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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Epstein, Phyllis


Book, Leslie
Fung, Cathy
Strouse, Jonathan
Villalobos, Lany

Committee Roster  

Committee and Section Future CLE Programs

Section Events

    20 Years After 'The End of Welfare:' Workfare Delivered Through Federal and State EITC Systems


    In 1996, the government ended welfare as we know it. Twenty years later most government assistance generally requires work. The most significant workfare program today is the Earned Income Tax Credit delivered to taxpayers and their families through federal and state income tax systems. Panelists will ...

    The Accidental Non-Profit Attorney: Things You Need to Know


    The event will be held on 10/25/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Business Law Section,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Division for Public Services,Senior Lawyers Division,Section of Taxation. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    4th Annual International Tax Enforcement and Controversy Conference

    Marriott Marquis

    International tax enforcement activity by governments around the world continues at a blistering pace against a backdrop of increasingly complex tax rules, increased reporting obligations, heightened scrutiny, public shaming, and a rapidly changing treaty and multi-lateral enforcement climate. This presents ...

Recent Tax Section Comments Worked On By Committee

Taxpayer Assistance Involving Committee

Other Committee Work Product

Modified by Phyllis Epstein on June 8, 2016

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