Health Care Reform Implementation and Recent Developments in Tax Law Focus of San Diego ABA Tax Section Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 09, 2012 — Leading tax lawyers, government officials and policymakers will gather Feb. 16-18 to discuss updates to federal tax policies, legislative initiatives, regulations and planning ideas at the _ Section of Taxation 2012 Midyear Meeting in San Diego.

_ Section of Taxation 2012 Midyear Meeting

Feb. 16 –18

Manchester Grand Hyatt
One Market Place, San Diego

Top IRS, Treasury and other government officials, legal experts

David M. Walker, founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative and former U.S. comptroller general, will deliver keynote remarks at the plenary luncheon at noon, Feb. 18. ABA Section of Taxation Chair William M. Paul will present the Janet Spragens 2012 Pro Bono Award to New Jersey attorney Frank Agostino, during the same luncheon. The award recognizes the attorney’s commitment to low-income taxpayers.

Among the many issues on the agenda are perspectives on tax reform, tax implications of employment benefit plans, estate tax planning strategies, tax issues relating to health care reform and tax pro bono efforts.

Notable government speakers include:  John Colvin, chief judge, U.S. Tax Court; Peter J. Panuthos, chief special trial judge, U.S. Tax Court; James Halpern, judge, U.S. Tax Court; Juan F. Vasquez, judge, U.S. Tax Court; George Bostick, benefits tax counsel, Department of Treasury; Douglas W. Dahl II, office of chief counsel, IRS; Gilbert Rothenberg, chief of appellate section, Tax Division, Department of Justice; Catherine V. Hughes, attorney-advisor, Office of Tax Policy, Department of Treasury; Karen L. Hawkins, director, Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS; Nina Olson, national taxpayer advocate, IRS; Deborah A. Butler, associate chief counsel, Procedure & Administration, IRS; Karl Walli, senior counsel, Financial Products, Department of Treasury; Mark Wallace, judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court; along with other experts from the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Department of Justice, as well as national leading tax experts from around the country.

Program highlights include discussions of the following:

  • Could 9-9-9 Ever Really Work? Considering Alternative Taxation Structures on the Road to a Fairer, Simpler Tax System;
  • Deduction for Qualified Film and Television Production Expenditures;
  • Employment Tax Issues Relating to Health Care;
  • Renewed Pursuit of Tax Avoidance and Evasion;
  • The New Proposed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA regulations);
  • Digital Downloads and Online Services –Taxing Issues in the Virtual Realm;
  • Money Ball: Inside the IRS’ Global High Wealth Industry Group;
  • The Administrative Procedure Act and Tax Administration: How Does it Apply? What is the Debate? What do Tax Professionals Need to Know?
  • Medicare Taxes and S Corporations;
  • Federal Taxation of Tribes and Their Members – Fundamental Issues and Hot Topics;
  • Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Practice – The Government Perspective;
  • The Future of the Charitable Deduction;
  • Health Care Reform – Tax and Fee Implementation Issues Affecting the Insurance Industry and the Scope of “Health Insurance;” and
  • Legislative, Treasury and Internal Revenue Service Update.

The conference brochure provides a complete list of meeting programs, events and speakers.

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With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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