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

    Something New in the Toolbox: The Installment Sale-Reacquisition Approach to Real Estate Development Projects


    Taxpayers often are approached by developers looking to buy their land. Taxpayers may be willing to sell the property only if the transaction is structured in a way that does not trigger taxable income to them. In condominium developments, taxpayers may wish to receive newly constructed condominium units ...

    2017 ABA/IPT Advanced Income, Sales/Use & Property Tax Seminars

    Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Income Tax Seminar Monday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 21 Sales/Use Tax Seminar Tuesday, March 21 & Wednesday, March 22 Property Tax Seminar Thursday, March 23 & Friday, March 24 Please join us as we return to The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans for the 2017 ABA/IPT Advanced Tax Seminars! The ABA Section ...

    Game Change: The New Partnership Audit Regime


    The new partnership audit rules fundamentally change how the IRS audits and collects tax from partnerships. The panelists will discuss the issues with the current TEFRA partnership audit rules and the replacement of the TEFRA rules, effective 2018, in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The panelists ...

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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