UF Law’s top-ranked Grad Tax Program holds successful symposium

Published: November 12th, 2013

Category: News

International Tax Moot Court Team members Rebecca Stork (3L), Edward Waters (LL.M. in Taxation Candidate) and Josh Giancarlo (3L) competed against international tax moot court teams from six countries during the Iberoamerican Tax Moot Court Competition held Oct 29. – Oct. 31, in the UF Law Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. Members not pictured are Sumer Thomas (3L), and team adviser UF Law Professor Steve Willis. (Photo by Javier Edwards)

The UF Law Graduate Tax Program on Nov.1 held its ninth annual International Tax Symposium – and for the first time, hosted the meeting of the Iberoamerican Obervatory of International Tax Law, an international tax organization of which the Graduate Tax program is a founding member.

The Observatory, held Oct. 30-31, included the Iberoamerican Tax Moot Court competition on Wednesday and featured a day-long series of panels on international tax issues on Thursday. The mission of the Iberoamerican Observatory of International Tax Law is to promote research, disclosure of regulatory, jurisprudence and doctrine changes of international taxation, and develop knowledge in the area of international taxation by integrating the best academic and professional specialists.

The International Tax Symposium commenced featuring presentations by several distinguished members of the global tax community. This year’s speakers and presentations were:

Michael S. Kirsch, professor of law, Notre Dame Law School; visiting professor of law, Northwestern University School of Law presented, “Revisiting the Tax Treatment of Citizens Abroad: Reconciling Principle and Practice”

Ekkehart Reimer, professor, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Finanz- und Steuerrecht, Heidelberg, Germany presented, “A Plea for More Consistency Between the Permanent Establishment Definition and Profit Allocation Rules in the OECD Model Tax Convention”

Stephen E. Shay, professor of practice, Harvard University; former deputy assistant secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury; and former tax partner, Ropes & Gray, LLP presented, “Modernizing U.S. Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules: A Minimum Tax to Limit Deferral”

The annual International Tax Symposium is geared toward educating interested students, faculty and alumni on important topics revolving around current and future international tax policy.