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TEI Requests Administrative and Payment Relief for State and Local Taxes in Response to COVID-19 Crisis
On March 25, 2020, TEI sent state and local tax organizations and state tax revenue agencies a letter seeking administrative, filing, and payment relief for state and local taxes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. TEI’s letter was prepared under the aegis of TEI’s State and Local Tax Committee, whose chair is Michell Rodriguez. TEI Tax Counsel Pilar Mata coordinated the preparation of the brief and was its principal author.

We write to urge state tax agencies to provide administrative and payment relief for state and local taxpayers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-house tax practitioners responsible for preparing federal, state, and local tax returns of business taxpayers have been required to telework and, in many cases, shelter in… Read more »

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COVID-19 and the VAT Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to greatly impact the global economy, one area in which countries have attempted to ease the burden is value-added tax (VAT). Some countries have chosen simply to accelerate VAT refunds or offer payment extensions or deferment, but many have decided to reduce VAT rates significantly… Read more »

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IRS Transcripts

The Experts: Alina Solodchikova, Mary Slonina, and Whitney Brady Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts can be a valuable tool when a tax professional is amending a tax return, filing a tentative claim for refund, verifying entity elections, tracking payments and credits, monitoring the IRS’ processing of filings, and determining information… Read more »

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Tax Controversy During COVID-19 Didn’t Have to Be This Difficult

If there ever was a time to pity our friends at the Internal Revenue Service, that time is now. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, budget cuts and staff attrition had hampered the IRS’ ability to keep up with its mounting workload, and the agency’s legendarily anachronistic information technology systems… Read more »

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Advancing Virtually, TEI Proud

For seventy-five years, TEI has set the standard for excellence, service, and commitment to the in-house tax community around the world. Our mission of supporting the educational, networking, and advocacy needs of our members is absolute, as is our commitment to keep members connected to one another, practitioners and sponsors… Read more »

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Connecting, Engaging, Impacting—Virtually

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on landmark events around the world, TEI has made the move to go virtual for the much-anticipated 75th Anniversary Annual Conference. Although it would have been the perfect time to commemorate the Institute’s New York City roots this year, the 2020… Read more »

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Makenzie Zuern

When Makenzie Zuern was in high school, she took her first tax and accounting class. “I’ve always loved math, and I fell in love with taking numbers and turning them into a big puzzle,” she explains. “In accounting, there is always an answer, you just have to apply the numbers… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Chris Anderson

As a senior in college, Chris Anderson had an epiphany while attending an information session for internship interviews. It was the early nineties. There was a recession; the financial crisis of the time was the failure of the savings and loan institutions. And the Big 8 had just become the… Read more »

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Emerging Leader: Jason Weinstein

Jason Weinstein first became interested in tax when he was working after college for the governor of New Jersey. “The governor’s office wanted to push through a package of tax reform. I only had tangential involvement in the whole thing, but it was my job to write the governor’s briefing… Read more »

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Kurtis Bond

Kurtis Bond first gravitated toward tax when he was in law school. “I think it was the problem-solving that initially interested me—the challenge of figuring out how to navigate and interpret a complex statute that applies to a wide range of relationships,” he explains. In addition, Bond says, he really… Read more »

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