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Office of Tax Policy Research Will Hold Conference in Washington, D.C.

9/8/2006 --

House Committee on Ways and Means Chair William Thomas will give keynote.

DATE: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2006

EVENT: Five Key Perspectives You Can Learn from Other Professions and Disciplines about Tax Policy

PLACE: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW, Washington, D.C.

BACKGROUND: Two dozen tax experts from academia, government, business and media will participate in six panel discussions on tax policy. Each panel will address what non-experts in the following areas should know about tax policy and its implications: tax law, tax economics, tax accounting, tax administration, media coverage of tax issues and business perspectives on tax issues.

U.S. Rep. William M. Thomas, R-Calif., chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, will deliver the keynote luncheon address.

Panelists include: James Hines and Joel Slemrod of the University of Michigan; Len Burman of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; Pam Olson and Ken Gideon of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; George Yin of the University of Virginia; Tom Barthold of the U.S. Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation; Michael Keen of the International Monetary Fund; Donald Korb of the Internal Revenue Service; Timothy McCormally of the Tax Executives Institute; David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal.

Also: Douglas Shackelford of the University of North Carolina; Wally Hellerstein of the University of Georgia; Zanny Minton-Beddoes of the Economist; William Fox and Matthew Murray of the University of Tennessee; Laura Kalambokidis of the University of Minnesota; Howard Gleckman of BusinessWeek; Lillian Mills of the University of Texas; Chris Ohmes of Ernst & Young; Doug Sheppard of State Tax Notes; Mary Jane Egr Edson of the Nebraska Department of Revenue; Annabelle Canning of Verizon Wireless; and Dan Kostenbauder of Hewlett-Packard.

SPONSORS: The National Tax Association, in partnership with the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and funded by Tax Analysts

WEB LINKS: For the full agenda, visit To register, go to

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847