Bruce Hamilton

Director, Indirect Tax, Middle East
Bruce has over 30 years of work experience in indirect tax with particular skills in the implementation of VAT/GST systems in the business environment. Prior to joining Deloitte Middle East, Bruce was based with Deloitte Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur to assist business with the implementation of GST (VAT) in Malaysia. Here he assisted businesses as varied as Downstream Petroleum, Property and Infrastructure Development, Airline ticketing providers, Financial Service Facilitator entities and the Shipping and FPSO construction and refurbishment entities. Before that he provided a wide range of advisory services in GST for various industries in Australia and internationally, having been involved in the implementation of VAT/GST in Australia and elsewhere. Here he assisted a wide range of businesses including Tourism related entities including Hotel groups, the major Australian Theme Parks and associated service and conference providers, and Transport providers, Property Developers and constructors, Financial Service providers, including mid-sized banks, and insurers. As such, he brings with him a wealth of practical experience in the intricacies of the implementation process as well as the post implementation bedding down of VAT/GST. In addition he has significant practical experience in the addressing the post implementation treatment of VAT/GST and the preparation of the strategies necessary to ensure on-going compliance – both with day-to-day operations as well as in identifying, and dealing with one-off transaction planning and risk management issues required under such a regime. Bruce is a Chartered Taxation Advisor in Australia.    

GCC VAT Forum - September 11, 2017

2:30 PM Lessons learnt from around the globe: Mitigating risks and preventing penalties

  • What are the implications for businesses that are not ready for VAT by the beginning of 2018?
  • What can be learnt from the VAT experiences in other countries such as Malaysia, UK and Australia?
  • What can be learnt from the VAT experiences in other Arab countries such as Egypt?

3:30 PM GCC VAT Q&A: Your questions answered

Do you still have questions about the implementation of VAT?
This open-floor discussion will address any questions that haven’t been answered within the forum to ensure your company is prepared for VAT

Workshop on managing your systems and break-out sessions - September 12, 2017

1:00 PM

Given the complexities inherent across the retail, hospitality, travel and tourism sectors in the Gulf region, they could well prove to be one of the more challenging areas in terms of addressing the impact of VAT.
  • Recognise the challenges that arise from the retail, hospitality, tourism and travel sector and how to over come these
  • Debate who bears the cost of VAT and manage cash flow issues
  • Outline scenarios which can occur and possible responses in order to give a fuller flavour of the changes expected