September 21, 2020

American Bar Association to host virtual Fall Tax Meeting, Sept. 29-Oct. 2

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2020 – The American Bar Association Section of Taxation will hold its Virtual 2020 Fall Tax Meeting, featuring more than 100 panels, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. It will be the Tax Section’s first fully virtual meeting, an alternative to the usual in-person conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opening plenary session on Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. ET will feature a tribute to former Tax Section member Martin Ginsburg and his wife, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The tribute was inspired by the 2018 movie “On the Basis of Sex,” which depicts the Ginsburgs’ successful representation of the petitioner in a tax case that involved an unmarried man’s expenses to care for his dependent mother. The 1972 case, Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, was the first time any provision in the Internal Revenue Code was overturned as unconstitutional.

The conference’s online format provides an opportunity to attend multiple sessions organized by the Tax Section’s committees on topics ranging from real estate and partnerships to employee benefits and administrative practice. The scheduled panels include:

  • “Finding the Silver Lining: Estate Planning Opportunities in a Low Interest Rate Environment”
  • “Beyond CARES: Tax and Economic Policy Responses to the Ongoing COVID Pandemic”
  • “Planning under the SECURE Act”
  • “Issues for Exempt Organizations and Donors Supporting Social Justice Movements”
  • “The Government’s COVID-19 Credit Programs – Tax Considerations for Financial Institutions”
  • “From Small Business to No Business: Tax Considerations for Winding Down a Small Business”
  • “Discovery Requests in the Age of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence”
  • “Transfer Pricing for a Pandemic Economy”

The closing plenary on Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET will focus on the Taxpayer First Act (TFA), which aims to broadly redesign the IRS to expand and strengthen taxpayer rights and to make the agency more taxpayer friendly. IRS leaders will describe what they’ve learned during the process and share the path forward. Lia Colbert, IRS chief of staff and director of the TFA project office, will serve as moderator.

Learn more about the Virtual Fall Tax Meeting here. For media registration, please contact Barbranda Walls at 202-662-1091 or Barbranda.Walls@americanbar.org.

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