Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The current discussion about tax reform is focused on reforming substantive tax law and not tax administration. Last April, however, a group of tax practitioner organizations put out a paper calling for tax administration reform. You can find the proposal on the AICPA website here.
The nine practitioner organizations include the AICPA, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, and the National Association of Tax Professionals. Notably absent from the list of practitioner groups are the main tax lawyer organization, the ABA Section on Taxation.
The absence of sign-off by the ABA Tax Section does not seem to reflect any disagreement with the proposal. It rather reflects that the ABA Tax Section has simply not completed its review process, headed up by Christine Speidel, the current chair of the Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee.
Those who wish to participate in the ABA Tax Section review process, consider contacting Christine (at Vermont Legal Aid) or talking with someone on the Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee at the ABA Tax Section Meeting in Austin this next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee meets on Saturday at 8:30 am.