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Varnum's Annual Institute for Tax Practitioners

November 6 and November 14, 2018
WhenWhere
November 6, 2018 – Grand Rapids
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Bridgewater Place - 2nd Floor

333 Bridge Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

November 14, 2018 – Detroit (Plymouth)
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Inn at St. John's

44045 Five Mile Road

Plymouth, MI 48170

A Year of Unprecedented Change  

Join Varnum's team of experienced federal and state tax planning and compliance professionals for a comprehensive half-day seminar specifically for tax practitioners.

Continuing Education Credits

A total of five (5) hours of CPE credit -- including one (1) hour of ethics credit -- is available to attendees of this seminar.

Agenda

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:00 - 8:40 a.m. Federal Tax Update

  • Introduction to Tax Reform:  a Closer Look at the SALT Deduction Cap
  • International Tax -- Including M&A and Foreign Partner Issues

8:40 – 9:35 a.m. State and Local Tax Update

  • Nexus, Nexus, Nexus:  Wayfair and its Far-Reaching Impact and Settlements
  • Michigan Procedural Update: Appellate Forums
  • Litigation Update (Ally, Ford, Old Orchard)
  • Legislation and Administrative Guidance

9:35 – 9:50 a.m. Estate Planning After 2017 Tax Reform

  • Plan B: Unwinding Trusts and Other Vehicles that are no Longer Advantageous Under the 2017 Act
  • Sec. 199 in the Estate Planning Context

9:50 –10:05 a.m. Break

10:05 –10:25 a.m. Criminal Tax Update/Considerations

  • Enforcement Priorities from "The Top" Down;  Criminal Tax Enforcement in the News
  • Is Voluntary Disclosure Still a Viable Strategy?
  • Early Warning Signs of Potential Trouble -- Keep a Civil Case Civil

10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Federal Tax Collection Actions

  • Federal Collection Update, including the Use of Private Debt Collectors
  • Passport Revocations
  • Nominees/Alter-Egos/Successors

10:45 – 11:25 a.m. Corporate Tax Developments: Tax Practitioner Concerns

  • Formation, M&A and Dissolution of Business Entities
  • Operations: Multistate and International
  • Current Topic 

11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Ethics Panel: Ethics in Tax Practice

  • Ethical Issues for Tax Preparers following the Termination of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: Streamline, Quiet, Other?
  • Case Studies: Pending and Recent Cases Raise Current Ethical Issues for Tax Practitioners

12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Round-Up/Questions and Answers

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Presenters available for individual consultation

Fee

$55 -- includes breakfast and materials. 
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