Conference on Tax-payer Rights to Discuss Global Tax-payer Issues


The Inaugural International Conference on Taxpayer Rights will be held in in Washington, DC on November 18-19,  2015.

Convened by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson of the Taxpayer Advocate Service of the US Internal Revenue Service, an independent organization within the IRS that protects taxpayers rights and helps taxpayers resolve problems, this ground-breaking conference will bring together presentations from government officials, scholars, and practitioners from around the world to explore how taxpayer rights serve as a foundation for effective tax  administration.

Panelists will discuss issues such  as:

  • Rights to confidentiality and privacy in an age of transparency;
  • The role of tax tribunals in protecting taxpayer rights;
  • Taxpayer rights and procedural justice in audit and collection activities;
  • The roles of taxpayer advocates, defenders, and ombuds in protecting taxpayer rights and promoting voluntary compliance;
  • Challenges in operationalizing taxpayer rights in both mature and developing tax administrations; and
  • Guiding theory and principles underlying taxpayer rights.

“We’ve gathered the top international thought leaders to discuss the most pressing taxpayer rights issues,” said Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The rich, thought-provoking dialogue will span cross-border matters and shed light on shared challenges and successes. The conference is truly a must-attend for anyone concerned with global taxpayer rights and administration.”

Conference highlights  include:

  • Keynote address by Erich Kirchler, Professor of Economic Psychology at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, on the impact of power and trust on taxpayer compliance behavior;
  • Remarks from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson and John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service; and
  • Two days of engaging panel sessions of judges, scholars, strategists, government officials and legal experts examining international taxpayer rights advocacy and issues.

Registration for the conference is now open. For further conference information and to  register, visit

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