Thursday, November 9, 2023
St. Paul River Centre, Rooms 7-9, St. Paul, MN

It's been four years since our annual meeting policy forum has been in person, but we are making up for lost time with one of our best programs ever.  This year's agenda includes an inside look at the initiatives, activities, and controversies surrounding the IRS 's modernization efforts; an examination of the opportunities and issues surrounding the adoption of artificial intelligence in government operations, and an update from Department of Revenue Commissioner Marquart on department operations.

This year, we are especially pleased to have Professor Joel Slemrod, one of the nation's most distinguished tax scholars and economists join as our featured luncheon speaker. He will be discussing his most recent book, Rebellions, Rascals and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom Through the Ages, an entertaining and instructive look at the history of financing government over the millennia in all its curious forms.   All forum attendees will receive a copy of the book.


8:30 – 8:45 am
Welcome and Introduction
Sarah Gette, President, MCFE
Mark Haveman, Executive Director, MCFE

8:45 – 9:15 am
Department of Revenue Operations Update
Paul Marquart
, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Revenue

9:15 – 10:15 am
IRS Modernization: Focus Areas, Expectations, and Progress to Date
Nikole Flax
, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and former Director
Internal Revenue Service IRA 2022 Transformation and Implementation Office

10:15 – 10:35 am Break

10:35 – 11:35 am
The Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence in Government
Joe Mariani
, Research Senior Manager, Deloitte Center for Government Insights

11:35 – 11:50 am      Break

11:50 – 1:15 pm
Annual Meeting Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Joel Slemrod

 Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business
and Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan
Rebellion, Rascals and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom Through the Ages