MAY 12, 2021

The Era of Digital Goods: How State Tax Legislation Is Developing in a Modern World

The Maryland General Assembly recently enacted a bill that imposes a tax on digital advertising, a first of its kind. Advocates of the digital advertising tax believe it provides the state with more revenue from Big Tech, while opponents believe it violates the federal Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act and the First Amendment. Will Maryland’s legislation survive legal challenge, and how will it affect the future of state tax policy?

Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts
Eric LuedtkeMaryland House of Delegates Majority Leader, District 14
Richard Pomp | Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law, UConn Law School
Nancy Prosser | General Counsel, Multistate Tax Commission
Doug Lindholm | President & Executive Director, Council On State Taxation

APRIL 14, 2021

Reforming Tax Expenditures

Tax expenditures have been around for more than 50 years, but there has not been a systematic evaluation or reform of them during that time. Why should anyone be thinking about tax expenditures now?

With heightened urgency from the economic challenges of the COVID-19 health crisis, the reform of tax expenditure systems is vital. Governments worldwide face growing funding needs and cannot afford to continue offering tax deductions and incentives that harm the socioeconomic sustainability of their populations. 

Join us to hear from the best in the industry – experts who will help you understand the main challenges and barriers holding back reform of the tax expenditure system including: 

  • The politics of tax expenditures
  • “Negative” and “positive” tax expenditures
  • Collecting racial, ethnic, and gender information
  • Improving transparency in public finance management.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Council on Economic Policies to educate the broader tax community.

Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts
Chye-Ching Huang | Executive Director at The Tax Law Center at NYU Law
Thomas S. Neubig | Senior Associate of the Council on Economic Policies
C. Eugene Steuerle | Richard B. Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute
Martin A. Sullivan | Chief Economist and Contributing Editor at Tax Analysts

MARCH 17, 2021

What’s Next in International Tax Policy?

While the OECD has been at work on a two-pillar solution to taxing the digital economy, the U.S. has steadfastly resisted changes that would harm multinationals. 

During the 2020 campaign, President Biden proposed policies that might raise taxes on U.S. companies. There is debate over whether those policies are compatible with the OECD's efforts and whether they will disadvantage U.S. businesses. Have corporate rates finally bottomed out, ending the period when developed countries raced to keep lowering taxes on multinationals?

Barbara Angus | Global Tax Policy Leader, EY
Louise Weingrod | VP of Global Taxation, Johnson & Johnson
Lee Sheppard | Contributing Editor, Tax Analysts
Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts

JANUARY 27, 2021

The Fight for Tax Transparency – And Its Impact

In advance of our 50th Anniversary Virtual Gala, please join Tax Analysts on Wednesday, January 27, at 2:00 p.m., ET, for a unique retrospective. This Taxing Issues webinar: The Fight for Tax Transparency – And Its Impact will feature Cara Griffith, Tax Analysts’ President and CEO, in conversation with Con Hitchcock, Tax Analysts’ outside legal counsel. They will review the organization’s half-century fight for transparency in tax policy and administration and discuss where the fight is going in the years ahead.

Con Hitchcock | Principal, Hitchcock Law Firm PLLC
Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts

DECEMBER 8, 2020

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Tax

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the way businesses operate. AI systems process massive amounts of data, identify patterns, spot anomalies, and can even generate predictions to guide action. This enables all aspects of businesses -- including the tax function -- to improve efficiency, identify critical information, and innovate more quickly than ever before. But are there risks?

Benjamin Alarie
| Co-founder and CEO of Blue J Tax
Jeff SavianoGlobal Tax Innovation Leader with EY
Sarah Lawsky | Professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts

OCTOBER 21, 2020

Tax Policy After Election Day: What’s Next?

This Taxing Issues webinar will focus on where tax policy is likely to go, depending on who wins the presidential election. Cara Griffith, President and CEO of Tax Analysts, will moderate a timely discussion that will include Jon Talisman, Managing Partner, Capitol Tax Partners, and Mark Prater, Managing Director, PwC US.

Jon Talisman |
 Managing Partner, Capitol Tax Partners
Mark Prater | Managing Director, PwC US
Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts

JULY 29, 2020

States in Crisis: Problems and Solutions

Please join Tax Analysts for a moderated debate with Michael Leachman, Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Adam Michel, Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation. They will discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the economic downturn on state budgets and debate solutions to the state fiscal crisis, including possible federal fiscal relief for states.

Michael Leachman |
 Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, CBPP
Adam Michel | Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation
Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts

JUNE 3, 2020

Addressing the Economic Crisis: What's Next for Federal Policy

The Honorable Richard E. Neal, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, joined us for the third installment of Taxing Issues.  The Chairman provided opening remarks, and he was followed by a panel of policy experts who discussed the scale of the economic crisis and future policies that will be needed to reduce its severity and length.

Rep. Richard Neal |
 Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
Pam Olson | Washington National Tax Services Practice Leader, PwC
Mark Mazur | Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts

MAY 6, 2020

Stimulus Measures to Date: What's Working, What's Not, and What's Needed

Tax Analysts' President and CEO, Cara Griffith, moderated a panel with special guests Michael J. Desmond, Rochelle L. Hodes, and Raymond J. Stahl. They discussed the recent stimulus packages, how well they’re working, and what more the Treasury and Congress should do to address the economic crisis.

Cara Griffith |
President and CEO, Tax Analysts
Michael J. Desmond | Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Rochelle L. Hodes Principal, Washington National Tax Office, Crowe LLP
Raymond J. Stahl | Principal, National Tax Department, EY

APRIL 1, 2020

The Stimulus Bill and Its Implications

The inaugural event focused on the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, analyzing its tax implications and discussing the future of tax policy in the months ahead.

Cara Griffith | President and CEO, Tax Analysts
Martin Sullivan | Chief Economist and Contributing Editor, Tax Notes
Lisa Zarlenga | Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
Alan Viard | Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)