The National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson is pleased to announce the 4th International Taxpayer Rights Conference to be held May 23 and 24, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Convened by the National Taxpayer Advocate, the conference will be hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Law and is sponsored by Tax Analysts, with technical assistance from the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD). In this year’s conference, we’ll 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. How will “big data” impact the right to privacy in the context of tax administration? What is the effect of increasingly digital delivery of taxpayer assistance on vulnerable taxpayer groups? What is the role of “whistleblowers” in tax administration, including access to tax information? These are just a sample of the issues we’ll address at this year’s gathering. Early registration for the conference will open in early 2019.
The National Taxpayer Advocate is currently seeking presentation and paper proposals for the conference on a range of topics. In developing proposals, the conference encourages proposals from multiple disciplines (e.g., from the fields of law, economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and computer science, as well as from government officials, ombuds, and taxpayer advocates). You can find a list of topics and submission procedures in the Call for Conference Papers and Presentations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1 and participants will be notified of their selection by January. Conference fees for presenters will be waived. Travel and accommodation assistance also may be available for academic presenters, courtesy of co-sponsors.