MCFE 2018 Annual Meeting and Policy Forum: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Tax World

Our MCFE Policy Forum is open to everyone -- both members and non-members.

CPE and CLE credits available.

Wednesday, October 10
St. Paul River Centre
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Program Overview

Panel 1: Life after Quill -- The Policy and Politics of Taxing E-Commerce

The Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the longstanding "physical presence" requirement for sales tax collection purposes changes the landscape of sales tax collection as we know it.   But the ruling itself prompts an abundance of unresolved implementation issues and compliance questions and also has potential long-range ramifications for other elements of state tax systems.   Having participated on the front lines of this debate for years, our panel of national tax experts will explore the policy, administrative, and political aftermath of what has been called "the tax case of the millennium."

Harley Duncan, Managing Director, KPMG, Washington DC
Craig Johnson, Executive Director, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc.
William Lasher, Senior Director, Indirect Taxes, eBay Inc.
Doug Lindholm, President and Executive Director, Council on State Taxation

Panel 2: Unfinished Business -- Minnesota Tax Policy and the 2019 Session

The implications of Minnesota's failure to enact a federal conformity bill in the 2018 session -- already being experienced by the Department of Revenue -- will be more fully appreciated in the 2019 tax filing season putting a major unresolved issue right back in the spotlight.    Add in taxation of e-commerce, the scheduled elimination of the provider tax, state budget deliberations, and -- perhaps above all -- new players in the negotiations and all the ingredients exist for a tax policy year to remember.  Our panel of capitol veterans and state tax experts will examine the policy issues and the political dynamics and debates that are likely to frame the 2019 legislative session.    

Jim Girard, Former legislator and commissioner, Minnesota Department of Revenue
Ann Lenczewski, Former chair, House Tax Committee
Joel Michael, Legislative Staff, Minnesota House Research
Jenny Starr, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Revenue

Luncheon Speaker

C. Eugene Steurele

Richard B. Fisher Chair, Institute Fellow, and Co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, and Author of  Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future

“Reframing the Budget and Tax Debate”

As reflected in a distinguished public finance career spanning over four decades, few if any individuals can match the depth and breadth of experience in both tax and fiscal policy as this year's luncheon speaker, Dr. Eugene Steurele.

Among past positions, he has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Analysis, Vice President at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, co-director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and columnist for Tax Notes Magazine and the Financial Times. Between 1984 and 1986 he served as Economic Coordinator and original organizer of the Treasury's tax reform effort, for which Treasury and White House officials have written that tax reform "would not have moved forward without your early leadership.”

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of eighteen books and over 1,500 articles, briefs, reports, and Congressional testimonies.  

He served as President of the National Tax Association and chaired the 1999 Technical Panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions, He served or continues to serve as chair of a National Academies panel on the use of economic evidence to inform investments in children, chair of the Board of Advisors, National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, and elected, appointed, advisory panel, or board member for the Comptroller General of the United States, the National Academy of Social Insurance, Independent Sector and Council on Foundations policy councils, the Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, Venture Philanthropy Partners, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives, among others.