Overview

The 65th Annual Taxation Conference features an impressive slate of topics with regionally and nationally renowned speakers covering current trends, updates in tax regulation and policy, and much more.

  • Examine key concepts and considerations related to civil and criminal tax collection with DOJ Tax Division representatives.
  • Gain insight into Penalties Above 20%, including what they are, when they are applied, and how to defend against them.
  • Learn about the latest changes to Texas State and Local tax law, including recent legislative and judicial developments.
  • Explore Dealing With a Decedent’s Fraud: Cleaning Up Our Dead Client’s Bad Behavior with Frank Agostino of Agostino & Associates, P.C. and Larry Sannicandro of McCarter & English.
  • Discuss the basics of structuring captive insurance companies, as well as the pitfalls to avoid and the current trends in IRS challenges to these arrangements.
  • Analyze recent developments in federal income taxation with Professor Bruce A. McGovern.
  • Earn up to 2.00 hours of ethics credit, including an hour on Ethical Issues Involving the Deceased, Incompetent, and Unavailable, and Social Media and Tax Ethics.
Continue on Friday with Professor Stanley M. Johanson’s popular one-day Estate Planning Workshop offering lively discussion, practical advice, and updates.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Morning, Dec. 13, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Christina A. Mondrik, Mondrik & Associates - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Penalties Above 20%: What Are They, When Are They Applied, and How Do You Defend?

    Caroline D. Ciraolo, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP - Washington, DC

    Discuss the various penalties, when they may apply, and applicable defenses, when the IRS seeks to impose accuracy-related penalties in excess of 20%, including gross valuation misstatements, undisclosed non-economic substance transactions, undisclosed foreign financial asset understatements, and undisclosed listed and other avoidance transactions. 
  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    EPCRS and Retirement Plans: A Misunderstood Relationship

    T. David Cowart, Dentons - Dallas, TX

    EPCRS has enjoyed unparalleled acceptance as an IRS tool to correct retirement plan failures, yet too few appreciate what the 19 year old gift can do. Get better acquainted with the "EPCRS 11.0" and learn what its newest features can do for your clients.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    1.50 hrs
    Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: How to Deal With the New IRS Audit Rules in Your Partnership Agreements

    Elizabeth A. Copeland, Strasburger & Price, LLP - San Antonio, TX
    Charles P. Rettig, Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C. - Beverly Hills, CA

    Review techniques for drafting partnership agreements to deal with considerations presented by the new partnership audit rules (including various potential conflicts, fiduciary duties, flexibility vs. control of the PR, and opting out or not), while taking into account the rules' potential application for both federal and state purposes.
  • 11:45 am
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration. 
  • Wednesday Afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    James F. Martens, Martens, Todd, Leonard & Ahlrich - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:05 pm
    1.00 hr
    Update from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

    Glenn A. Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Austin, TX
    Nancy L. Prosser, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Austin, TX

    Learn about trends and issues affecting the Texas economy and tax administration from the Comptroller of Public Accounts and his staff. Understanding where we are today can help all of us ensure we remain prosperous tomorrow.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    Are You Saying Someone Could Actually Go to Jail ... for THAT??

    G. Tomas Rhodus, Gray Reed - Dallas, TX

    Hear how criminal tax enforcement is taking some new and unexpected directions. Old statutes—but surprising new uses.
  • 2:20 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Social Media and Tax Ethics

    Benjamin David Halpern, Shackelford, Melton & McKinley - Dallas, TX

    Address the ethical concerns that can arise from the use (and misuse) of social media by attorneys, with particular attention to how tax practitioners should be aware of the benefits and risks of such technology.
  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Recent Developments in 1031 Exchanges

    Todd Keator, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

    Explore recent developments involving 1031 exchanges, with a focus on recent court decisions and IRS pronouncements. Examine the latest trends and techniques pertaining to 1031 exchange transactions and structures.
  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Ethical Issues Involving Deceased, Incompetent, and Unavailable Clients

    Rachel L. Partain, Caplin & Drysdale - New York, NY

    If a client becomes unavailable or passes away before a filing deadline or trial date, an attorney will have challenges effectively representing the client. Identify common issues that arise in representing deceased, incompetent, and unavailable clients.
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Dec. 14, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Catherine C. Scheid, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast. 
  • 8:30 am
    2.00 hrs
    Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation

    Bruce A. McGovern, South Texas College of Law Houston - Houston, TX

    Review significant court decisions, rulings, and statutory and regulatory developments of the past year.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    State and Local Tax Update

    Amanda Traphagan, Seay & Traphagan, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Survey the significant changes in Texas state and local tax law, including recent legislation, court decisions, and administrative developments.
  • 11:45 am
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration. 
  • Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 14, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    T. Charles Parr III, Parr & Associates - San Antonio, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:05 pm
    1.00 hr
    Tax Reform: Why #TRIH Tax Reform is Hard and #TRIM Tax Reform is Mandatory

    Pamela F. Olson, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Washington, DC

    Explore the impact of our current tax system, why reform matters, why it's controversial, and the implications of potential reforms for the short and long run. 
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    Tax Collection by the Department of Justice Tax Division: Key Concepts and Considerations

    Herb Linder, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division - Dallas, TX (Invited)
    Ramona Stephens Notinger, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division - Dallas, TX (Invited)
    Andy Sobotka, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division - Dallas, TX (Invited)

    Learn how the DOJ collects unpaid taxes and the considerations it takes into account when enforcing unpaid tax liabilities. Get a thorough overview of numerous collection tools at DOJ’s disposal, including enforcement of levies, tax liens, judgment liens, nominee and alter ego determinations, sequestrations, and garnishments. Hear how the DOJ uses informal and formal discovery to uncover hidden assets to satisfy unpaid taxes.
  • 2:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    Controversies and Transactional Issues (Captive Insurance)

    Cindy L. Grossman, Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel, LLP - Austin, TX
    Charles J. "Chad" Muller III, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry - San Antonio, TX

    Captive insurance companies can be useful risk management tools for small businesses when designed and implemented correctly. Gain insights into the basics of structuring captive insurance companies, traps to avoid, and current trends in IRS challenges to captive arrangements.
  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Dealing with a Decedent’s Fraud: Cleaning up Our Dead Client’s Bad Behavior

    Frank Agostino, Agostino & Associates, P.C. - Hackensack, NJ
    Larry Sannicandro, McCarter & English - Newark, NJ

    The fraudulent acts of a decedent can, and often do, plague an estate and expose fiduciaries to personal liability. Discuss practical strategies to resolve issues arising from, and limit fiduciary liability with respect to, unreported taxable gifts, undisclosed offshore financial arrangements, and fraudulent tax returns filed by the decedent.
  • 4:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Frank Agostino

Agostino & Associates, P.C.
Hackensack, NJ

Caroline D. Ciraolo

Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
Washington, DC

Elizabeth A. Copeland

Strasburger & Price, LLP
San Antonio, TX

T. David Cowart

Dentons
Dallas, TX

Cindy L. Grossman

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel, LLP
Austin, TX

Benjamin David Halpern

Shackelford, Melton & McKinley
Dallas, TX

Glenn A. Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Austin, TX

Todd Keator

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Herb Linder

U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Dallas, TX
(Invited)

Bruce A. McGovern

South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX

Charles J. "Chad" Muller III

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
San Antonio, TX

Ramona Stephens Notinger

U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Dallas, TX
(Invited)

Pamela F. Olson

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Washington, DC

Rachel L. Partain

Caplin & Drysdale
New York, NY

Nancy L. Prosser

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Austin, TX

Charles P. Rettig

Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C.
Beverly Hills, CA

G. Tomas Rhodus

Gray Reed
Dallas, TX

Larry Sannicandro

McCarter & English
Newark, NJ

Andy Sobotka

U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Dallas, TX
(Invited)

Amanda Traphagan

Seay & Traphagan, PLLC
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Christina A. Mondrik—Chair

Mondrik & Associates
Austin, TX

Catherine C. Scheid—Vice-Chair

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Deborah Salzberg—Director

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Maxine Aaronson

Attorney at Law
Dallas, TX

Stephen R. Akers

Bessemer Trust
Dallas, TX

R. Gordon Appleman

Thompson & Knight LLP
Fort Worth, TX

Stanley L. Blend

Strasburger & Price, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Michael L. Cook

Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC
Austin, TX

Mickey R. Davis

Davis & Willms, PLLC
Houston, TX

Dennis B. Drapkin

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX

Lauren Fitte

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel, LLP
Austin, TX

Lawrence B. Gibbs

Miller & Chevalier
Washington, DC

Joe Hull

Bracewell
Austin, TX

Kristie Iatrou

Mondrik & Associates
Austin, TX

Donald O. Jansen

The University of Texas System
Austin, TX

Stanley M. Johanson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Calvin H. Johnson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

James F. Martens

Martens, Todd, Leonard & Ahlrich
Austin, TX

Charles J. "Chad" Muller III

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
San Antonio, TX

Patrick L. O'Daniel

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

T. Charles Parr III

Parr & Associates
San Antonio, TX

Robert J. Peroni

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Kelli H. Todd

Martens, Todd, Leonard & Ahlrich
Austin, TX

Amanda Traphagan

Seay & Traphagan, PLLC
Austin, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live

To comply with NASBA Standards, attendees claiming CPE credit must sign in to verify attendance for each segment. Attendance sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk. You will need your CPA license number to sign in. A CPE Certificate of Completion will be provided at the conclusion of the conference.

Reporting: CPAs are responsible for reporting CPE credits earned to their state's accountancy board, and must retain appropriate documentation of their participation in learning activities. Visit your state’s reporting website for more information or www.nasba.org.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – Dec 13-14, 2017 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
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Venue

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6505 N. Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752-4346
512-454-3737
800-866-3126 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$149 room rate good through November 29, 2017 (subject to availability). Please refer to the Taxation and Estate Planning Conference when calling the reservations department. 

Parking Information

Daily or Overnight Self-parking: $8 
Valet Parking: $18

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