With great pleasure we welcome you to the 74th Congress of the International Fiscal Association in Cancun, Mexico from October 4 to 8, 2020, where we will put together the latest scientific topics, as well as a variety of social and cultural activities for you to make the most of your attendance.
The Congress will be held at the Moon Palace Arena Convention Center, a recently-built facility inspired in the best congress venues in the world with the most efficient and technologically advanced installations in Latin America. The Congress Venue is located within the Moon Palace Resort complex, which provides everything for excellent business interaction, but also an extraordinary setting for a family vacation. So, whether you want some privacy to carry out business meetings, or if you simply want to go for a walk to the beach, or have a good time at the golf course, you can have it all just steps away from the Congress venue.
We are preparing a Scientific Program to provide representatives from both the private and the public sectors, including international tax practitioners, the Courts, Universities and International Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, an excellent forum to exchange and debate, meet and interact with friends, colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors.
Cancun offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages, from a splendorous landscape to a visit to the mystical ruins that will take you on an incredible journey back to the Mayan civilization.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Cancun!
The International Fiscal Association (IFA) was established in 1938 with its headquarters in the Netherlands. It is the only non-governmental and non-sectoral international organisation dealing with fiscal matters.
Its objects are the study and advancement of international and comparative law in regard to public finance, specifically international and comparative fiscal law and the financial and economic aspects of taxation.
IFA seeks to achieve these objects through its Annual Congresses and the scientific publications relating thereto as well as through scientific research. Although the operations of the IFA are essentially scientific in character, the subjects selected take account of current fiscal developments and changes in local legislation.
Membership of IFA now stands at more than 12,500 from 113 countries. In 68 countries IFA members have established IFA Branches. Direct membership is possible in countries where there is as yet no IFA Branch. Please click here for a survey which gives an impression of the geographical spread of the members affiliated to the IFA Branches and a survey of the direct members per 5 September 2016.
Along with the increasing internationalization of the world's economies, international tax issues have become more numerous and of greater importance. Since the end of the Second World War IFA has played an essential role both in the development of certain principles of international taxation and in providing possible solutions to problems arising in their practical implementation. It has been able to do so because its membership consists of high level representatives from both the private and the public sectors, including the Courts, Universities and international governmental and non-governmental organizations and because the Association has maintained over the years high standards in its debates and conclusions. Thus IFA has offered the necessary forum to experts belonging to different sectors of society, where opinions on topics of international taxation can be exchanged with respect for each other's background and responsibilities.
One of the best conference centers in the Caribbean and the biggest at Cancun’s hotel zone. Moon Palace Convention Center stands out for its elegance and sophistication in their services. This venue can handle from a business meeting to a conference and a night full of magic and glamour.
Moon Palace Cancun is ideal for hosting groups of 10 to 10,000. The new Moon Palace Arena alone extends more than 140,000 square feet of super-flexible space.
It has additional options, including the 55,850-square-foot Universal Ballroom Lower Level, which seats up to 5,000 people. Upstairs, find 36,000 square feet in the Universal Ballroom Upper Level and another 26,800 square feet in the Galactic Ballroom, complete with a permanent stage and adjoining meeting room.
Cancun is located in the State of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula; a flat platform of limestone emerged from the sea millions of years ago, there are no elevations or hills, underground rivers come to the surface in the form of sink holes or wells, the soil is not very thick so the vegetation is a semi – tropical jungle with a wild and exuberant fauna.
Business hours are from 8 am through 9 pm some offices are closed from 2pm to 4pm. Shopping malls are open usually until 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm. Restaurants and bars at the hotel zone are open until 1:00 am.
Cancun has a Semi – tropical climate, meaning hot and humid all year round.
Cancun means “snake’s nest” in Mayan.
The official currency is the Mexican Peso.
Electricity in Mexico is 110 Volts alternating at 60 Cycles per second.
In Mexico it is not recommended to drink water from the tap; hotels at the touristic zone have their own purification systems so you can use the water to wash your teeth, shower, etc. Ice at the hotels, restaurants and convenience stores is safe.
All hotels at the hotel zone can get you an English speaking doctor in a short period of time, five star hotels have medical attention on site, however, if it is needed an ambulance will be called immediately. Cancun offers excellent hospitals and medical attention with top of the line technology.
Mexico is divided in different time zones. Most of the Mexican territory, including the Mayan Riviera and Mexico City, are in Central Time zone (Greenwich Mean Time GMT – 6 hours), and changes to daylight saving time from the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October.
The official language of Mexico is Spanish; in Cancun as in most of the touristic places in Mexico, everybody in hotels, stores, flea markets and shopping malls speak English.
Population in the mainland is 628 000 inhabitants officially.