2012 FTA Annual Meeting

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Preliminary Agenda

Sunday, June 17

6:30 a.m.                   Buses leave for Golf Excursion (8 a.m. shotgun start)

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.          Conference Registration

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.         Opening Reception

                                 Fairmont Hotel

Monday, June 18

 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Commissioners Breakfast (private) and continental breakfast for attendees

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.         Guest Outing

8:30 a.m. - Noon           General Session

Welcome to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Natwar M. Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer, Washington, D.C. Former revenue commissioner

The Honorable Vincent Gray, Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Good Government vs. Reality
David Brunori, Contributing Editor, State Tax Notes and Research Professor at George Washington University

Compliance and Policy: Where Does Innovation Fit In?
Will Rice, FAST Enterprises

Formerly Director, Washington State Department of Revenue


Six Problems in Search of a Solution

Billy Hamilton, Contributor, Tax Analysts

Formerly Deputy Director, Texas Office of the Comptroller

Noon - 1:30 p.m.       FTA President’s Luncheon

Breakout sessions

Legal/Tax Policy

Are you Ready? Implementing Remote Collection Authority:
What States and Business Should Do as Federal Legislation Passes
Rich Prem, Amazon
Joan Wagnon, FedTax
Russ Brubaker, Washington State
Scott Peterson, Streamlined Governing Board

The Evolving Unitary Business Principle
Shirley Sicilian, Multistate Tax Commission

Whistleblower Developments
Jack Trachtenberg, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
Jordan Goodman, Horwood, Marcus & Berk

Cloud Computing Developments
Harley Duncan, KPMG
Jeff Friedman, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

                             Technology

Update on IRS E-File Mandates and Return Preparer Requirements
David Williams, Internal Revenue Service

The Effects of Lowering State E-File Mandate Thresholds
Amy Pitter, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Michael Bryan, Director, New Jersey Division of Taxation

Panel: Ideas and Proposals on Fraud Detection and Prevention
Tim Blevins, CGI, Moderator
John Bace, RSI
Joe Milack, Fast Enterprises
Bill Franks, Teradata
Greg Henderson, SAS
Lawrence Benson, LexisNexis

                             Compliance

Co-Winner: FTA Award for Taxpayer Service and Education
Focusing the Taxpayer Debtor to Maximize Amnesty Results

Vikki Smith, Washington State

Dos and Don'ts of Managing Tax Agency Receivables
Steve Cordi, Washington, DC Department of Revenue

Using Data - Tax Administration Moneyball
Alice Gorman, Revenue Solutions, Inc. Formerly Mississippi Department of Revenue
Tom Heinz, Revenue Solutions, Inc. Formerly New York Department of Taxation and Finance

Panel: State Managed Audit Programs
Moderator:

        Roger Pfaffenberger, Ryan Co.
Panelists:        
       Tony Luna, Texas Office of the Comptroller
       Jay Frost, Louisiana Department of Revenu
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Vendor Solution Series (see end of agenda for topic details)

1:30 pm - 2:05 pm

Presented by: 
Fast Enterprises
Rethinking Compliance: Taking the Next Steps
Session Presenter: Joe Milack, Fast Enterprises

2:15 pm - 2:50 pm       
Presented by:  Bank of America
A New Twist on Tax Refunds
Session Presenter: Brian Greehan, Vice President and Senior Product Manager

3:00 pm - 3:35 pm      
Presented by:  SICPA
Title: Protecting Tobacco Taxes Beyond Fiscal Marking and Tax Stamps

Session Presenter: Alex Spelman, Business Development Director, Southeast Region

3:45 pm - 4:20 pm       
Presented by:  SAP
Title:
How telling all your “secrets” can improve constituent support, customer service and compliance
Session Presenter:  TBD

                                                          

Tuesday, June 19

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.         Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.         Commissioners Breakfast and Continental breakfast for attendees

8:30 a.m. - Noon                General Session

California’s Approach to Battling the Underground Economy
Jerome E. Horton, Chairman, California Board of Equalization

Tough Love Perspective of Tax Administration
Charles Trost, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

F
ormerly Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Revenue

The Government We Deserve
Eugene Steuerle
, Urban Institute

FTA 2013 – Albuquerque, N.M.
Demesia Padilla, Secretary, New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue

Noon - 1:30 p.m.       Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.     Concurrent Sessions     

                             Legal/Tax Policy

Hot Potatoes: Dealing with Emergent Issues -
Vouchers (sales price), Credits and Digital Goods
Kathy Neggers, General Electric
Fred Nicely, COST

Bruce Johnson, Commissioner, Utah State Tax Commission
Craig Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Russ Brubaker, Washington State Department of Revenue and Streamlined Governing Board

Implicit Constitutional Limitations on Federal Preemption
Michael Fatale, Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Update - Developments in State Tax Litigation and Legislation
Marilyn Wethekam, Horwood Marcus & Berk
Ann Holley, KPMG
Jim Eads, Ryan and Company
Helen Hecht, Federation of Tax Administrators

                             Technology

Working With Your Tax Software Provider
Todd Goldberg and Fluffy Cazalas, National Association of Computerized Tax Preparers

New Developments in the Payments World
Rob Unger, National Automated Clearinghouse Association

Streamlining New System Testing
Chuck Adelman, CapGemini

Building an Enterprise Data to Revenue Program
Cathy Cleek, California Franchise Tax Board

Tips on Redesigning Your Website
Jessica Iverson, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Cathy Cleek, California Franchise Tax Board
Amy Pitter, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Joel Davison, Virginia Department of Taxation

                             Management

Co-Winner: FTA Award for Taxpayer Service and Education
Wisconsin’s Online Portal Account

Jessica Iverson, Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Winner: FTA Award for Training
Maryland’s Leadership Training Program

Rhea Reed and Chris Kolb, Maryland Office of the Comptroller

Early Lessons Learned on Refund Debit Cards
Joseph Mooney, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

Early Lessons from the Two-Way Video for Taxpayer Assistance Pilot
Leslye Baronich, Internal Revenue Service

Behavioral Science: A Better Way to Manage Taxpayer Responses
Ted London, CGI

                             Vendor Solution Series (see end of agenda for topic details)

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm       
Presented by:  Giesecke & Devrient
Title: Digital Tax Stamps- the ROI and Use Case for a Standards Based Solution
Session Presenter: Matthew Neuman, Senior Manager Government Solutions

2:25 pm - 3:10 pm       
Presented by:
  Revenue Solutions, Inc.
Title: The Evolution of COTS Enterprise Revenue Management Systems – How to Future Proof Your Investment
Session Presenter: Paul Panariello, Executive Vice President, Revenue Solutions, Inc.

3:20 pm - 4:05 pm       
Presented by:
 
Teradata
Title:Show Me the Audits!  Missouri’s Efficient Approach!
Session Presenter: Scott Leary, Missouri Department Revenue and Pam Sartell, Teradata Government System

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm       
Presented by:
  Oracle
Title:
Advanced Fraud Detection & Prevention through Big Data
Session Presenter: Mark Johnson, Director, Engineered Systems Program, Oracle Public Sector

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.       Reception and Closing Banquet

                             National Geographic Museum

Wednesday, June 20

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.     FTA Annual Business Meeting

8:30 a.m. - Noon            General Session

Acceptance of FTA Awards

Award for Training
                Maryland Office of the Comptroller

Award for Taxpayer Service and Education
                Wisconsin Department of Revenue
                Washington State Department of Revenue

Leadership Award
                Vikki Smith, Washington State Department of Revenue
                Nonie Manion, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

The IRS in the 21st Century
Elizabeth Tucker, Internal Revenue Service

Countering Refund Theft and ID Theft – A Multiple State Perspective
Cal Mellor, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (retired)

A Few Thoughts on Making Tax Administration Work Better for Everyone
Speaker, National Association of Computerized Tax Processors
Scott Salmon, KPMG
Bobby Burgner and Doug Lindholm, Council on State Taxation

Ethics Training for Tax Administration Professionals (60 minutes)
Marilyn Wethekam, Horwood Marcus & Berk
Glenn C. McCoy, Holtz Rubenstein Reminick

Adjourn - 12:00 p.m.

Description of Sponsor Solution Sessions:

Monday, June 18

1:30pm - 2:05pm        Presented by: Fast Enterprises

Title: Rethinking Compliance: Taking the Next Steps

Description: Integrated tax and data warehouse systems provide revenue agencies with new and more powerful tools and capabilities.  How taxpayers file returns and receive information has change considerably, yet the overall strategy of compliance enforcement has changed little and the tax gap continues to grow unabated.  This presentation provides an alternative perspective on compliance enforcement and suggests an approach to fully leverage and coordinate all of the other capabilities of a revenue agency to increase increased compliance revenue, encourage self-correction of erroneous returns, and change noncompliant filing patterns.

Session Presenter: Joe Milack, Fast Enterprises

2:15pm - 2:50pm        Presented by:  Bank of America

Title: A New Twist on Tax Refunds

Description: Public sector entities are piloting paperless tax refunds as a way to improve efficiency, save costs and provide a more secure form of payment for constituents. During this session, subject matter experts will present a case study covering implementation, projected savings, and outreach and education.

Session Presenter:  Brian Greehan, Vice President and Senior Product Manager

3:00pm - 3:35pm        Presented by:  SICPA

Title: Protecting Tobacco Taxes Beyond Fiscal Marking and Tax Stamps

Description: In many jurisdictions, Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (OTP) taxes are still handled on antiquated stand alone or unconnected systems. Even when they are managed with modern Integrated Tax System (ITS) solutions, these excise taxes do not fully benefit from available capabilities offered by Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), analytic, case management and web-based service solutions typically deployed for other tax types.

This session will focus on how Departments of Revenue can potentially increase tobacco tax revenue collection while reducing the burden of reporting and compliance on the taxpayer base by utilizing assets already in place within the agency infrastructure.

Session Presenter: Alex Spelman, Business Development Director, Southeast Region

3:45pm - 4:20pm        Presented by:  SAP

Title: How telling all your “secrets” can improve constituent support, customer service and compliance

Description: TBD

Session Presenter:  TBD


 

Tuesday, June 19

1:30pm - 2:15pm        Presented by:  Giesecke & Devrient

Title: Digital Tax Stamps- the ROI and Use Case for a Standards Based Solution

Description: Description- Learn how a standards based digital tax stamp solution works with a live software demo and the presentation of use cases.  This presentation highlights how G&D Original1 digital tax stamps leverage and improve enforcement, auditing, and revenue collections.

Session Presenter: Matthew Neuman, Senior Manager Government Solutions
 

2:25pm - 3:10pm        Presented by:  Revenue Solutions, Inc.

Title: The Evolution of COTS Enterprise Revenue Management Systems – How to Future Proof Your Investment

Description:  From custom stove pipe legacy tax systems and transfer Integrated Tax Systems (ITS) on database management platforms in the 80’s and 90’s , to the first generation Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) ITS applications of the 2000’s, Revenue agencies are now looking for and implementing the future of COTS Enterprise Revenue Management Systems. 

After a brief history on the aforementioned ITS evolution, this presentation will take an in-depth look at the next generation of features and capabilities that make Revenue agencies more adaptable for the coming changes in taxation.  These changes include: integration and data sharing with state agencies to support the ever increasing coupling of taxes with social programs, empowering the business users to take on greater system ownership and maintainability, enabling management of work inventories, and decreasing initial system investment and total cost of ownership in future years. Discussion topics will also include business rules, open data strategy, governance, data-driven decision making, staff preparation, vendor relationships and ongoing innovation. 

 Session Presenter: Paul Panariello, Executive Vice President, Revenue Solutions, Inc.

3:20 pm - 4:05 pm        Presented by:  Teradata

Title: Show Me the Audits!  Missouri’s Efficient Approach!

Description: No one ever said collecting taxes was less painful than paying them. So if your agency is like most, you’re always looking for new and better ways to ensure the right amount of tax is collected and paid.  That’s where Teradata can help.  Your agency is faced with increasing expectations, more complex   transactions, and reduced staffing.  And, in too many cases, an inefficient system that has vital information spread among disparate sources – and unavailable to the people who need it most, when they need it.   Those combined challenges demand that you provide your auditor, examiner, and compliance staff and management with more powerful and effective tools.   Why? Because a more efficient audit and discovery lead process translates directly into increased revenue and taxpayer compliance.  Come see how you streamline and strengthen your Discovery and Audit processes!

Session Presenter: Scott Leary, Missouri Department Revenue and Pam Sartell, Teradata Government System

4:15pm - 5:00pm        Presented by:  Oracle

Title: Advanced Fraud Detection & Prevention through Big Data

Description:  “Big data” is the IT buzzword du jour, but for all the talk there is remarkably little actionable guidance.  In this technology breakout session we will discuss the concepts of big data and the key components for a successful big data strategy, while providing concrete examples of how it can be used to increase your agencies’ revenue collection.  We will describe ways to combine the insights from your traditional analysis with new discoveries from your big data stores and how those can revolutionize your constituent service and internal business and IT operations.  Tangible use cases will highlight how big data can generate real business value for a tax and revenue agency by enhancing collections through advanced data visualization and fraud detection capability.

Session Presenter: Mark Johnson, Director, Engineered Systems Program, Oracle Public Sector



        

 

 



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