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Upcoming Events: October 2012

posted Oct 16, 2012, 10:09 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 10:10 PM by Unknown user ]

CATRC is pleased to present its upcoming event plan of academic events for the year 2012-2013.


You are cordially invited to take part in CATRC events as:

        - a participant

        - possible presenter

 CATRC offers you a unique chance to share your experience with other tax experts and learn from your colleagues. For the details on participation conditions, please contact us.

round table taxation of small businesses

The objective of the conference is to study, compare and comment on the fiscal regimes applicable to the extraction of mineral resources in the Central Asian region.
Conference will allow the exchange of knowledge and information between professionals and use this opportunity for comparative analyses of national tax systems from the perspective of oil, gas, and mining companies.

  The full details and program information please in the file attached.



Round Table: Taxation of services

CATRC invites you to participate in Round Table on “Taxation of Services”.
Service sector has been increasing and occupying the economy significantly all over the world. Stable GDP growth in Kazakhstan accompanied by higher rate of growth in service sector assures new and wider ways of taxation to the government.
Taxation is a challenge for any business. The round table will allow participants to learn what exactly the tax challenges to service industries are and how they can be dealt efficiently.
  • This event offers an opportunity:
  • To learn about current issues in taxation of services
  • To learn about tax policy development at the global level
  • To broaden your knowledge
  • To network with other researchers and professionals.
The full details and program information please in the file attached.

2nd Adriatic International Tax Round-table

posted Jul 4, 2012, 7:55 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

Second Adriatic International Tax Round-table will be held on Tuesday, July 16th 2012 from 10 am – 6 pm at University of Economics, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Kardeljeva ploščad 17 

Room: CISEF – when arriving to the reception at Kardeljeva ploščad 17 – it is room to your right – we will put some posters there and have a person on the reception to meet and greet participants. 

For instructions see link below – the map there is interactive:

Below you can find the invitation letter.

Kuralay Baisalbayeva - first place at Ernst & Young Tax Professional of the Year competition

posted Jun 27, 2012, 2:18 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

KIMEP University attracts some of the most talented students and Kuralay Baisalbayeva, CATRC researcher, recently graduated KIMEP University student, proved it once again. She took the first place at Ernst & Young Tax Professional of the Year competition and in October 2012 she is going to represent Kazakhstan at the world-wide finals, taking place in Boston, USA.

While for most participants coming from around the world – the travel to Boston will be long, for Baisalbayeva it should be a mere stone-throw – as she will be already in the USA, participating in the US-CAEF International Capstone Internship Program ( 

    While for most participants coming from around the world – the travel to Boston will be long, for Baisalbayeva it should be a mere stone-throw – as she will be already in the USA, participating in the US-CAEF International Capstone Internship Program 

What is pleasant for us is that the half of the finalists, namely four out of eight, were students from KIMEP University. Also, students from other leading universities, such as, Kazakh-British Technical University, Nazarbayev University, Gumilyov Eurasian National University and Lomonosov Moscow State University's branch in Kazakhstan, participated in this competition.

“I am pleased to hear that a large portion of the national finalists are KIMEP students and even more so pleased that the ultimate winner of the national finals is our Kuralay, who has studied Tax specialization at KIMEP ( She joined Central Asian Research Center in 2011 and has done a great job with our team. I hope and believe that the team work and leadership experience, as well as her involvement in our research activities did at least partially contribute in her success,” says Tomas Balco, Associate professor KIMEP University, Director of CATRC.

The Young Tax Professional of the Year conducted a second time and it gives a chance for future generation of tax leaders to get valuable experience, to establish useful contacts, and to get more information about career opportunities on the field of taxation. Needless to say, participation in this contest is an amazing starting point for those who want to work in taxation sphere.

“Taxation has been interest of my studies for the last two years. The competition not only enabled to assess knowledge and skills but also further strengthened the importance of tax advice in today’s tough economic environment. It is a great honor for me to become a finalist of regional contest,” says Baisalbayeva.

The competition is launched by Ernst & Young Company in the frame of international tax program. Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional service firms in the world and one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. This year Ernst & Young celebrate twentieth anniversary of its activities in Kazakhstan.

Young Tax Professional of the Year includes two stages: national and international. During the national stage on June 1, finalists were invited to solve practical problems and make presentations about their solutions.

The jury focused their attention on the analytical abilities and creative approach to the problem solving process as well on practical and communicative skills of the participants.

Presentations were judged from Ernst & Young side by Peter Reinhardt, CIS Tax and Law Leader, Zhanna Tamenova, Tax Partner, Aliya Dzhapayeva, Tax Partner, Danna Balafanova, Tax Manager, Zhannat Yertlesova, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Association of Taxpayers of Kazakhstan, and Tolganay Botakanova, Deputy Chairman of the Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The second stage is an international final which will be held during the 66th International Fiscal Association Congress in the USA. International Fiscal Association is a global organization of tax professionals that brings together the world’s leading international tax specialist from different jurisdictions. KIMEP University’s professors Tomas Balco and Vladimir Tyutyuryukov are active members of IFA. CATRC is actively trying to promote IFA among business community – it is currently working on establishing a Kazakhstani branch of IFA.

According to Baisalbayeva, the experience she gained at CATRC helped her succeed in the contest. “First of all, active involvement in CATRC deepened my knowledge in taxation much. Furthermore, participation in conferences, working on various projects, organization of academic events helped me develop communication, leadership, organizational, time management and team working skills for which big multinationals seek in graduates first of all. I really appreciate knowledge and valuable experience got at CATRC,” adds Baisalbayeva.

CATRC is a leading research center on domestic and international tax issues in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. According to Balco, CATRC becomes a knowledge and research hub on taxation and investment related issues in Central Asia.

“Myself and all of our team work really hard – day and night to work on this objective. We are establishing relations with the Kazakhstani and Central Asian universities and also keep very close relations with the key stakeholders of our Center – which are both the employers of our students, business community, tax authorities, and policy makers,” says Balco.

Balco shares his plans for the future, “ it is needed to upgrade and improve the level and content in our tax courses, attract enthusiastic and truly motivated tax academics who will share our vision and work with us in achieving it, grow our own generation of tax academic – hopefully starting with tax tutors and lecturers, develop new courses and launch Major in Tax – and provide the opportunity for tax specialization also for BCB graduate students, School of Law undergraduate students and also bring taxation at world class level to our College of Sciences, which I believe has a tremendous potential to grow future generations of tax policy leaders.”

Many students today realize that tax is right at the heart of how successful businesses are run. That is why some of the smartest graduate minds want to work in the taxation sphere. KIMEP University provides students with such opportunity. KIMEP has launched Tax Specialization in 2011 – currently only Minor in Taxation. KIMEP students can study some 5 courses dedicated to taxation – focused both on national and international tax aspects within the business and legal context. The initiative is spearheaded by Central Asian Tax Research Center.

As cited in the official web site of Ernst & Young Company, “just entering the competition will give you the opportunities, confidence and platform to launch your career.” For person who will get the first place in the international stage of the competition there will be a 30-day round-the-world business trip to key Ernst & Young Area Tax Centers in London, Washington D.C. and Hong Kong.

“Though I have already graduated from KIMEP, however feel that real study for me starts only now – preparation for global contest. It is a great challenge and heavy responsibility to present Kazakhstan in international competition. However, if there is a desire, everything else is possible. Hope to meet expectations of all who believed in me,” says Baisalbayeva.

Many people support Baisalbayeva and wish her to succeed in the competition. “Kuralay is clearly a future leader in her growing and learning process. I admire her personality – she keeps cool in challenging situations, once she zooms at the target – she keeps the focus and discipline, has balanced intelligence and the necessary breadth and depth to stand up for leadership challenges. She realizes that components of success it is not only her – but herself and the team, she cares about her country and people around her. I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to teach her and work with her and this way at least partially contributes to her growth and development,” says Balco. We are very proud of Baisalbayeva and sincerely wish her success and victory in Young Tax Professional of the Year Award.

First International Tax Summer School in Central Asia organized by CATRC in Almaty

posted May 23, 2012, 5:49 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

Almaty, May 19, 2012 - Central Asian Tax Research Center (CATRC) – an academic unit of KIMEP University is organizing jointly with its partners the first International Tax Summer School in Almaty, Kazakhstan, during August 13-19, 2012.

The Summer School is organized with the support of International Fiscal Association, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation and International Tax Center.

Internationally well-known and recognized tax experts and professional lecturers from IBFD were invited by Prof. Tomas Balco (Associate Professor at School of Law at KIMEP University, Director at CATRC) to jointly conduct this unique educational event. The guest lecturers will include among others: Edwin Vanderbruggen (Partner at VDB Loi, Singapore), Erki Uustalu (Counsel at PwC, Estonia) and Vladimir Tyutyuryukov (Assistant Professor of KIMEP University, Deputy Director of CATRC). Other experts and practitioners from Central Asia will also provide inputs and share their experience during this event. More....

Tajikistan – Kazakhstan Round Table Discussion 2012

posted Apr 29, 2012, 1:55 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

On April 16th, 2012 Central Asian Tax Research Center (CATRC) in cooperation with Tajik State University of Commerce ( held first round table discussion devoted to important issues of Tajikistan’s tax system in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The aim of the event was to hold a comparative academic research event where academics, students, representatives of business community, national institutions and other organizations would have opportunity jointly discuss current issues of Tajikistan’s tax system in comparison with Kazakhstan, other regional and OECD countries. 

During round table discussion participants also had a chance to share with their recommendations and suggestions on improvement of Tajik tax system.

By decree of the President of Tajikistan, the deadline for submission of new Tax Code was extended for two months. It is very important for various stakeholders’ recommendations and suggestions on improvement of current tax system to be heard and considered. From this point of view, round table discussion held on April 16th, has brought its contribution by gathering representatives of various public organizations, consulting companies and governmental agencies to discuss the most important issues.

Read more about the event on

9th KIMEP International Conference (KIRC)

posted Apr 16, 2012, 11:12 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

Dear all,

Central Asian Tax Research Center (CATRC) cordially invites you to Special Session on Taxation on 19 April 2012 at 16:00-18:00 in the framework of the 9th KIMEP International Conference (KIRC).

The general topic of KIRC is “Central Asia: Regionalization vs. Globalization”.

It will be the 4th CATRC’s participation in KIRC. CATRC’s research assistants and KIMEP students will present on a number of tax-related issues of the region, including developments in cross-border activities, electronic commerce, use of special economic zones and implications of Dodd-Frank Act on tax reporting, as well as development of tax consulting profession.

Description of the event and program outline is attached.

The Special Session is organized with a purpose to carry out comparative research in the region on selected topics, to explore and analyse the similarities and unique features employed by various countries.

It will provide an opportunity for companies to find future valuable and knowledgeable employees as students will make a deep research and present the issue and their proficiency in this sphere.

Best Regards,CATRC team


posted Mar 22, 2012, 3:54 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

Aims of the course:

This course will address the practical aspects of taxation relevant to Companies – both in the national and 
international perspective. Part of the course will be also dedicated to Multinational Enterprises - MNE’s, 
where  the students can explore the important tax considerations  to companies in cross-border 

The class will review diverse areas of  comparative company  taxation important for Multinational 
enterprises as well theoretical and practical guidance of how to navigate between the complex rules of 
different jurisdictions and at the same time manage the tax opportunities and challenges as well as tax 
attributes of the financial statements. 

Practical real business cases will be discussed to demonstrate the role of international double tax treaties, 
the limitations of a certain jurisdiction in a cross border transaction. The course will cover different tax 
considerations relevant under different business and economic circumstances. More information about the course and course syllabus is available here..>>
See feedback of students taking this course last year here..>>

Bachelor Course
Lecturer Prof. JUDr. Tomas Balco, LL.M., ACCA
University KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan
ECTS credits 6 ECTS

jubljana Summer School offer many courses which are academically challenging and intellectually stimulating. Discussion between professors and students through various interactive teaching methods are strongly encouraged. Lecturers, from Slovenia and all over the world, are experts in their chosen fields and are actively involved in academic research; many act as advisers and consultants to companies and the government.  More information:

Italy-Kazakhstan Tax Forum 2012

posted Mar 8, 2012, 10:23 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

Italy-Kazakhstan Tax Forum" is a bilateral event between Kazakhstan and Italy, organized by the Central Asia Tax Research Center (CATRC) , KIMEPwith the cooperation of The Ferrara University and the European School of Advanced Tax Studies.

The aim of the event is to hold a comparative academic research event with 2 rounds - one in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the second in Italy - where students and academics will have opportunity jointly study the key features of tax systems and international tax provisions of both countries tax systems. Also the focus of the event is to conduct a research concerning mutual investment climate from both perspectives. Read more..>>

CATRC Opens Exchange Partnership With Utrecht University

posted Mar 8, 2012, 10:18 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

KIMEP is pleased to announce the establishment of a new student exchange program with Utrecht University, one of the leading higher education institutions in the Netherlands. The exchange was launched at the initiative of the Central Asian Tax Research Centre, which will host its first participant for the spring 2012 semester.

The idea for the exchange originated with Daan vam Alem, an Economics bachelor’s student at Utrecht. Daan first met Professor Tomas Balco, CATRC’s director, at the 2011 Ljubljana Summer School in Slovenia. At the summer school, Professor Balco organized the First Adriatic International Tax Forum, which gave tax specialists from around the region the chance to exchange ideas and discuss common challenges. Read more..>>

The 17th International tax conference & International Tax Dialogue Conference

posted Mar 8, 2012, 10:14 AM by Michael Quinn   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 2:20 AM by Unknown user ]

In December 2011 CATRC team attended two international tax conferences: the 17th International tax conference and also International Tax Dialogue Conference. Both conferences were full-day events and covered different aspects of international taxation, the former being of more practical nature and latter being of more conceptual nature.   Among the topics presented during 17th International Tax Conference were international anti-avoidance rules, international tax avoidance and transfer pricing trends. Given conference was of particular interest because it also covered tax law and tax practice in India - developing country with well-elaborated tax legislation and case law practice, which can be a good example for Kazakhstan and other Central Asian States. International Tax Dialogue Conference provided its participants with an understanding of how taxes produce and also reduce inequality.  Read more..>>

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