Midyear conference underscores TEI's strengths. (President's Corner).More than 500 TEI 1. (communications) TEI - Terminal Endpoint Identifier.
2. (text, project) TEI - Text Encoding Initiative. members and other tax executives travelled to Washington the fourth week of March for the Institute's Midyear Conference. A ritual for half of century, TEI's spring meeting has historically afforded tax professionals an excellent opportunity for hear up-to-date reports on legislation, regulations, and other tax developments, to learn from and exchange information with our colleagues in other companies, and to experience the beauty and excitement that is Washington in the springtime.
On all counts, this year's meeting succeeded. From Treasury Secretary John Snow's opening address on Monday morning to the final three concurrent sessions on Wednesday morning, the conference did not disappoint from a technical perspective. Secretary Snow's keynote marked the first time in more than four decades that the Administration's top economic official addressed TEI, and I was pleased not only to introduce the Secretary to TEI but to introduce the C-SPAN audience to the Institute and its activities. Secretary Snow's incisive comments on the economy and the President's tax package--most notably, the Administration's dividend exclusion dividend exclusion
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At our Monday luncheon, Larry Langdon, Commissioner of the IRS's Large and Mid-Size Business Division, delivered his valedictory address to TEI. Commissioner Langdon's participation in the conference was not originally billed that way--as his last as LMSB LMSB Large and Mid-Size Business Commissioner. Rather, he was slated to reprise re·prise
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tr.v. an earlier appearance where he updated conference registrants on LMSB's initiatives, including the much-heralded "LIFE" (or limited issue focused examination) program. Shortly before the conference, however, Larry announced that he would be retiring from government service at the end of May. Hence, the conference afforded TEI an opportunity to hear from LMSB's Commissioner "one last time" and also to express its appreciation to him for his ongoing contributions to tax administration, first as a member of the Institute (and, indeed, its 1988-1989 President) and then as a senior government official.
Larry Langdon was not the only person the Institute thanked at its Monday luncheon. The Institute also used the occasion to present its Distinguished Service Award to Charles Rossotti, who led the Internal Revenue Service from 1997 through most of 2003. As Commissioner, he oversaw the IRS's reorganization into four operating divisions, and undertook to bring more business-like practices to the IRS's processes. He also undertook to recruit top-notch tax professionals from the private sector--including Larry Langdon and another past TEI President, Linda Burke--and supported their efforts to streamline processes, improve guidance, and shorten audits.
In presenting the Institute's award to Mr. Rossotti, I commented that "Not a few tax professionals--including perhaps several in the room today--questioned whether a non-accountant, non-tax lawyer could effectively lead the IRS. The past five years proved the doubters wrong, not by happenstance hap·pen·stance
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TEI looks forward to working with Mr. Rossotti's successor--Mark Everson--who should be confirmed by the Senate within a few weeks. Larry Langdon's successor has not yet been identified, but TEI remains confident that he or she will continue the good works of the LMSB Division. We hope that the new IRS Commissioner and LMSB Commissioner will be able to join us in Atlanta next October for the Institute's 58th Annual Conference.
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2. Exhibiting carelessness or slackness. See Synonyms at negligent. if I did not also thank acting IRS Commissioner Bob Wenzel for his participation in the Midyear Conference. Mr. Wenzel has devoted nearly four decades of his life to government service, and at the luncheon honoring Charles Rossotti, he performed triple duty: He expressed appreciation to both Larry Langdon and Commissioner Rossotti for their exemplary contributions to tax administration; he briefly discussed important initiatives of the tax agency; and he shared insights into the man he worked with as Deputy Commissioner. He did all these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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Bob Wenzel also was kind enough to assemble his senior leadership team just a few days before the Midyear Conference for TEI's annual liaison meeting. The agenda for the meeting covered issues as diverse as tax shelters tax shelter: see tax exemption. and tax accrual workpapers, the outsourcing of collection activities to private companies, and business systems modernization. The more than two hours Commissioner Wenzel, Chief Counsel B. John Williams This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification.
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I also thank the officials who participated in TEI's mid-February liaison meeting with the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy. The Treasury group was chaired by Assistant Secretary Pamela Olson, who displayed the traits and attributes that made her an effective advocate for her clients, a sought-after participant in tax programs offered by TEI and other organizations, the chair of the ABA Aba (ä`bä), city (1991 est. pop. 264,000), SE Nigeria. It is an important regional market, a road and rail hub, and a manufacturing center for cement, textiles, pharmaceuticals, processed palm oil, shoes, plastics, soap, and beer. Section of Taxation, and the first woman to serve as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy: a deep and certain knowledge of the tax law, a keen appreciation for the practical, refreshing candor, and an unfailing sense of humor Noun 1. sense of humor - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humour, humor, humour . The agenda for the Treasury meeting (as well as similar one for a meeting with LMSB) is reprinted in this issue of The Tax Executive, and the minutes of the session will be published in the May-June issue.
Assistant Secretary Olson was also a keynoter key·not·er
One who gives a keynote address. at this year's Midyear Conference, and I commend her remarks--which can be accessed through TEI's website (www.tei.org)--to everyone interested in sound tax policy and administration. Although she touched on several technical issues, her remarks focused on underlying integrity of the business community:
In the past three years, ... [t]he American businessman has gone from hero to zero in nothing flat. Perhaps American business leaders should never have been so lionized--we all have feet of clay--but neither should they be demonized. Above all, we must remember that much of what has happened was caused by the outrageous acts of a few. It would be foolhardy for us to judge the many on the basis of the acts of a few.... Although stories of corporate criminality still dominate business magazine covers and headlines, ... the truth is that American businessmen and women have upheld and will continue to uphold the great strengths and virtues of American society.... If you look, I believe you'll find that in the business world, ordinary people show extraordinary character every day.
This is something all of us--whether tax executive, practitioner, or government employee--should remember as we work to improve tax policy administration. We must also remember that, as much as we prefer otherwise, we cannot turn the clock back on Enron, WorldCom, and other business scandals. This point was brought home by the fourth keynote speaker at the Midyear Conference, Daniel Goelzer of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (or PCAOB) (sometimes called "Peekaboo") is a private-sector, non-profit corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a 2002 United States federal law, to oversee the auditors of public companies. . Mr. Goelzer's remarks (which are reprinted in this issue) underscore The underscore character (_) is often used to make file, field and variable names more readable when blank spaces are not allowed. For example, NOVEL_1A.DOC, FIRST_NAME and Start_Routine.
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Other Midyear Notes
I want to take this opportunity to thank TEI's committee chairs, the members who served as moderators or panelists during the conference, and all of our speakers for their contributions to the conference's success. My appreciation also extends to the firms who sponsored the Midyear Conference, for their financial and other support enables the Institute to advance its important educational, networking, and advocacy objectives.
A special thank you goes to the members and other registrants who travelled to Washington for the conference just a few days after the onset of the war with Iraq. Many colleagues were unable to attend because of company travel restrictions and heightened security concerns, and many who made the trip had to endure greater than usual logistical hurdles in attending. Their forbearance Refraining from doing something that one has a legal right to do. Giving of further time for repayment of an obligation or agreement; not to enforce claim at its due date. A delay in enforcing a legal right. is very much appreciated.
Finally, I was honored at the Tuesday night banquet to introduce the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard for the presentation of the colors, a tradition that took on extra poignancy this year because of the war. At the banquet, I also had the occasion to thank those assembled for the support they had provided to my family and me during a challenging time. I extend that appreciation to all of you.
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