2015 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group

Meeting Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Some 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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The next meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group will take place at the University of Virginia School of Law on Friday, March 27, 2015, starting at 9:30 am and ending about 5:15 pm. It will be followed by cocktails and dinner at the law school.

For those who wish hotel accommodations, we have reserved a set of rooms in The Residence Inn by Marriott, which is around the corner from the law school, for the nights of Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27. If you would like accommodations for one or more of those nights, please inform Melinda Carpenter (, who will then make the arrangements with the Inn. Please note that our arrangement with the Inn is good until March 5, and we will need to reserve a room, if you ask us to, by that date. The cost of the room will be $139, plus tax.

As you will see from the tentative schedule set forth below, the opening session for the program will be our usual “DC Panel” led by Cecily Rock, who will advise on 2015 tax law developments. The remaining sessions will all involve discussions of important tax policy and tax administration issues. We have a highly distinguished group of experts who will present and comment on these issues.

As we have in past years, we will make available written materials dealing with each of the substantive topics. We will send you an email with the Website location containing the papers and password information for access, and will send a PDF of the materials upon request. As usual, we have reserved a significant amount of time for audience involvement and hope that all of you will actively participate in the program throughout the day.

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
  • Rohit Kumar ’00, Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Cecily Rock ’79, Senior Legislation Counsel, U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Jon Traub ’94, Principal, Deloitte
  • Other participants TBA

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 Notes 1055 (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.

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


Past Events

2014 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group
Friday, April 11, 2014

2013 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group
Friday, March 22, 2013

2012 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group
Friday, March 30, 2012

2011 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group
Friday, March 25, 2011

2010 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group
Friday, March 26, 2010