Virginia Tax Study Group Meeting

February 27, 2015

virginia tax study group meetingSome of the nation's leading experts in tax law will convene at the University of Virginia School of Law on March 27 to discuss the significance of recent inversion activity for business tax reform, the implications of the decision in Loving v. Internal Revenue Service, and issues and problems with reliance on TEFRA audit procedures for large partnerships.

The Virginia Tax Study Group includes scholars, practicing attorneys and government officials who work in tax policy. While the core group of experts convenes each year to discuss the latest tax law developments, students are also invited to attend the event.

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Friday, March 27

All events are in WB128, except where noted.

9:30-10:45 a.m.
D.C. Panel

  • Cameron Arterton '02, Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Tony Coughlin, Tax Counsel, U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Fred Murray, Managing Director (Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services, International Tax Services), Grant Thornton; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • Cecily Rock '79, Senior Legislation Counsel, U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation

10:45-11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Significance of Recent Inversion Activity for Business Tax Reform, and Administrative Response

  • Paper: Ed Kleinbard, Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, "'Competitiveness' Has Nothing to Do With It," 144 Tax Notes1055 (Sept. 1, 2014)
  • Comment: Steve Shay, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School, and Brenda Zent, Attorney-Advisor, Office of International Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Moderator: Ruth Mason , Hunton & Williams Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, will moderate.

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Lunch,Caplin Pavilion (invited/registered guests)
Speaker: Alan Viard, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

2-3:30 p.m.
The Implications of the Decision in Loving v. Internal Revenue Service, 742 F.3d 1013 (D.C. Cir. 2014) for the Authority of the Internal Revenue Service to Regulate Tax Practice

  • Chris Rizek, Member, Caplin & Drysdale
  • Karen Hawkins, Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility, Internal Revenue Service
  • Bryan Camp '87, George H. Mahon Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • James Malone '72 , Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Moderator: Michael Doran , Roy L. & Rosamond Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

3:45-5:15 p.m.
Issues and Problems with Reliance on TEFRA Audit Procedures for Large Partnerships

  • Michael Desmond, Law Offices of Michael J. Desmond, Santa Barbara, California, will lead the discussion
  • Judge Ron Buch, U.S. Tax Court, Henry Schneiderman,retired IRS, and possibly others will comment.
  • Moderator: Ethan Yale , Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

5:30-8 p.m.
Cocktails and DinnerCaplin Pavilion (invited/registered guests)


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