The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium brought together leading academicians, practitioners and policymakers to explore pressing issues of U.S. tax administration on Sept. 27, 2013. Topics included 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.
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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
Moderator: J. Richard “Dick” Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Villanova University School of Law
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.
Moderator: Leslie Book, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
Keynote Talk: The View from the DOJ
Introduction: Keith Fogg, Professor of Law and Director, Federal Tax Clinic, Villanova University School of Law
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.
Moderator: Peter Hardy, Principal, Post & Schell and Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Graduate Tax Program
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.