President’s Corner

Delivering on Our Promise: Merci Beaucoup, Toronto

By design, there is something for everyone at a TEI Annual Conference. The reason is that TEI is committed to serving the entire in-house tax professional community and, at our conferences, we have the opportunity to deliver on that commitment. If all attendees can bring back actionable insights relevant to… Read more »

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Service and Duty to Our Profession

Being an in-house tax professional means service to our employers and to the system of taxation of which we are a part. We are duty-bound to add value, skill, and competence to both, yet how we choose to fulfill those obligations is a matter of personal choice. For me, joining… Read more »

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Almost Complete, Never Done

When TEI’s 2016–2017 year started and work began on our goals assembled under the theme “Staying Nimble With Change,” few could have envisioned the profound political shifts that would result from the 2016 national election cycle. Would the new political alignment create an environment conducive to enacting comprehensive tax reform… Read more »

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Rites of Spring, Washington-Style

Springtime in Washington means cherry blossoms, federal budget proposals, debt ceiling debates, and a host of other seasonal events. In the TEI world, we count our Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury liaison meetings and our Midyear Conference as falling into this “seasonal” bucket. These events, to gather and exchange… Read more »

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TEI in Action

One of the privileges of serving as TEI’s international president is having the opportunity to visit chapter leaders and members in different parts of the world—in short, to watch TEI in action. So, just before the holidays, I was delighted to lead a delegation of members and staff to our… Read more »

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A Little Rebellion Now and Again

Over two hundred years ago, Thomas Jefferson observed that “a little rebellion every now and then is a good thing.” Well, there are rebellions and then there are rebellions. The recent 2016 presidential election arguably belongs in that second category, with its pushed envelopes, destroyed conventions, and overturned expectations about… Read more »

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Checking in Ahead of Year-End

It’s almost year-end. No, not that year-end! The one that’s focused on family and friends, sumptuous meals, storytelling, and kids home from school. Yes, it’s almost holiday time, when we take stock of our progress, express thanks for our blessings and accomplishments, and hope for the same in the coming… Read more »

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Reporting for Duty and Honored to Serve

Leading the preeminent association of in-house tax professionals represents the ultimate combination of service and duty to our peers and profession and, for me, is a capstone to my thirty-plus-year career as a tax professional. As I rose through the Institute’s leadership queue, I regularly thought about how, when my… Read more »

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Thank You

When I began preparing for my year as TEI International President, I reached out to several past presidents to gain a general sense about their experiences, what was especially memorable, and what, if anything, they may have done differently. I was especially interested in two particular dimensions. First, the goal-setting… Read more »

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In the Home Stretch

To borrow a racing expression, we are in the home stretch of the 2015–16 TEI year with the finish line clearly in sight. And, putting aside for a moment how quickly time has passed, it would seem logical to take some stock of where we are in our Building for… Read more »

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