Less Than a Month Left to Register for International Conference on Taxpayer Rights

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Convened by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, the International Conference on Taxpayer Rights will take place May 23-24, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“We have brought together an international community of scholars, government officials, and practitioners, all of whom care deeply about taxpayer rights.”

The National Taxpayer Advocate of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is bringing together government officials, scholars and practitioners from around the world for the fourth International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, May 23-24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hosted by the University of Minnesota Law School, the conference will explore the role of taxpayer rights in the digital age and the implications of the expanding digital environment for transparency, certainty and privacy in tax administration.

The registration deadline is near. Tax practitioners, lawyers and anyone interested in protecting taxpayers on a global scale are encouraged to register now through May 15, 2019. The National Taxpayer Advocate recorded a short video discussing the conference agenda.

“In 2015, when I conceived of the International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, I hoped but hardly dared to dream that we would still be going strong four years later,” said National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. “With the support of all sorts of folks, we have brought together an international community of scholars, government officials, and practitioners, all of whom care deeply about taxpayer rights.”

A FOCUS ON TAXPAYER RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

The theme of this year’s conference is Taxpayer Rights in the Digital Age: Implications for Transparency, Certainty, and Privacy. For two days, an international panel of experts from 16 countries will discuss topics ranging from big data and automation to artificial intelligence and data mining, and how they impact the taxpayer. Panels include:

  • Big Data and Taxpayer Privacy
  • Other Challenges to Tax Administration in the Digital Age
  • The Impact of the Digital Economy and Big Data on Vulnerable Taxpayer Populations
  • Taxpayer Rights in the Digital Age: Reflections and Best Practices

The conference will also give attendees the opportunity to discuss the reasons for – and challenges of – adopting and implementing a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) or taxpayer charter. The conference also will explore the role of tax administration in promoting fairness and effectiveness in the tax system.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK WITH GLOBAL TAX LEADERS

The International Conference on Taxpayer Rights provides attendees the opportunity to network with global tax administration professionals. More than 18 countries are already represented at the conference. Following this year, the conference will be held outside the United States for the next two years.

The conference is sponsored by the Tax Analysts and American College of Tax Counsel, with technical assistance by International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. Visit TaxpayerRightsConference.com for more information and registration.

About the National Taxpayer Advocate

Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA), is the voice of the taxpayer within the IRS and before Congress. She leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Throughout her career, Ms. Olson has advocated for the rights of taxpayers and for greater fairness and less complexity in the tax system. Ms. Olson was appointed to the position of National Taxpayer Advocate in January 2001.

About the Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayer rights. Your local advocate’s number is in your local directory and at https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/contact-us. You can also call TAS toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. TAS can help if you need assistance resolving an IRS problem, if your problem is causing financial difficulty, or if you believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should. And our service is free. For more information about TAS and your rights under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, go to https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov. You can get updates on tax topics at facebook.com/YourVoiceAtIRS, Twitter.com/YourVoiceatIRS, and YouTube.com/TASNTA.

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Maryclaire Ramsey, Executive Director, TAS Communications
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