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May 05, 2022

Treasury official Lily Batchelder to speak at ABA May Tax Meeting

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2022 – Lily Batchelder, assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, will be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association Hybrid 2022 May Tax Meeting to be held May 12-14. The conference, sponsored by the ABA Section of Taxation, will convene in person at the Marriott Marquis in Washington and will offer many sessions virtually.

Batchelder will speak at the section luncheon and plenary session on Saturday, May 14, at 11:45 a.m. EDT. Before joining Treasury, Batchelder was professor of law and public policy at NYU School of Law and an affiliated professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. From 2010 to 2015, she served as deputy director of the White House National Economic Council and deputy assistant to the president, and as majority chief tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Her research and teaching have focused on personal income taxes, business tax reform, wealth transfer taxes, retirement savings policy and social insurance.

After Batchelder’s keynote, the conference ends with a roundtable discussion on “Tax Data Transparency: Changes Coming to a Post-Pandemic Tax Code?” featuring Brooklyn Law School professor Steven Dean; tax policy expert Mark Mazur; UC Berkeley associate professor of economics Danny Yagan; and moderator Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center at American University.

More than 90 programs will cover myriad topics that range from employee benefits and tax controversy to corporate tax and cryptocurrency. The sessions include:

  • “Inflation: The Role of Tax Policy”
  • “News from the IRS, Treasury”
  • “Cradle to Crypt(o): Tax Exempts and the Life Cycle of a Cryptocurrency Donation”
  • “DOL Cybersecurity Audits — Are You Ready?”
  • “IRS Appeals — Reflections on Two Years of COVID”
  • “Investment Management SALT Issues”
  • “Making the Sausage II: How Treasury Regulations and Guidance are Drafted and Promulgated”
  • “Targeting Tyrants, Toadies, Tax Evaders, Oligarchs and the Ostensible Gatekeepers”
  • “Important Developments in the Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations”
  • “International Reporting Obligations for Transactions Pertaining to Cryptos/Virtual Currencies”
  • “The Metaverse: Ethical Considerations for Tax Practitioners”
  • “Racial Disparities and the Income Tax System”
  • “Enforcement Against PPP Loan Abuse”

The complete in-person conference agenda is here; virtual agenda is here. For media registration, please contact Barbranda Walls at [email protected]. Note: All in-person attendees are required to provide proof before entering the event that they are fully vaccinated and boosted or have had a negative COVID test (within one day for antigen tests or two days for PCR tests) prior to entry.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.