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Washington DC Delegation

For over 20 years, the Taxation Section has sent an annual delegation of tax attorneys to Washington, D.C., to present papers on issues of concern to California tax practitioners. The papers represent the views of their authors and are not the official views of the California Lawyers Association.

2019 Washington, D.C. Delegation — May 5-7, 2019

The Delegation meets with key government officials at IRS National Office, Treasury Department, Joint Committee on Taxation, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, United States Tax Court and Department of Justice Tax Division.

Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section & California Lawyers Association Taxation Section


The 2019 D.C. Delegation marks the 30th year since the Taxation Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Taxation Section of the California Lawyers Association (formerly the State Bar of California) created an annual delegation to bring California tax lawyers and their ideas to Washington, D.C. The 2019 D.C. Delegation is also the first delegation completely organized by the California Lawyers Association.

Each May, just prior to the American Bar Association Tax Section Meeting held in Washington, D.C., a group of selected delegation members from the Taxation Sections of the LACBA and CLA Taxation Section will share their ideas and engage in lively discussions with key tax officials and staff members from the following government offices:

  • Treasury Department,
  • Internal Revenue Service,
  • House Ways and Means Committee,
  • Joint Committee on Taxation,
  • Senate Finance Committee,
  • United States Tax Court, and
  • The Department of Justice Tax Division.

Introductory Letter – (pdf version)
Priority Guidance Plan – (pdf version)
Sample Executive Summary – (pdf version)
Sample Paper – (pdf version)

Past Delegations

2017 Washington, D.C. Delegation Set for April 30 – May 2, 2017

The 2017 D. C. Delegation will take place on April 30 – May 2. Rebecca O’Toole will lead the 2017 Delegation. November 16 was the deadline this year to submit paper proposals for consideration, but papers received after that date may still be considered. If you are interested in writing and presenting a paper as part of the 2017 D.C. Delegation, please contact:

Rebecca O’Toole
Withers Bergman, LLP
(858) 400-1302

2016 Washington, D.C. Delegation Set, May 1-3, 2016

The 2016 Delegation was held on May 1-3. Kaelyn Romey led the Delegation. The following tax practitioners presented the papers listed below:

  1. Kevan P. McLaughlin, Esq., and James C. Counts II, CPA, CTFA: Proposed Changes to the Certified Professional Employer Organization (“CPEO”) Program (IRC §§ 3511 and 7705)
  2. Veronica Long: Proposed Change to Allow Liability Netting for Partnerships Subject to Involuntary Conversion
  3. Kay Guinane and Cherie Evans: Gap between Tax and Sanctions Law: Blocking Lifesaving Aid from Vulnerable Populations
  4. Patrick W. Martin and Agustin Ceballos: Guidance Needed Regarding Federal Estate Taxation of Exchange Traded Funds Owned by Nonresident Aliens
  5. Roy A. Berg and Marsha-laine Dungog: The United States Income Tax Treatment of Australian Superannuation Funds Owned by U.S. Persons
  6. Robert Denham and Robin L. Klomparens: Proposal to Clarify Community Property Basis Adjustment Rules for Surviving Domestic Partners and Nonresident Spouses
  7. Mark C. Morris and Jared P. Werner: Proposed Guidance Under Internal Revenue Code § 1014(b)(1), (3)
  8. Julie Treppa: Improved Guidance for Non-Profit Organizations Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits to Better Serve Low-Income Communities
  9. Alexandra Eaker Pérez & Mark P. Laemmle: Federal Refundable Excise Tax Credits: A Justification for Exclusion from Gross Income
  10. Liliana Menzie and Steven L. Walker: Form W-9 or W-8BEN? The Proper Classification of a Dual Resident Taxpayer for Purposes of Documenting Status with a Foreign Financial Institution under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

2015 Washington D.C. Delegation, May 3-5, 2015

The 2015 Delegation was held on May 3-5. Thomas Giordano-Lascari led the Delegation. The following tax practitioners presented the papers listed below:

  1. Aubrey Hone, Josh Maxwell and Alexis Binazir: Provin A Negative: What Is Reasonable Cause? U.S. Offshore Reporting Obligations and the Average International Taxpayer
  2. N. Aaron Johnson and Jenni Harmon: Clarifying Standards for Trade or Business Real Estate Under IRC Section 108(A)(1)(D)
  3. Bill Finestone, Chip Parks and Susan Leahy: Tired of Being Exhausted: Wait and See Approach to the Probability of Exhaustion Test for Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts
  4. Robert Denham: Proposal to Clarify Portion Rules That Determine When a Power Holder Other Than the Grantor Is Treated as the Owner of Trust Income
  5. Robin Klomparens and Dick Kinyon: Wishlist for Changes in Portability
  6. Justin Miller: Section 682 Spousal Support Trusts: The Need to Define “Income”
  7. Michael Karlin and Liliana Menzie: Request for Guidance Regarding Dual Residents Under Treasury Regulations Section 301.7701(B)-7 Who Are
    Treated as Nonresident Aliens of the United States
  8. Paul McCullum: Bitcoin – Property or Currency
  9. Greg Zbylut: The Bankruptcy Trap – Fixing the 523(a) Problem
  10. Robert Horwitz and Jeremiah Coder: Ensuring Due Process in IRS Credit Offsets
  11. Patrick Martin: Reasons Why U.S. Citizens Abroad Need a TIN Other Than a SSN

2014 Washington, D.C., Delegation, May 4-6, 2014

The 2014 Delegation was held on May 4-6. Andrea Kushner Ross led the Delegation. Selected delegates met for the first time with officials from the Department of Justice Tax Division, including the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Tax Division. The following tax practitioners presented the papers listed below:

  1. Alexandra Eaker & Ashley Kerins: IRS Rank & Church Tax Inquiries: An Analysis Of Proposed Treasury Regulations Under § 7611
  2. Courtney Nash Gardner & Jorge Lopez: Proposed Guidance for Donor Advised Funds
  3. Douglas L. Youmans & N. Aaron Johnson: Information Letter Notice 2013-0036 And Why California’s Anti-Deficiency Statutes Convert Recourse Debt To Nonrecourse Debt
  4. Dennis Leonard & Jason Schingler: Using a “Formula” General Power of Appointment to Resolve Income Tax Basis “Step Up” Issues in The Age Of Portability and a Request for Clarification Regarding Rev. Proc. 2001-38
  5. Patrick Martin: Covered Gifts & Bequests: The Need For Guidance (5+ Years Out)
  6. John W. Prokey & Alison B. Merino: Portability, QTIP Elections, and the Effect On Fiduciaries
  7. David L. Rice & Lisa O. Nelson: Proposal to Expand the Scope and Definition for “Person” to Allow for Third Parties in Alter Ego and Nominee Cases/Investigations to Obtain Notice of Such Potential Alter Ego or Nominee Investigation Prior to Liens or Levys Being Filed and/or Notice Before Levy
  8. Robin Komoparens & Irnina Rospotnyuk: Achieving Simplicity: Extending the Annual GST Tax Exclusion to Direct Skips to Trusts and to Indirect Skips (IRC § 2642(c))
  9. Jeffrey A. Titus: The Effective Tax Administration Hardship Offer-in-Compromise: Improving the Standards of Review and Increasing the Acceptance Rates
  10. Robert S. Horwitz & Steven L. Walker: The Modification and Compromise of Restitution Orders in Criminal Tax Cases
  11. Gregory A. Zbylut: A Proposal for Modifying the 36-Month Rule Imposed by Treas. Reg. 1.6050P-1(b)(2)(ii)(H)

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