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Tax Policy Summit

Washington, District of Columbia / March 25, 2014

The Atlantic gathered key tax policy leaders to examine the pathways to combatting fraud, preserving the integrity of the tax system, and protecting consumers.


Recent headlines have focused on new tax reform legislation slashing the corporate and individual tax rates. Yet even as the perennial tax reform conversation again dominates Washington, a more fundamental problem continues to plague the tax administration system. Over the last decade, the IRS made an estimated $140 billion in improper payments, the result of fraud, complexity, and individual mistakes in the face of a labyrinthine tax system. Our March 25 event convened key tax policy leaders for a conversation about whether, even without comprehensive reform, there are small but significant steps that can be taken now to combat fraud, preserve the integrity of the tax system, and better serve and protect consumers. 

Agenda

8:00 am           Guest Arrival and Registration

8:40 am           Welcome Remarks: Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, The Atlantic

8:43 am           Welcome RemarksWilliam C. Cobb, President and Chief Executive Officer, H&R Block

8:50 am           Keynote – The Honorable Ben Cardin

  • Moderated by: Nancy Cook, Economics Correspondent, National Journal

9:20 am           Panel Discussion

  • Professor Leslie Book, Director of Graduate Tax Program, Villanova School of Law
  • Eric Toder, Co-Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Chi Chi Wu, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
  • Moderated by: Nancy Cook, Economics Correspondent, National Journal

10:30 am         Guest Departure

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