Tax Policy Summit

March 25, 2014
8:30 - 10:45 am EDT


Tuesday, March 25

8:40 am EDT Welcome Remarks: William C. Cobb, CEO, H&R Block     Watch On-Demand
Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, The Atlantic
William C. Cobb, President and Chief Executive Officer, H&R Block
8:50 am EDT Keynote Conversation: The Honorable Ben Cardin     Watch On-Demand
The Honorable Ben Cardin, D-MD, United States Senate
Nancy Cook, Economics Correspondent, National Journal
9:20 am EDT Panel Discussion: Tax Reform & Protecting Consumers     Watch On-Demand
  • Leslie Book, Professor of Law, Former Director of Graduate Tax Program, Villanova School of Law
  • Eric Toder, Co-Directors, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Chi Chi Wu, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
  • Moderated by: Nancy Cook, Economics Correspondent, National Journal

About this conference

Recent headlines have focused on new tax reform legislation slashing the corporate and individual tax rates. Yet even as the perennial tax reform conversation again dominates Washington, a more fundamental problem continues to plague the tax administration system. Over the last decade, the IRS made an estimated $140 billion in improper payments, the result of fraud, complexity, and individual mistakes in the face of a labyrinthine tax system. This event will convene key tax policy leaders for a conversation about whether, even without comprehensive reform, there are small but significant steps that can be taken now to combat fraud, preserve the integrity of the tax system, and better serve and protect consumers.

About The Atlantic

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