7:45am to 8:10am

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:10am to 8:30am

Opening Remarks

8:30am to 9:25am

National SALT Update

Professor Rick Pomp, Doug Lindholm, Chris Sullivan (moderator)

Join Professor Richard Pomp in his debate with the Council on State Taxation’s Executive Director Doug Lindholm as they recap the nation’s top state tax cases, federal legislation, policy developments and controversies over the last year with an informative and engaging presentation designed to keep practitioners current on non-New England developments and create a framework to approach emerging issues with insight. This year’s presentation will include a focus on the state income tax aspects of tax reform present in 2019, including state treatment of GILTI, BEAT and IRC 163(j).

9:30am to 10:30am

The New England “State of the States”

Joe Huddleston (moderator), Christopher Harding (MA), John Lewandowski (ME), Lindsey Stepp (NH), Neena Savage (RI), Scott Jackson (CT), Commissioner or Designee (VT).

Join Joe Huddleston, former Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission, as he again leads this year’s engaging discussion with a panel of representatives from each of the six New England state revenue agencies regarding top tax administration and policy issues for practitioners and industry.
10:30am to 10:50am


10:50am to 11:50am

Nexus in a World After Wayfair

John Fletcher, Susan Haffield, Matt Dayton

The aftermath of the Wayfair decision leaves us with unresolved issues and unintended consequences for both income tax and sales tax nexus. This panel will address the complexities of the nexus analysis, including Due Process considerations, the tension between minimum thresholds and substantial nexus standards, varying interpretations of P.L. 86-272, the impact from the trust taxation cases, nexus through a mobile workforce, and the MTC/state responses to date, including a potential move to Finnigan.

11:50am to 12:50pm

Lunch and Awarding of the Stanley R. Arnold Scholarship

12:50pm to 1:45pm

TRACK A – States’ Reaction to the Federal Partnership Audit Regime and Other Uniformity Efforts

Helen Hecht, Gregory Armstrong

Our panelists will address the status of states’ reactions to the new federal partnership audit regime and other uniformity issues, including the opt out provisions, variances in apportionment between partnerships and corporations, and uniformity efforts in the area of reporting federal RARs.

12:50pm to 1:45pm

TRACK B – Sales and Use Taxation in a World of Emerging Technology

Jon Block, Faranak Naghavi

How do various technological advances fit into the states’ often outdated sales and use tax systems? Our panelists will provide an overall update of significant sales and use tax issues from across the country with a particular focus on the complexities in taxation of digital goods and services and the states’ responses to such emerging technology.

1:50pm to 2:50pm

TRACK A – Trending Audit Issues

Lindsay LaCava, Leanne Scott

Don’t miss this engaging breakout discussion of common issues being raised by states during corporate income and sales tax audits, including alternative apportionment modifications, forced combination or de-combination, related-party addbacks, transfer pricing adjustments, sales tax nexus, the treatment of specific transactions and more.  Our speakers will address what they’re seeing in the audit field and how to best advance the ball to a favorable resolution with the state.

1:50pm to 2:50pm

TRACK B – Tax Accounting in the Wake of Tax Reform

Robert Ozmun, Daniel De Jong

Tax reform and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Wayfair have significantly affected businesses and forced taxpayers to grapple with these seismic shifts in the tax landscape. Numerous complex issues have arisen in the tax accounting area for both sales and income tax tax as a result of these changes. During this session, our knowledgeable panelists will address some of the key ASC 450 sales tax accounting and ASC 740 income tax accounting implications of these issues as we approach the end of 2019 calendar year.

2:50pm to 3:10pm


3:10pm to 4:10pm

The Ever-Expanding Combinations

Valerie Dickerson, Margaret Wilson

Our panelists will provide an update on the continued trend of mandatory combined reporting across the country, including the variations in methods, as well as the resurgence of worldwide reporting proposals in an apparent effort to capture additional foreign source income.

4:15pm to 5:15pm

Top Issues in New England SALT

Kathryn Michaelis, Chris Sullivan

Don’t miss this staple of the Forum which highlights the top legislative, judicial and administrative tax developments during the past year in New England. This year the panel will address these highlights through a multistate issue approach, identifying key trends and comparisons among the New England states.

5:15pm to 6:30pm

Networking Reception

All Attendees are invited to join the Forum’s networking reception following the conference.