Taxation: History and Implications

Course Code: TAX101-WS
Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:30 Hours: 6 Sessions: 4 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Location: Online

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Course Description

There are two certainties in life - death and taxes. This workshop focuses on the latter and how modern taxation systems have come into being. From ancient times with taxes at borders, to how Marco Polo discovered taxation through gold exchange to the current day comparing different tax regimes of Japan, the US and UK, and their effects on regions and demographics. Participants will explore tax as state aid, how tax breaks can lead to retaliation in trade wars, new rules that tax policy-makers and multinationals are expected to comply with, tax as a social leveller (or not), and how mobility and connectivity allows individuals to shop the world for tax regimes. The workshop also explores the other side of tax - collecting it; which involves auditing, ethics and governance.


May May Ho

Instructor Biography

May May Ho qualified as a Fellow Chartered Accountant ("FCA") under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2007 after training with Ernst and Young in London. She is a UK and Singapore Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in International Business from the University of Lancaster, UK. She has experience in financial auditing at Ernst and Young before moving on to regulatory reporting at Merrill Lynch and later the Royal Bank of Scotland. Since 2011 she has embarked on an academic and writing career drawing on her experiences and expertise. Away from work May May enjoys fashion and travelling.