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IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig Will Deliver Keynote Address at Second Annual UCI-A. Lavar Taylor Tax Symposium

December 2, 2019

Irvine, Calif., (Dec. 2, 2019) – The University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) is delighted to announce that the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Charles P. Rettig, will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual UCI-A. Lavar Taylor Tax Symposium at noon on February 24, 2020 on tax and artificial Intelligence. The Commissioner will discuss IRS initiatives in this area.

“We are honored to welcome Mr. Rettig to UCI Law's campus,” said Omri Marian, Professor of Law and Academic Director of UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program. “We cannot think of a better person to discuss the future of the tax profession.”

Rettig is the 49th Commissioner of the IRS. For more than 36 years previously, he was with the law firm Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C. and represented thousands of individuals, businesses and corporate taxpayers before the IRS, the Department of Justice Tax Division, federal and state courts and state taxing authorities.

The two-day conference titled, “Machine Intelligence and the Changing Nature of Tax Practice,” will address how artificial intelligence and related technologies impact tax enforcement and administration, tax planning and risk management, and how such technologies can be harnessed to assist taxpayers. The program will feature leading tax practitioners, industry entrepreneurs, researchers, and government officials. One of the featured panel discussions, moderated by the Wall Street Journal's Tax Policy Reporter Richard Rubin, will include the top administrators leading the AI efforts at the IRS, the Canada Revenue Agency, and the Brazilian Federal Revenue Agency. The tentative program is available online.

The symposium is hosted by the UCI Law Graduate Tax Program and sponsored by the Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor. It will be held at the UCI University Club on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24-25, 2020.

Additionally, this event is approved for 12 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UCI Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

The cost to attend the symposium is $185. Full-time federal, state, and local government employees may attend at no cost--please send an e-mail to [email protected], with “Gov't Tax Event Registration” in the subject line, for details on how to register.

Media interested in obtaining press passes, can send an e-mail to [email protected], with "Tax Event Press Pass" as the subject.

Read full press release.