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May 26, 2022 People in Tax Podcast

Tax Section Relaunches People in Tax Podcast

This spring, the Tax Section is relaunching its People in Tax Podcast. The podcast features interviews exploring the stories and careers of ABA Tax Section members, government officials, and others who influence, work in, or study tax law and policy. Interviews seek to build community and encourage the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in the tax law profession.

The podcast was launched in June 2019 and previously published 46 episodes across 3 seasons. With interviews conducted by James Creech, the podcast has explored the careers of practitioners, government officials, educators, and judges.

With this relaunch, Creech is joined by 3 new interviewers. Gina Ahn is a former Low Income Taxpayer Clinic attorney from Los Angeles, in the midst of negotiating her next position in tax law. Bela Unell is a Managing Director, Washington National Tax, at KPMG US and advises clients, partners, and employees on corporate and consolidated return tax matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, spinoffs, debt restructurings, and bankruptcy workouts. William Schmidt is in the Kansas City area as Clinic Director for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and Supervising Attorney for the Consumer Protection Unit at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. James Creech is Senior Manager at Baker Tilly in the Tax Practice and Procedure group who represents taxpayers in a wide range of tax controversies. The first episodes in the relaunch will give listeners the opportunity to learn about our interviewer team.

Gina Ahn

In S04E01, William Schmidt and Gina Ahn discuss her road to tax law, translating tax jargon for clients, and the unexpected nuances in low income taxpayer clinic practice. Listen here.

William Schmidt

In S04E02, Bela Unell and William Schmidt discuss his shift in law school from business law to tax law, the low income taxpayer clinic program, and podcasting. Listen here.

Bela Unell

In S04E03, James Creech and Bela Unell discuss her road to National Tax, the missing pieces in tax law, and how tax practice has evolved over the last decade. Listen here.