Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium to Examine Pressing Issues in U.S. Tax Administration September 27

 

The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium brings together leading academicians, practitioners and policymakers to explore pressing issues of U.S. tax administration. Topics include the expanded use of whistleblower powers to gather information on tax abuse, the IRS’s plan to expand oversight of tax return preparers, and the role of fairness and deterrence as principles in criminal tax sentencing.

The Symposium takes place on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 substantive CLE credits and 6 CPE credits.

To register, visit http://shachoy2013.eventbrite.com/

 

Panels and Speakers

Panel 1 – The Increasing Importance of the Whistleblower Provisions in U.S. Tax Administration

Examination of the IRS whistleblower law with emphasis on current issues and how the program could be improved

  • Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
  • Dean A. Zerbe, Partner, Zerbe, Fingeret, Frank & Jadav, and Counsel to National Whistleblower's Center
  • Jeremiah Coder, Greenberg Traurig, former Contributing Editor for Tax Notes  
  • J. Richard Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Villanova University School of Law (moderator)

 

Panel 2 – The IRS’s Efforts to Regulate Unlicensed Tax Return Preparers

Exploration of the issues underlying the IRS’s plan to provide further oversight over previously unlicensed return preparers, including the legal issues facing the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Loving v. IRS and the policy issues for and against increased regulation.

  • Lawrence B. Gibbs, Member, Miller Chevalier and former Commissioner, IRS
  • Dan Alban, Institute for Justice
  • Steve R. Johnson, University Professor, Florida State University College of Law
  • Leslie Book, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law (moderator)

 

Keynote Talk: The View from the DOJ

  • Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General (Tax), U.S. Department of Justice

 

Panel 3 – Criminal Tax Sentencing: Fairness and Deterrence

Discussion of the sentencing phase of criminal tax cases, focusing on principles of fairness and deterrence in regards to both the individual defendant and as to all taxpayers.

  • Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General (Tax), U.S. Department of Justice
  • Bruce Salad, Chief, Southern Criminal Enforcement Section, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Steve Chanenson, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
  • Scott Schumacher, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Graduate Tax Program, University of Washington School of Law
  • John Townsend, Member, Townsend & Jones and Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Peter Hardy, Principal, Post & Schell and Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Graduate Tax Program (moderator)

 

Closing Remarks

  • Keith Fogg, Professor of Law and Director, Federal Tax Clinic, Villanova University School of Law

 

This program is being sponsored in part by Post & Schell, P.C.

 

The annual Villanova Law Review Symposium is named for Norman J. Shachoy, B.M.E. ’58, J.D. ’61 who served as Editor-in-Chief, Volume Six of the Villanova Law Review.  The naming was made possible through his generous support, along with that of his son N. James Shachoy J.D. ’86, of Villanova University School of Law.

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