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Join us for this ENCORE session recorded from the recent Bloomberg BNA post-election conference at the National Press Club sponsored by KPMG LLP -- After the Election: Tax Overhaul for 2017? A Competitive Imperative for American Business.
Treasury has aggressively asserted its authority in recent years. With Presidential-Elect Donald Trump and his appointees taking the reins in January, can we expect the new Treasury to stay the course or will it do a U-turn on a number of hallmark accomplishments of the current Treasury, including the debt-equity regulations, inversion guidance, foreign tax credit rules among others?
Hear from three former senior Treasury officials as they react to the election results and discuss the transition from the old Treasury to the new.
• Hear how three former treasury officials evaluate the likelihood of a shift in direction for the new Treasury
• Learn how Trump’s fast-track tax reform plans might mesh with a Treasury in transition
• Know whether the Treasury will U-turn on a number of hallmark accomplishments
Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Corporate Tax Directors, Corporate Tax Counsels, CFOs, tax practitioners in private and public practice; Chief Accounting Officers; accounting consultants and advisories
Joe Mikrut joined Capitol Tax Partners, the largest independent lobbying and consulting firm specializing in tax policy in Washington, D.C., as a partner in September 2001, soon after the firm’s formation. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Mikrut served as the Tax Legislative Counsel for the U.S. Treasury Department, where he had direct responsibility for policy decisions relating to all domestic Federal tax matters, including the President’s budget proposals, other legislation, regulatory guidance, and Treasury reports. Before serving as Treasury’s Tax Legislative Counsel, Mr. Mikrut served for ten years on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, first as Legislation Counsel and later as the Associate Deputy Chief of Staff. Previously, Mr. Mikrut was a Tax Manager for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago where he focused on corporate and utility tax matters. Mr. Mikrut holds a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, and a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a certified public accountant and serves as an adjunct tax professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Greg Jenner is head of Stoel Rives’ Washington, D.C. office, a partner in the tax practice group and a past co-chair of the firm’s energy team. Before returning to Stoel Rives in 2008, Greg served as both Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Tax Policy (2004) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy (2002-2004). In addition to his service at Treasury, Greg began his tenure in Washington as Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (1985-1989), where he was proud to help write the Tax Reform Act of 1986, among other pieces of tax legislation.
Lisa M. Zarlenga is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Tax Group having returned to the firm after serving nearly four years as Tax Legislative Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy. She is also a member of the firm’s Government Affairs & Public Policy Group. Ms. Zarlenga advises clients on federal income taxation issues, with a focus on corporate transactional and planning, tax policy with respect to proposed tax legislation or Treasury regulations, and tax controversy matters.
At Treasury, Ms. Zarlenga advised Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy on a broad range of domestic tax policy issues, including corporate, partnership, healthcare, tax-exempt organizations, energy, income tax accounting, estate and gift, and procedure and administration. She oversaw preparation of regulations and other administrative guidance implementing the Internal Revenue Code in these areas. She also oversaw the office’s legislative effort and preparation of the president’s revenue proposals for the annual budget.
Ron Dabrowski is Principal and Technical Deputy to the Principal in Charge of Washington National Tax, KMPG LLP, and has more than 20 years of experience in international and business taxation with a focus on international tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and tax policy. He has extensive experience in large-scale, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including extensive work in business separations and acquisition integration. In addition to his Washington National Tax role, Ron leads the firm’s efforts around the section 385 regulations with respect to technical issues, technology development, and engagement quality.
Ron was a partner at KPMG from 2004 through 2010 and returned to KPMG in September 2014. He returned to KPMG after serving in a variety executive positions in the federal government. Most recently, he was a Special Counsel in Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy. He supported the Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Policy) and the International Tax Counsel on a variety of tax initiatives, including work on published guidance and the OECD’s BEPS project.
Prior to joining Treasury, Ron was a Tax Counsel on the Majority Staff of the Senate Finance Committee. He provided technical and strategic advice to the Finance Committee on business tax matters and had primary responsibility for the development of the November 2013 International Tax Reform discussion draft.
Prior to his work on the Senate Finance Committee, he was the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (International – Technical) from October 2010 through March of 2013. In that role, he was the executive in charge of the Chief Counsel’s international published guidance program.
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