The Big 4 accounting firms each have their own global VAT seminars in the U.S. – I am not aware of any happening soon, and these meetings are typically closed to the public. However, there are three conferences and a webinar over the next few months that I am speaking at which may trigger your interest:
Institute of Professionals in Taxation – VAT Symposium: September 30 – October 2, Indian Wells, CA
The IPT VAT conference is the only independent VAT conference in the U.S. It serves a broad range of VAT content: from the basics to more advanced sessions, case studies and “VAT around the world”-type update seminars. I have attended (and taught at) the previous two conferences, and I was impressed by the level of the speakers. If you have no or very limited VAT knowledge, this is the conference to attend. Attendees are not shy to ask basic questions and I found that the conference rooms are better set up to invite discussion than the Big 4 conferences.
Attendance is limited to IPT members or companies that have IPT members. If you don’t meet this requirement, but would like to attend, let me know and I will see what I can do.
The conference website is here: (click here – the link is too long to fit this column)
The U.S. Department of Commerce – Commercial Service: October 8 – Knoxville, TN
The U.S. government got hold of me – in a good way! I am working with the Knoxville U.S. Export Assistance Center to talk about VAT at an October 8 event in Knoxville, TN. If you are interested in learning more about export and overseas trade, please come and join the event. Rob Leach (Robert.Leach@trade.gov) is coordinating and will be able to share more details.
Vertex Exchange: October 25-28, Orlando, FL
I am a 6 year veteran speaking at these Vertex conferences. Although I am teaching only VAT, the conference content is predominantly sales tax and (unsurprisingly) tax systems implementations. Like the IPT conference, this is a great opportunity to discuss, hang out and where appropriate commiserate with like-minded tax specialists – the Vertex Exchange is particularly highly rated in the networking area.
The conference website is here: http://www1.vertexinc.com/exchange-us/
These three are on my list of this year’s speaking engagements – October will be a busy month! I will update whenever I hear of other VAT conferences or meetings here in the States.
There is also a Bloomberg BNA webinar on “VAT for U.S. Companies” on September 24. See here for the details: http://www.bna.com/value-added-tax-m17179933772/. This will be an hour of basic VAT training. Check in with me please before you register if you plan on attending.
Of course, outside of these opportunities I would be happy to discuss any VAT challenge with you, share slides or otherwise provide VAT support. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need me.
Mark Houtzager is the principal consultant at US VAT, Inc. – providing Value Added Tax support for U.S. multinationals.