Planning Committee

Thank you to the conference planning committee and their sponsoring organizations for all your efforts. Special thanks to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson for convening this event.


Michael Hirschfeld – ABA Tax Section; Partner, Dechert, LLP
Founded in 1939, the mission of the ABA Section of Taxation is to serve over 19,000 members and the public by providing education about taxes and tax systems, and by providing leadership to support the development of an equitable, efficient, and workable tax system. Through continuing legal education programs, publications, and analysis, the Section of Taxation conveys information on the latest administrative, judicial, and legislative developments concerning federal, state, and international taxes and assists its members in successfully navigating the constantly changing landscape of tax law.


Peter J. Panuthos – IATJ; Chief Special Trial Judge, United States Tax Court
The International Association of Tax Judges (IATJ) acts as a forum for tax judges throughout the world to share information, knowledge and exchange of views.  The IATJ’s membership is composed of more than 150 Judges representing Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.  To this end, the IATJ has held its six general Assemblies with great success.


Stephen Shay – ATPI; Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
The American Tax Policy Institute, a section 501 (c)(3) organization, promotes and facilitates non-partisan scholarly research analysis and discussion of U.S. federal, state and local tax policy issues.  It supports cutting-edge scholarship in law, accounting or economics that will aid policy makers and administrators and improve our tax system.  ATPI provides support for roundtable discussions and conferences to further its mission and bring attention to important and timely tax policy issues.


Joan Arnold – President of American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC); Pepper Hamilton LLP
Tracy A. Kaye – Planning Committee Representative ACTC; Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
The American College of Tax Counsel is an organization that recognizes excellence in the practice of tax law. It promotes discussion and examination of tax policy issues and it encourages and advances tax scholarship.



Chris Bergin – Tax Analysts, President Tax Analysts
Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit organization, Tax Analysts is a leading provider of tax news and analysis for the global community. More than 150,000 tax professionals in law and accounting firms, corporations, and government agencies rely on Tax Analysts’ in-depth federal, state, and international content each day. Tax Analysts has the industry’s largest tax-dedicated correspondent staff, with more than 250 domestic and international correspondents.



Carol Dunahoo – USA Branch International Fiscal Association, Executive Committee; Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
The International Fiscal Association (IFA) is the leading non-governmental, international organization dealing with tax matters.  IFA has approximately 12,500 members worldwide from 110 countries, of which 66 have national branches. The USA Branch is one of the largest IFA branches, with nearly 1,000 members, divided into 17 regions.  IFA USA  provide its members the opportunity to not only keep up to date on current issues and planning techniques, but also to meet experienced tax experts from other countries, to strengthen professional relationships, and to rekindle friendships.



Nina E. Olson – Taxpayer Advocate Service, National Taxpayer Advocate 
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. As an independent organization within the IRS, we protect taxpayers’ rights under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS, and recommend changes that will prevent the problems.

ACTC, Conference Registrar
Pam Lyons, Registration Contact

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