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The Second Annual Tax Policy Symposium


Tax Reform in 2017 - Exploring the Blueprint

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The 2016 Presidential campaign generated renewed interest in the need for Comprehensive Tax Reform. The President and Congress have indicated their desire to propose and pass comprehensive tax reform before the end of this year. The 2017 Villanova University Graduate Tax Program Tax Policy Symposium will explore the Blueprint for Reform that began the process, and discuss additional plans that have been proposed.

This event will bring together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and tax policy issues surrounding the current tax reform proposals, as well as their economic impact.

The symposium will take place on Thursday. June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). A networking breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This program is approved for 4.5 substantive CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and for 4.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) tax credits for Certified Public Accountants.



Networking and Coffee: 8 - 8:30 a.m

Welcome: 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Edward A. Liva, Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate Tax Program, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Featured Speaker: 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

"An Update from the House Ways and Means Committee"

Patrick Meehan, Representative of the Seventh District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Congress

Panel 1: 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

"The road to tax reform—What's involved and how it can be accomplished."

Pam Olson, US Deputy Tax Leader and Washington National Tax Services Practice Leader, PwC

Panel 2: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

"The impact on the real estate industry and other businesses that operate as partnerships"

Jim Sowell, Principal, KPMG LLP

Peter Furci, Parter, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Panel 3: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

"The border adjustment tax and how it will impact multinational corporations and businesses"

Christopher Trump - Managing Principal of Washington National Tax International Tax Services Group, Deloitte LLP

Clarke Norton, Principal, Deloitte Tax LLP

Panel 4 & Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

"The impact on individual and corporate taxpayers"

John Gimigliano, Principal-in-Charge, Federal Legislative and Regulatory Services, Washington National Tax, KPMG