American Bar Association

Section of Taxation:

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the Individual and Family Taxation Committee (IFTC).

The IFTC focuses on the numerous tax issues that individuals and families face navigating the Internal Revenue Code during significant life events such as marriage, divorce, sending children to school, daycare, health, retirement, investments, and employment. We do this by providing expert CLE programs for our members at each of the three annual Tax Section meetings and by providing updates on current developments as well as commenting on proposed Treasury Regulations, IRS Forms and Publications, and proposed legislation. The May meeting in Washington, D.C. is especially informative because of the attendance of IRS representatives as well as members of Treasury, Judiciary, and the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate. Tax Section meetings are terrific opportunities to network with other Section members and government representatives.

We welcome all new members. We encourage you to become involved and to share with us your ideas for future programs, webinars, and government comments. I encourage you to register with our listserv for messages from the Committee and to interact with other members throughout the year. Feel free to reach out to me at any time about leadership opportunities and to share your ideas about issues that should be explored by the committee at I look forward to meeting you at one of our Tax Section meetings!

Phyllis Horn Epstein, Chair

Who We Are

The IFTC covers federal income tax laws pertaining to individuals and families. Our active membership includes practitioners who represent individual clients in a variety of contexts - from tax planning to tax controversies. We pride ourselves on our collegiality and willingness to help each other get the best result for our clients. Our committee meetings are a great place to network and share ideas with fellow practitioners. In addition, our committee includes numerous notable academics that keep us up to date on new developments in the tax law and enrich our understanding of tax policy.

We welcome all new members and volunteers, and encourage young attorneys to become involved.

Committee Materials from Recent Meetings

Did you know thousands of pages of cutting-edge committee program materials are available to you as a Tax Section member? These documents contain analysis of the latest federal tax policy, initiatives, regulations, legislative forecasts, and planning ideas developed by the country's leading tax attorneys and government officials. Access these materials now.

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Committee Roster  

Committee and Section Future CLE Programs

Section Events

    Basics of IRS Collection Alternatives


    Pro bono representatives often enjoy handling collection cases because they are discrete cases that have a major impact on a clients life. This panel will cover the basics of IRS collection options. Featured SpeakersAnna C. Tavis, South Brooklyn Legal Services, Brooklyn, NYProfessor Keith Fogg, Villanova ...

    2015 Low Income Taxpayers Representation Workshop

    Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

    The ABA Section of Taxation is pleased to present The Life Cycle of a Tax Court Case -- a four-hour CLE workshop on Monday afternoon, December 7, 2015, followed by a reception for attendees. This program is part of the ABA Tax Sections Low Income Taxpayers Representation Workshop series, organized ...

    Practical Planning for Art Collectors and Their Advisors


    Practical Planning for Art Collectors and Their Advisors

Recent Tax Section Comments Worked On By Committee

Taxpayer Assistance Involving Committee

Other Committee Work Product

Modified by Phyllis Epstein on July 20, 2015

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