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M21103 - Young Members Group Event - #Highlights 2021 VAT | Crypto | AML

  • 29 Oct 2021
  • 16:30 - 18:30
  • Intercontinental Hotel


Registration Time: 16:00
Sessions Time:16:30 - 18:30  followed by networking drinks
Mr Jean Paul Debono - The Chair of the MIA Young Members Group
Mr Josef Mercieca - Tax Partner at BDO Malta
Dr Yanika Pisani - Senior Officer at the FIAU,
Mr Jonathan Pace - Indirect Taxation Supervisor at Deloitte Malta and member of the MIA Young Members Group and Ms Ritianne Zammit Indirect Taxation Supervisor at Deloitte Malta.
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel - Cettina De Cesare Hall
Details for Admission: All attendees must have a valid soft copy Covid-19 Vaccination certificate which will be scanned prior entry. Please ensure the brightness on your phone is set to the maximum before entry.
Participation Fees (The Institute is now accepting payments via Paypal)
MIA Members: €40.00
Non-MIA Members: €60.00
Retired Members: €30.00
Students: €30.00
Group discount is not applicable.


In this ever-changing environment, keeping up to date is important, now more than ever! Organised by the MIA Young Members Group and addressed by the MIA President Mr David Delicata, Ms Cauchi Delia MIA CEO and Mr Jean Paul Debono, the Chair of the MIA Young Members Group , the main topics that this event shall focus on are the changes upon the latest VAT Rules, Cryptocurrencies taxation and Anti Money Laundering (AML).


After the session, attendees will be more updated on some of the three fastest changing fields, within the Profession, through experts in the respective areas.


- VAT: Intro to the VAT e-commerce package; presented by Mr Jonathan Pace, Indirect Taxation Supervisor at Deloitte Malta and member of the MIA Young Members Group and  Ms Ritianne Zammit Indirect Taxation Supervisor at Deloitte Malta.
The session shall, in particular, cover the four main VAT legislative changes which came into force as from 1 July 2021, in relation to:
  • Intra Community Distance Sales
  •  Distance sales of imported goods
  •  B2C supplies of services
  •  Online marketplaces which facilitate distance sales
- Crypto: Introduction and taxation of cryptocurrencies, by Mr Josef Mercieca, Tax Partner at BDO Malta.
The session will analyse on a high level the income tax implications of trading and deriving other income from cryptographic tokens. Apart from analysing the tax treatment of payment, utility and security tokens, the session will look into evolving ways of deriving income from cryptocurrencies, including play to earn and staking solutions and
- AML Considerations presented and debated by Dr YaniKa Pisani Senior Officer at the FIAU,  including FAQs by MIA members.


Small-Medium Practitioners, Young Members, Non-members, Students


Dr. Yanika Pisani is a Senior Officer within the Guidance and Outreach Legal Affairs Section of the FIAU, which team is responsible for identifying and responding to the guidance needs of subject persons. Yanika joined the FIAU in 2018 and primarily holds experience within the remote gaming sector. Since joining the FIAU, she has been involved in various AML/CFT projects across multiple industry sectors. As part of her work, Yanika also represents the FIAU by participating in outreach efforts among the private and public sector and provides training on AML/CFT.
Yanika studied law at the University of Malta and is a warranted lawyer. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Mr Josef Mercieca is a Tax Partner at BDO. Josef holds a first degree in Accounting and has worked with one of the Big Audit firms in Malta for four years, three years of which heading the indirect tax section of the firm. He also acted as the Tax Director for one of the longest established small audit firms for nearly six years where he headed both the direct and indirect tax department.
Josef is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Malta Institute of Management and has lectured and delivered seminars and training on topics relating to VAT, local and international tax on various occasions, both in Malta and abroad. Josef was one of the contributing authors in “Principles of VAT Law” the first-ever local publication on VAT in Malta and regularly authors articles on taxation. He used to lecture Advanced Taxation (P6) and Taxation (F6) with Richard Clarke Academy. He also provides lectures to various institutions and associations. Josef has a broad experience in advising local and foreign clients in the setup of tax-efficient structures, in particular, involving international tax, capital gains tax, property transfer taxed and duty on documents and transfers.
Jean Paul Debono is the managing partner at the firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Practicing Auditor. He is specialised in accounts, taxation and financial reporting and has extensive experience in servicing local and international clients across a wide range of industry sectors. Before founding Debono & Associates, a multi-disciplinary firm offering audit, accounting and tax consultancy services, Jean Paul worked with various medium sized firms servicing both domestic and international clients. Jean Paul has an all-round grasp and knowledge of commercial affairs in Malta and is routinely involved in effective business decision making, advising on corporate structure, corporate finance and on the preparation of business plans. Jean Paul is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The Malta Institute of Accountants and The Malta Institute of Taxation. He achieved a distinction in the Professional Certificate in Taxation by the Malta Institute of Taxation. Jean Paul is currently the Chairman of the MIA Young Members Committee and sits on the SMP Advisory Committee. He also represents the Malta Institute of Accountants as a Leader of Accountancy Europe Young Leaders.
Mr Jonathan Pace has been active in the local tax and financial services industry since 2014 and is currently a Supervisor within the Deloitte Malta Indirect Tax practice focusing on the provision of indirect tax advisory services to a wide range of both domestic and international clients. Having attained the ACCA qualification in 2016, Jonathan is an accountant by profession and a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants. Jonathan also forms part of the young members focus group within the Malta Institute of Accountants and also delivers specialized indirect tax training on a number of topics, mainly to operators of the financial services and remote gaming industries.
Ms Ritianne Zammit is a supervisor within Deloitte Malta Indirect Tax practice mainly involved in indirect tax compliance and advisory services for both local and international clients. She is also involved in various tax due diligence engagements and M&A transactions. She joined Deloitte in 2018 after graduating with a Master in Accountancy from the University of Malta while also holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics. In 2019, she obtained a Diploma in Taxation from the Malta Institute of Taxation. Ritianne is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and the Malta Institute of Taxation.


2  Hours Core


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