Ca. Tax Lawyer 2017, VOLUME 26, NUMBER 1
- 2016 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference Report
- Bar Business
- Charles Moll Honored With the 2016 Benjamin F. Miller Award
- Constructive Receipt Tax Rules Every Lawyer Should Know
- Gap Between Tax and Sanctions Law Blocks Lifesaving Aid
- Honorable Marshall Whitley (Ret.) Honored With the 2016 Joanne M. Garvey Award
- Legislative Proposal for Infusing Guaranteed Fairness in Tax Administration by Allowing Partial Prepayment Judicial Review of Ftb-proposed Personal Income and Franchise Tax Deficiencies
- Nathan Hochman Honored With the 2016 V. Judson Klein Award
- Proposal to Permit Liability Netting for Partnerships Subject to Involuntary Conversion
- Separation of the Sections from the State Bar
- Taxation Section 2016-2017 Leadership Directory
- The 2016 Benjamin F. Miller Award Acceptance Speech
- The 2016 Joanne M. Garvey Award Acceptance Speech
- Visiting the Committees
- Message from the Chair
Message from the Chair
By Betty J. Williams
Ben Franklin penned his infamous quote regarding the certainty of death and taxes in 1789. As tax practitioners, many of us find comfort in the fact that we will never become obsolete due to the complexity and ever-changing tax laws. We are also all taxpayers. While we may represent clients in a variety of ways to reduce tax liabilities, defend positions taken on tax returns, and design business transactions that are both beneficial and lawful from a tax perspective, we also understand that every tax dollar we save our clients is a dollar that is not raised for the government coffers.
Whether to inspire a change in the tax laws, or to propose practical alterations, Taxation Section members have long expressed a belief that our Section should have a voice concerning state and federal tax laws. We are, after all, nearly 3,200 members strong, practicing in the 6th largest economy in the world.
We now have that voice. I am particularly pleased to announce the new Comment Letter Project, which will allow the Taxation Section to submit letters to legislative bodies, the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization, and other tax agencies as appropriate, and in response to their requests for comments on regulations, proposed legislation, statutory provisions, or areas in need of guidance. This will allow our members to interact with other tax practitioners and government officials and to influence tax policy and legislation.