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IRS Alum Will Provide Insider's View on American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Underscoring its ability to attract experts  who can provide the "inside baseball perspective" regarding monumental changes in the law, the Boston Bar Association today announced that Kevin Brown -- leader of the Washington National Tax Services' IRS Service Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a former IRS official who held the roles of Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement -- will speak at the BBA on Wednesday, February 13 when it presents Understanding the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), a three hour CLE program.

"Kevin will provide perspective and context regarding the political currents that gave way to changes in the ATRA," said Stephen Ziobrowski, a partner in Day Pitney's Boston office who will also be presenting at the BBA CLE program. "His ability to provide the perspective of someone who has worked at the highest echelons of the IRS nationally will help attendees gain better insight on how this Act came to be, what we can anticipate next, and why."

ATRA is frequently misunderstood, with even some attorneys mistakenly believing that ATRA only affected tax rates, when in fact ATRA made significant changes in the tax law itself. The CLE will deal with Income Tax, Transfer Taxes, and Employment Taxes under ATRA.

Joining Kevin Brown and Stephen Ziobrowski on the panel will be Sara A. Wells and Travis L. Blais, both of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo; Julie Hogan Rodgers of WilmerHale; and Sean T. Donovan, Day Pitney.

The February 13 program will be made possible in part by a grant from the Federal Tax Institute Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. Both the BBA's Trusts and Estates Section will be sponsors.

Tax-Exempt Organizations Committees

  • Fundamentals Series
    The Fundamentals Series focuses on the fundamentals of Tax-Exempt Organizations. It's monthly meetings typically feature a presentation on topics of interest to new practitioners. For the 2013-2014 program series, the meetings will focus on 501(c)(3) private foundations.

    Contact Information

    Poonam Patidar

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 542-6000

    Russell J. Stein

    Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

    (617) 897-5638

    Alyssa W. Chandler Fitzgerald

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1561

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Tax Exempt Organizations Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers for Tax Exempt practitioners.

    Contact Information

    Sheryl Andrea Howard

    Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

    (617) 482-7211

    Jocelyn A. Bishop

    Harvard Management Company, Inc.

    (617) 720-6756

  • Tax Exempt Organizations Public Policy
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Tax attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Susan L. Abbott

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1787