Thursday, May 12, 2016

9th Annual NLSIR Symposium 2015-16 – Goods and Services Tax: The Changing Face of Fiscal Federalism in India

[The following announcement is being posted on behalf of the National Law School of India Review]

The National Law School of India Review (NLSIR), the flagship journal of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is pleased to announce the 9th Annual NLSIR Symposium on Goods and Services Tax: The Changing Face of Fiscal Federalism in India scheduled to be held on 14-15 May, 2016 at the International Training Centre, National Law School of India University, Bangalore. This year, the Symposium seeks to engage with the topical issue of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that is proposed to be introduced by the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014. Having been stalled for a significant period of time, the passing of the Bill is now imminent, and the far reaching changes that it makes to the indirect taxation regime in India make it a ripe topic for detailed critical examination. Given the novelty of many of the proposed changes, the Symposium seeks to promote an informed discussion among various stakeholders regarding the impact and legal implications of such changes.

Confirmed speakers for the Symposium include Mr. Arbind Modi (Joint Secretary, Tax Policy and Legislation, Ministry of Finance), Dr. M. Govinda Rao (Member, Fourteenth Finance Commission), Mr. N. Venkataraman (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India), Mr. Upendra Gupta (Additional Commissioner Member, CBEC (GST Cell)), Mr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Faculty, Azim Premji University), Mr. Alok Prasanna Kumar (Senior Resident Fellow (Vidhi Center for Legal Policy). Ms. Jayashree Parthasarathy (Partner, BMR & Associates LLP), Mr. Karthik Sundaram (Associate Partner, Economics Law Practice), Mr. Madhukar N. Hiregange, C.A., (Partner, Hiregange & Associates, Bangalore), Mr. TR Venkateswaran (Indirect Tax Director, PwC) and Mr. B. Sriram, Partner (Tax and Regulatory Practice, E&Y) among others.

This year, the discussions will be divided into four panels:

Session I: Constitutional Challenges and Concerns
(Forenoon, May 14, 2016, Saturday)

Session II: Understanding the Dual GST System  
(Afternoon, May 14, 2016, Saturday)

Session III: Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) 
(Forenoon, May 15, 2016, Sunday)

Session IV: Procedural Hurdles and Concerns in Implementing GST
(Afternoon, May 15, 2016, Sunday)

Registration fee for the Symposium is Rs. 500 for professionals and Rs. 250 for students. The payment has to be made at the venue. All those interested are requested to register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1flQ1Zv86UPCAjLOlmYglY5WK_iDhj6DR3r7kPxMKqXU/viewform

For more details visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/997877953621577/

For further information, please contact Ashwini Vaidialingam (Chief Editor): +91-9663370310; Kaustav Saha (Deputy Chief Editor): +91-9916707621 or email us at mail.nlsir@gmail.com.

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