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Tax Transparency: The Good, The Bad, and The Future

September 15, 2015

WHAT: Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, will host the first event in its revitalized conference series examining the benefits and dangers of transparency.

It is the Internal Revenue Service’s job not only to fairly administer the tax law, but also to protect taxpayer information. Transparency allows taxpayers to understand how the law is being administered in order to make better informed decisions and ensure it is being applied fairly. Reconciling transparency with privacy is a difficult job, requiring hard work and nuanced decision-making by tax officials.

Through the lens of the public, the IRS, and tax practitioners, three leading authorities will examine whether we’ve gone too far or not far enough in ensuring transparency in tax administration.

They also will discuss whether tax transparency has been, and will continue to be, the game changer for improving the tax system and restoring public confidence in it.

WHO: Tax Analysts President and Publisher Christopher E. Bergin will moderate the discussion, which will feature National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson; Christopher S. Rizek, a member of Caplin & Drysdale; and Drita Tonuzi, the associate chief counsel for IRS procedure and administration .

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, Polaris Suite, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

WHY: This conference is part of a long-running series of panel discussions that Tax Analysts hosts several times a year on tax policy and administration.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: For more information and to register or view the live video stream, please visit the Tax Analysts event page or contact Shannon Meraw at 703-531-4835 or