Tuesday, March 12, 2019
FROM THE CHAIR
Your Changing Tax Section
By Eric Solomon (Ernst & Young, Washington, D.C.)
The Tax Section held its Midyear Tax Meeting in New Orleans on January 17-19. Numerous panels addressed the continuing deluge of guidance relating to the 2017 Tax Act, such as proposed regulations regarding qualified opportunity funds and final regulations regarding the 20% deduction for sole proprietors and owners of pass-through entities (section 199A), as well as additional guidance regarding the many new international tax provisions.
PEOPLE IN TAX
Interview with Jeremiah Coder
By Thomas D. Greenaway (KPMG, Boston, MA)
The Tax Times interviewed Jeremiah Coder, a contributing author to The National Law Review and past contributing editor of Tax Analysts.
Get Ready for Form 8867 and Related Due Diligence
By Aaron Borden (Meadows Collier, Dallas, TX)
The "Paid Preparer's Due Diligence Checklist" (otherwise known as Form 8867) and the related due diligence regulation have historically been associated with the Earned Income Tax Credit and only occasionally required. Each will have a much more prominent role in most return preparers' practices beginning in the 2019 filing season. In fact, as a result of several recent legislative changes, return preparers will likely find that the regulation's due diligence is required for almost every Form 1040 return impacted by dependents.
Navigating IRS Collections and Presenting Special Circumstances
By Erin H. Stearns (Denver) & Tameka E. Lester (Georgia St.)
Receiving a notice from the IRS can be frightening. Tax liabilities arise from any number of issues. For many taxpayers, the IRS will assess the tax and begin collection efforts. Although there will always be some taxpayers who will go to great lengths to avoid paying taxes, many simply cannot pay because their assets or income are insufficient, they have high medical bills or unexpected expenses, or they have experienced increased child care costs, loss of a job, or a failed business venture.
A Primer on Deducting Losses from Real Estate Activities for "the Rest of Us"
By Elizabeth Yablonicky & Guinevere Moore (both Johnson Moore, Chicago, IL)
Your client has been reading the news about deducting real estate losses and comes to you wanting to know: why didn't you tell me about all the deductions I could have been taking for my rental real estate losses? And can I pay a lower tax rate on my gains? You explain to your client that it is much harder to deduct real estate losses than the current news makes it seem. But your client, who owns several businesses, only one of which is real estate, wants to know--how do I start taking advantage of this deduction?
PRO BONO MATTERS
Pro Bono Matters at the Section's January 2019 Meeting in New Orleans: Because Living's Not Easy in the Big Easy
By Francine J. Lipman (UNLV)
In January, the ABA Section of Taxation held its 2019 Midyear Tax Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Francine Lipman offers a brief history on the evolution of La Nouvelle-Orleans and its effect on the state of Louisiana's tax system.
Recipient of the 2019 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award: Nina E. Olson
By C. Wells Hall, III (Nelson Mullins, Charlotte, NC)
At the Midyear Tax Meeting of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association, held in New Orleans on January 18-19, 2019, the Section recognized Nina E. Olson as the winner of the 2019 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award.
A Retrospective Interview with 2011-2013 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow Anna Tavis
In 2011, Public Service Fellow Anna Tavis began a two-year commitment with South Brooklyn Legal Services in Brooklyn, NY. Through the Fellowship, Anna provided tax assistance to Brooklyn's struggling families who were experiencing the effects of an economic recession. Today, Anna continues her mission to serve the under-served communities in New York.
IN THE STACKS
The Tax Lawyer Streamlines Publication
By T. Keith Fogg (Harvard)
Starting this year, The Tax Lawyer will include state and local tax (SALT) articles along with non-SALT articles in every issue.
YOUNG LAWYERS CORNER
18th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge Winners
The Section is pleased to announce the winners of the 18th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge, a contest designed to give students an opportunity to research, write about, and present their analyses of a real-life tax planning problem.
My God, It's Tomorrow
By Robert S. Steinberg (Law Offices of Robert S. Steinberg, Palmetto Bay, FL)
To the tune of "Tomorrow" from the Broadway musical Annie, with music by Charles Strouse and original lyrics by Martin Charmin.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Report of the Nominating Committee: 2019-2020 Nominees
In accordance with Sections 4.2, 6.1, and 6.3 of the Section of Taxation Bylaws, nominations have been submitted by the Nominating Committee for terms beginning at the conclusion of the 2019 Annual Meeting in August.
Government Submissions Boxscore
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TaxIQ: 2019 Midyear Tax Meeting Materials Available
Did you know that Tax Section members have access to thousands of pages of cutting-edge committee program materials presented at Section of Taxation Meetings?
Get Involved in ATT
ABA Tax Times (ATT) is looking for volunteers to join its ranks as associate editors to assist in writing and acquiring articles for publication.
The Practical Tax Lawyer - March 2019 Issue Coming Soon
Produced in cooperation with the Tax Section and published by ALI-CLE, The Practical Tax Lawyer offers concise, practice-oriented articles to assist lawyers with all aspects of tax law.
The Tax Lawyer - Fall 2018 Issue Is Available
The Tax Lawyer, the nation's premier tax law journal, is published quarterly as a service to members of the Tax Section.
Support the Section's Public Service Efforts with a Contribution to the TAPS Endowment
Through the Tax Assistance Public Service (TAPS) endowment fund, the Section of Taxation seeks to provide stable, long-term funding for its tax-related public service programs.