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23 - 24 May 20194th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights

This conference connects government officials, scholars and practitioners from around the world to explore how taxpayer rights globally serve as the foundation for effective tax administration.
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Minnesota, Minneapolis
4th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights
International Conference Taxpayer
The National Taxpayer Advocate of the US Internal Revenue Service is convening the 4th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights from 23-24 May 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference is hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Law and sponsored by Tax Analysts, with technical assistance by IBFD.
The 2019 conference will explore the role of taxpayer rights in the digital age and the implications of the expanding digital environment for transparency, certainty and privacy in tax administration.
Highlights of the conference include:
  • The existence and analysis of taxpayer charters and taxpayer bills of rights around the world, and the foundation of taxpayer rights in human rights.
  • An analysis of the treatment of taxpayer rights, including common and civil law, with recommendations to establish some global common standards.
  • The impact of big data on the right to privacy in the context of tax administration.
  • The availability of administrative guidance, its role in fostering compliance, and administrative or statutory vehicles for obtaining access to that guidance.
  • Taxpayers’ reliance on published administrative guidance, how authorities treat that reliance, and remedies for taxpayers harmed by such reliance.
  • The role of “whistle-blowers” in tax administration, including access to tax information, and protections for both the whistle-blower and the subject taxpayer.
  • The impact of increasingly digital delivery of taxpayer assistance on vulnerable taxpayer groups, including the efficacy of different modes of communicating with taxpayers in order to promote compliance.

Event Programme


Wednesday, 22 May

    • 17:30 - 19:30 Welcome Reception

Thursday, 23 May

  • 08:00 - 08:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks: The Current Environment for Taxpayer Rights
  • 09:00 - 11:00 The Status and Effect of Taxpayer Rights Charters and Bills of Rights in the 21st Century
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Administrative Law and Taxpayer Rights
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 The Role of the Administrative State: A Debate
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Big Data and Taxpayer Privacy
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Other Challenges to Tax Administration in the Digital Age
  • 18:30 - 21:30 Reception/Dinner

Friday, 24 May

  • 08:30 - 09:00 IBFD Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayer Rights (OPTR)
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Whistle-blowers: Protections and Privacy
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - 12:30 A Conversation with the Judiciary
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00 The Impact of the Digital Economy and Big Data on Vulnerable Taxpayer Populations
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Taxpayer Rights in the Digital Age: Reflections and Best Practices
  • Alice G. Abreu, Professor of Law, Temple University Law School, United States
  • Honourable Tamara W. Ashford, US Tax Court, United States
  • Philip Baker, QC, Field Court Tax Chambers, United Kingdom
  • Edi Bassey, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Leslie Book, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law, United States
  • Monray Marsellus Botha, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Caroline Ciraolo, Kostelanetz & Fink, United States
  • James Creech, The Law Offices of James Creech, California, United States
  • Wei Cui, Director, Centre for Asian Legal Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Stephen Daly, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, United Kingdom
  • Rodelio Dascil
  • Lilian Faulhaber, Georgetown University Law Center, United States
  • Carika Fritz, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Stjepan Gadzo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia
  • Richard K. Greenstein, Professor, Temple University School of Law, United States
  • Cara Griffith, Publisher, Tax Analysts, United States
  • Shelley Griffiths, University of Otego, New Zealand
  • Honourable Manuel Hallivis, Presidente Magistrado del Tribunal Federal de Justicia Fiscal y Administrativa (TFJFA), Mexico
  • Kristin Hickman, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, United States
  • Stephanie Hoffer, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, United States
  • Honourable Mark Holmes, US Tax Court, United States
  • Sime Josipovic
  • Eleonor Kristoffersson, Orobro University, Sweden
  • Ylva Larsson, Orobro University, Sweden
  • Honourable Eui Young Lee, High Court Judge at the Seoul High Court, South Korea
  • Pavel Martinik, Czech Republic
  • Gianluca Mazzoni, University of Michigan, United States
  • William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School, United States
  • Stephanie McMahon, University of Cincinnati College of Law, United States
  • Emer Mulligan, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service, United States
  • Katerina Perrou, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Pasquale Pistone, Academic Chairman, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Ewa Prejs, Poland
  • Sherra Profit, Taxpayers’ Ombudsman for Canada, Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman, Canada
  • Christopher S. Rizek, Caplin & Drysdale, United States
  • Alan Rozenshtein, University of Minnesota Law School, United States
  • Adrian Sawyer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Caleb Smith, University of Minnesota Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, United States
  • Iryna Stepanova, International Communities Organisation, Research Fellow, Switzerland
  • Aleksandra Tychmanska
  • Dennis Ventry, UC Davis School of Law, United States
  • Norberto Vilanueva
  • Carlos Weffe, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Viktoria Wöhrer, WU (Vienna University of Business and Economics), Rödi & Partner, Austria
University of Minnesota School of Law
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455