GRIPS-Mansfield Foundation Joint Seminar June 21, 2012

May 29, 2012

GRIPS-Mansfield Foundation Joint Seminar

Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Time: 12:00-13:30

Venue: The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

1st Floor, Room 1A

U.S. and Japan International Taxation & Transfer Pricing


SpeakerMrs. Melissa Muhammad (Mansfield Fellow)

Tax Treaty Analyst, International Revenue Service
U.S. Department of Treasury

ModeratorDr. Wade D. Pfau

Associate Professor, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Program, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


In recent months the United States and Japan have been working on updates to the U.S.-Japan Tax Treaty negotiated by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Japanese Ministry of Finance in 2003.  The enforcement agencies for this treaty are the Internal Revenue Service in the United States and the National Tax Agency of Japan.  As an international tax attorney at the Internal Revenue Service, Mansfield Fellow Melissa Muhammad has negotiated bilateral tax agreements on complex international tax issues including transfer pricing and double tax cases.  As a Mansfield Fellow working in Japan’s National Tax Agency and other placements this year, she has built on her expertise and gained valuable insights into international tax administration in Japan. Mrs. Muhammad will provide an overview of her office at the Internal Revenue Service and outline key issues for the U.S. and Japan in the area of international taxation, including the tax treaty, and Mutual Agreement and Advance Pricing Agreement programs.  She also will provide observations gained from her experiences in the U.S. and Japan, including comparisons between the two countries’ relationships with taxpayers and how they deal with taxation following disasters.

Prof. Pfau, Associate Professor and Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Program of GRIPS, will serve as a moderator/commentator for the event. His current research is concentrated on financial planning over the lifecycle. He is also a researcher on retirement planning strategies. He is a CFA charter holder and he holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. He is a monthly columnist for Advisor Perspectives, and he has published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Investing, and National Tax Journal. He is also the Director of Curriculum Development for the Retirement Management Analyst (RMA) Designation Program.

* Language:  English         

* Admission Free.

* Please bring your own lunch.


For registration and inquiries please contact: or 03-6439-6037 (Ms. Kaneda)

For access to the GRIPS campus:

7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677


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