The ABA Section of Business Law Committee on Taxation invites you to become involved in the Committee and its leadership.
The Committee on Taxation focuses on tax issues that are of concern to business lawyers. The Committee doesn't aim to make business lawyers into tax experts, but tries to help business lawyers gain a basic understanding of the important tax issues that inevitably arise in their practices. The Committee seeks to act as a bridge between tax law and business law, and to increase communication about tax issues among the various committees of the Business Law Section, and between the Business Law Section and the Tax Section. Some members of the Committee see themselves primarily as tax practitioners, but many are business lawyers whose practices demand that they remain informed of tax considerations that impact their clients.
Recent Committee Programs:
Recent programs sponsored by the Committee include:
- Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Program, co-sponsored with Banking Committee
- Recent tax issues in bankruptcy cases
- Primer on independent contractor versus employee tax and legal issues
- Tax Reform for Dummies: What Every Business Lawyer Should Know
Our programs have been both CLE as well as substantive presentations during our committee meetings. I've particularly enjoyed our committee meetings, where "audience participation" goes well beyond Q&A and we have extremely interesting discussions, and I've been fascinated by the nature of the issues that have been raised.
How to Become a Member. To become a member of the Tax Committee, simply visit our webpage and follow the "join our committee" instructions. There is no charge for a member of the Section of Business Law to join the Committee. It has never been easier to become active in your American Bar Association.
How to Become Involved. Members who cannot attend meetings can still be active in Committee projects. Our members, being both business and tax lawyers, are especially qualified to serve as liaisons to several of the American Bar
Association's sections, divisions and committees. Some opportunities are described below.
Liaison to the Other Committees of the Section of Business Law. Many of the Section's committees and subcommittees, particularly model contract drafting and other task subcommittees, need the contributions of lawyers who have a tax background. The Tax Committee would like to establish liaisons with other Section committees to allow Tax Committee members to become meaningfully involved in the many high-profile projects being undertaken by the Section's various committees. Projects of the various committees generally are described in each Committee's home page, which can be accessed here.
Writing: The Committee on Taxation provides many opportunities for lawyers who have shared interests to interact and raise their professional profile. These include informal and formal forums and venues. Opportunities include writing short articles for the Tax Committee's Newsletter and for the e-newsletters of other committees; Business Law Today, the Section's magazine; and The Business Lawyer, the Section's quarterly law journal. In addition, you may contribute by writing course materials for committee programs and forums, and commentary for model acts and contracts.
Speaking: The Section of Business Law meets twice a year, once at the Section's Spring Meeting and again at the Annual Meeting in the fall. At each of these meetings, opportunities exist to speak at committee and subcommittee meetings, forums and programs. In addition, the Business Law Section enthusiastically supports ad hoc webinar programs, which we can organize around any topic we think would be timely and interesting. All it takes is for a couple of us to have the desire to do it.
Leadership Opportunities: There are many opportunities to become involved in the leadership of the Tax Committee and through that involvement to network with other leaders of the Section. Opportunities may include becoming an officer of the Tax Committee, an editor of the Committee's Newsletter, chairing a new or existing subcommittee, and becoming the Committee's director and liaison to other Sections of the ABA or to other Committees of the ABA. Please let me know if you would like to be considered for any positions.
What Are Your Thoughts? I welcome your thoughts on activities, projects and initiatives that may be undertaken by the Tax Committee and its members or, more generally, how the ABA may better serve you and your professional development. If you are not already a member of the Taxation Committee, we encourage you to join today.
If you have any questions concerning any of the foregoing, or would just like to chat about the committee, please do not hesitate to contact me. My contact information is as follows:
300 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (646) 471-8213
Very truly yours,
Chair, Committee on Taxation