2017 Meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group

Meeting Date: Friday, April 5th, 2015

The next meeting of the Virginia Tax Study Group will take place at the University of Virginia School of Law on Friday, April 7, 2017, starting at 9:30 am and ending about 5:15 pm.  It will be followed by cocktails and dinner at the law school.

Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting, reception, and dinner by clicking here.

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, April 6, and Friday, April 7.  Guests who want a room should call Marriott reservations at 800-331-3131 on or before March 16.  You will need to identify yourself as part of the University of Virginia group staying at the Residence Inn in Charlottesville located at 1111 Millmont Street.  Please note that our arrangement with the Inn is good only until March 16, and you will need to reserve a room if you would like one by that date.  Cost is $169/night.

The meeting will be held in room WB128 of the law school.  As in the past, you may park without restriction in any of the law school lots (designated D-2) but please do not park in the spaces marked for “visitors.”  The usual coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 8:30 am and during the morning recess.  Lunch will also be served in the law school building.

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 potential 2017 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.

Tentative schedule

9:30 – 10:45:   DC Panel led by Cecily Rock of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Eric Solomon of Ernst and Young, Jonathan Traub (Deloitte), and  possibly other participants, will discuss what is likely to happen in the tax world in 2017.

10:45 – 11:00:  break

11:00 – 12:30:  This panel will discuss the implications of the holding in Altera Corp. and Subsidiaries, 145 T.C. 91 (2015) (on appeal to 9th Cir.) on administrative practice of the Internal Revenue Service.  James Malone, Lecturer, University of Virginia, Law School, will be the moderator for  the panel, Alice Abreu, James E. Beasley Professor of Law, James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelpha, Pa.;  Richard Skillman, Caplin & Drysdale; William Paul, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, and A.Duane Webber, Baker & MacKenzie, Washington, D.C., will comment.

12:45 – 1:45:  lunch.  Nina Olson, Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service will give the luncheon talk.

2:00 – 3:30:  The position of the European Union on “state aid” and what this would mean for the reform of U.S. taxation of international transactions.  Ruth Mason, Professor of Law, University of Virginia, Law School, will be the moderator for the panel, and Lilian V. Faulhaber, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, will lead the discussion, and Douglas Poms (invited), Deputy International Tax Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department; Jason Yen (invited), Attorney-Advisor, Office of International Tax Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department, Damien Levie, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section, Delegation of the European Union, Washington, D.C., and Helena Malikova, EU Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Cal. will comment.

3:30 – 3:45:  break

3:45 – 5:15:  Prospects for Corporate Tax Reform:  Eric Solomon, Ernst & Young and former Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy will lead the discussion, and Alan Viard, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Michael Schler, of counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Stephen E. Shay, Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, and possibly others will comment.

5:30 – 8:00:  Cocktails and dinner at the law school.

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