphasis on collaboration, that have the potential to advance taxpayer advocacy. Groups to speak already include: China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Philippines, United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

10:30AM 10:45AM Coffee break
10:45AM 12:15PM Activity and Blue Sky Session Con’t
12:30PM 1.30PM Lunch break: Mexican Restaurant
      Coalition Building, Lorenzo Montanari. Director of the international advocacy & affairs, Americans for Tax Reform
1:30PM 2:15PM Strategic planning
      Chair: Christopher Butler.  Executive Director, Americans for Tax Reform.

Panelists:

Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

2:15PM 3:30PM Fundraising
Chair: Troy Lanigan
Panelists:

Kim SunTaek. President, Korea Taxpayers Association

Samta Arora. Associate Director, Centre for Civil Society (India)

John O’Connell. Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance(UK)

3:30PM 3:50PM Coffee break
3:50PM 5:10PM Social Media: gaining supporters for your campaigns
      How to use them to grow your organization and build public awareness.
Chair: Cristina Berechet
Panelists:

Scott Hennig. Vice President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation via Skype

Georgia Scott.  International Communications Manager, Korea Taxpayers Association

Raymond Ho. Founder of Hong Kong Momentum 107

5:40PM     Meet in Lobby of Rembrandt to transport to dinner.
6:40PM 10PM Anantara Riverside Bangkok: buffet dinner and stage entertainment
10PM     Taxi or Sky Train back to the hotel

 

Sunday, December 10

Venue: Hotel Rembrandt

Conference room: Rembrandt II

9:00AM 9:15AM Welcome to 2019 World Taxpayers Conference Australia
      Tim Andrews, Executive Director. Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance

Moti Kshirsagar, CEO. Tax & Super Australia

9:15AM 10:00AM Reformulating the debate on Tax Competition, Scott Hodge.
      President, Tax Foundation via Skype
10:00AM 10:15AM Coffee break
10:15AM 11:45AM Tax Reforms
Chair: Bjorn Tarras-Wahlberg.
Founder and Chairman of Asia-Pacific Taxpayers Union
Panelists:

Nonoy Oplas, Philippines Minimal Government Thinkers. Tax reforms in the Philippines and Asian countries

Christopher Butler, ATR. US tax reform

Christopher Lingle, University Francisco Marroquin.  Insights from Knut Wicksell to guide tax policy

Yuya Watase, Pacific Alliance Institute. Taxation in Japan

12:00PM 1:30PM Lunch break
1:30PM     Closing Comments
2:00PM  – 3:00PM  APTU members meeting
4:00 PM      

Meet in Lobby of Rembrandt to take Sky Train to the State Tower Building for drinks at the spectacular Sirocco Sky Bar. No bermudas or opens shoes. Casual elegant dress required.

      This is an optional event for those staying in Bangkok entirely at own expense.

 

Speakers

Asia Think Thank Essentials Workshop December 11 – 13

The Atlas Network is proud to work with over 33 free-market think tanks throughout Asia.  The Think Tank Essentials training course will share best practices from across the continent and the globe.

Applications for Asia Think Thank Essentials Workshop are now closed.

 

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Regional Taxpayers Forum Zagreb Croatia April 24-25, 2017

The World Taxpayers Associations along with Lipa and the Free Market Road Show are pleased to invite European and international delegates to join us in an exchange of ideas and best practices to advance the cause of limited and accountable government.

The regional conference will be held April 24 & 25 in Zagreb Croatia where you will enjoy a host of dynamic speakers and networking opportunities.

Agenda:

Monday, April 24th 

Taxpayers Regional Forum

Venue: Hotel Dubrovnik

Conference room: Ban Frankopan

8:15 9:15 Registration
9:15 9:30 Welcome from Troy Lanigan and Zoran Low
9:30 10:00 Keynote: Tax Competition, Scott Hodge. President, Tax Foundation
10:00 11:00 Strategic Planning (for campaigns, for fundraising and for your organization)
      Chair: John O’Connell. Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance
      Panelists:
      Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Aneta Vaine. Director of Development and Programs, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

11:00 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 12:45 Fundraising
Chair: Staffan Wennberg. Former President, World Taxpayers Associations
Panelists:
Michael Jäger. Secretary General, Taxpayers Association of Europe  and Vice President, Bavarian Taxpayers Association

Tanja Porčnik. President, Visio Institute

Aneta Vaine. Director of Development and Programs, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

12:45 14:15 Lunch break
Chair: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA and General Manager, Spanish Taxpayers Union

The Human Freedom Index: A Tool for Policymakers and Statesmen, Tanja Porčnik. President, Visio Institute

14:15 15:45 Social Media and List Building
Chair: TBA
Panelists:
Scott Hennig. Vice President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

David Williams. President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Adam Radman.  Grassroots Campaign Manager, Americans for Tax Reform

15:45 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 17:30  

Taxpayer Campaigns to Join or Replicate. How to use them to grow your organization and build public awareness.

Chair: Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Panelists:
Debt Clock, Zoran Low. Executive Manager, Croatian Taxpayers Association

Tax Freedom Day, Scott Hodge. President, Tax Foundation

World Intellectual Property Day, Lorenzo Montanari. Executive Director, Property Rights Alliance

Open the Books. Every Dime. Online. In Real Time. Matthew Tyrmand. Deputy DirectorOpen the Books.

Debt Campaign, Michael Jäger. Secretary General, Taxpayers Association of Europe  and Vice President, Bavarian Taxpayers Association

20:00 22:00 Dinner at Bistro Fotic
Gajeva 25, 10000 Zagreb

No Host.  Visit www.bistrofotic.com for menu and pricing.

 

Tuesday, April 25th

Taxpayers Regional Forum

Venue: Hotel Dubrovnik

Conference room: Ban Frankopan

9:15 9:45  

Taxpayers Associations and the Government: lessons learned, Davor Huić. Founder and Board Member, Croatian Taxpayers Association

 10:00  –  11:30 Activity and Blue Sky Session.
This session provides taxpayer leaders the opportunity to present short (10 minute) presentations on their current activities or taxpayer-related developments in their respective countries that would be of interest to the group. Also, taxpayer leaders are encouraged to present new ideas, with an emphasis on collaboration, that have the potential to advance taxpayer advocacy. Several groups have already asked to speak and we encourage others to do the same in what will be a free flowing discussion amongst participants.
 

Moderator: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA and General Manager, Spanish Taxpayers Union

 11:45    13:00  Lunch break

13:10 Transport from the hotel to the University

Free Market Road Show

Venue: Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

For more information: http://freemarket-rs.com/event/fmrs-zagreb/

13:30 14:30 A Major Economic Reconfiguration: The End of the Free Trade Era?
Moderator: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA

Scott A. Hodge, President, Tax Foundation, Washington DC

Dr. Robin Harris, Historian

Velimir Šonje, Arhivanalitika

Michael Jaeger, European Taxpayers Association, Munich

14:30 15:30 Troubled Times in a Divided World
Moderator –  Daniel Kaddik, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

Karl-Peter Schwarz, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Lorenzo Montanari, Americans for Tax Reform, Washington DC

Prof. dr. Robert Murphy, Texas Tech University

15:45 Transport from the University to the hotel

Speakers

 

2016 WTA Conference in Berlin, Germany

16th Biennial World Conference in Berlin, 17th-19th March 2016

Conference theme:

Good Governance and Low Taxes – Necessities in an Uncertain World?!

The World Taxpayers Associations cordially invites its members to its biennial worldwide conference in 2016, from the 17th – 19th March at the Mercure Hotel in Berlin.

Key stakeholders and globally acclaimed experts will discuss a wide range of important aspects of economic growth and growth of freedom and democracy. You will have a unique chance to meet with like-minded persons from all parts of the world (200-250), to learn and be inspired and build relations of future importance for your organization!

We hope you can attend!

Location:
Mercure Hotel Berlin Tempelhof
Hermannstrasse 214-216, D-12049 Berlin, Germany

Keynote Speakers
http://www.taxpayers.events/keynote-speakers/

Conference Agenda
http://www.taxpayers.events/program/

Hotel
Book your Hotel at a Discount – Extended deadline to 15th January 2016!
Use code WoConf  for your discount

E-mail: h1894-re@accor.com

Registration
Until the 15th January 2016 we are offering an Early Bird Special!

After 15th January 2016 the regular price will apply. REGISTER TODAY!
€395 – Early Bird, €495 – Regular, €250 – Partner ticket (social events only)

Visa Information
http://www.taxpayers.events/visa/

If You Need Visa Support from Conference Organizers – please email Daniel Junker, d.junker@steuerzahler.de and cc Michael Jaeger, michael.jaeger@steuerzahler-bayern.de, and Sarah Elliott at sarah.elliott@worldtaxpayers.org.

WTA Conference Scholarships

Please contact Sarah Elliott, sarah.elliott@worldtaxpayers.org, with “WTA Scholarship Application” in the subject line, answering these questions in the email: 1. Why are you interested in attending the WTA Conference? 2. What are your biggest goals for your organization in the upcoming year? 3. How much would you be able to contribute to your attendance?

For more information: 2016 WTA Conference

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