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Tax Analysts Announces New Column: View From Vienna

February 3, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced the launch of a new column, View From Vienna, written by Jeffrey Owens, director of the Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

The column will appear in Tax Notes International and Worldwide Tax Daily and will include a series of interviews with individuals in the tax world who influence the way tax policy and administration is approached.

Owens’s inaugural column, “Conversations: Jeffrey Owens and Michael Lennard,” features Michael Lennard, chief of international tax cooperation and trade in the Financing for Development Office of the United Nations. Lennard highlights his work on the U.N. tax committee and provides a distinctive perspective into the U.N.

“Our role is to assist developing countries in the aspect of financing their development, and that means, first of all, that they need to get money into the revenue authority,” Lennard writes. “They are sovereign as to how they do that, but we can give guidance as to what may work, or may not work, in their particular circumstances.”

Owens completed his doctoral work at Cambridge in 1973. His expertise is in tax policy and tax administration, with particular emphasis on international taxation and related domestic issues. For over 20 years, Owens directed the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. He expanded its mandate to include tax policy, tax administration, and consumption taxes. He played a lead role in getting tax onto the G-20 agenda. Owens is also a research fellow at the European Institute in Florence and at the International Tax and Investment Center in Washington, and is senior policy adviser to the vice chair of tax at EY.

Lennard joined the U.N. in 2006 as the chief of international tax cooperation in the Financing for Development Office. He has overseen the development of the U.N. model double tax treaty and worked extensively on the U.N. Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries.

The full column is available here.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or