ABA/IBA/IFA Virtual U.S. and Latin America Tax Practice Trends: Kat Gregor is co-chair of a panel titled “Digital Economy – OECD Pillar 1 & 2 Developments & the LATAM Digital Taxes in Practice” during the co-organized ABA/IBA/IFA Virtual U.S. and Latin America Tax Practice Trends, taking place June 21-24, 2021. This panel will examine the digital economy as it affects Latin America, will review what changes in tax law have been implemented so far and what legislation and solutions are now under consideration for the future. Both direct and indirect taxation will be addressed.

IFA USA New England Spring Symposium: Lessons from the Coca-Cola Co. U.S. Tax Court Decision. Elizabeth Smith was a panelist during the IFA USA New England Symposium on May 20, 2021. The one day symposium focused on “Lessons from the Coca-Cola Co. U.S. Tax Court Decision,” during which Elizabeth examined the litigation strategy and the implications of the decision.

President Biden’s Tax Plan: Beyond the First 100 Days. Elizabeth Smith and tax partner David Saltzman participated in a Boston Bar Association (BBA) webinar titled “President Biden’s Tax Plan: Beyond the First 100 Days” on May 19, 2021. The webinar discussed the substantive aspects of the tax changes in the Rescue Plan, proposed tax changes that we are likely to see enacted in both parts of the Recovery Plan, and the various legislative obstacles to major tax reform that President Biden will face beyond the first 100 days. In addition to changes at the federal level, the webinar also addressed how these changes will affect taxpayers in states that may or may not conform to the Internal Revenue Code and how those aspects of the Rescue Plan and the Recovery Plan that are likely to result in increased IRS enforcement and tax controversy.

Tax Open Forum Discussion: what next for Pillar One?: Kat Gregor spoke on an IBA webinar on March 30, 2021, which focused on taking a look at Pillar one within the OECD/G-20 Inclusive Framework. The webinar discussed where we are on Pillar One; talked through some of the roadblocks and considered what the potential solutions might look like.

 ABA/IBA/IFA Virtual 21st Annual U.S. and Europe Tax Practice Trends Conference: Kat Gregor was co-chair of the co-organized ABA/IBA/IFA Virtual 21st Annual U.S. and Europe Tax Practice Trends Conference, taking place March 22-25, 2021. The conference focused on practical tax practice trends for multinational corporations and their international advisors as well as provide insight into how government tax officials might view the international tax landscape in light of international developments that affect corporate taxpayers. Kat led a panel looking at recent global transfer pricing developments.  Tax associate Franziska Hertel also spoke on “Responding to a Mess(ier) Crypto Tax Landscape” panel.

71st Virtual Midyear Conference: Kat Gregor was a panelist on “Preserving Privilege in the Virtual World” during the virtual 71st TEI Midyear Meeting on March 23, 2021.

International Tax Disputes, Joint Webinar with A&L Goodbody.  Kat Gregor  jointly hosted a webinar on international tax disputes with tax partners Amelia O’Beirne and Paul Fahy from A&L Goodbody on March 3, 2021. The webinar discussed the Irish and U.S. tax disputes landscapes with a particular focus on transfer pricing related disputes and competent authority procedures.