The Villanova Law School – Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

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The VLS Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on Selective Issues in Tax Administration  is on September 27, 2013.  Please join  bloggers Professor Leslie Book, Professor Keith Fogg, as well as Distinguished Professor of Practice J. Richard Harvey and Villanova Graduate Tax Program Adjunct Professor Peter Hardy of Post & Schell for a day long symposium on three key issues in tax administration and procedure.  One panel will discuss criminal sentencing in tax cases, one will consider whistleblower provisions in tax cases, and another will discuss IRS efforts to regulate tax preparers.  An invitation can be found here:  VLS Shachoy Symposium on Tax Administration. The link contains a full list of speakers (including Assistant Attorney General Kathy Keneally, our colleague in the tax procedure blog world, Jack Townsend, former IRS Commissioner Larry Gibbs, and many others), which is impressive and definitely worth the trip to beautiful Villanova, Pennsylvania.  I am sure to be in attendance; soaking in knowledge.

You can register here.  The symposium will provide both CPE and CLE at a relatively modest cost.

If you see us at the symposium, please give us feedback on Procedurally Taxing, and let us know what we should be doing differently.


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Stephen J. Olsen’s practice includes tax planning and controversy matters for individuals, businesses and exempt entities for the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC.



  1. I enjoy this blog. However, since your post solicits feedback, I will offer some suggestions.

    First, I suggest that you decide what you want the blog to be. From what I can tell, the blog is currently designed to provide a small number of in-depth posts on various topics related to tax procedure & administration. This blog serves that purpose well, but I am fairly certain that the current style limits the blog’s readership. The most popular blogs are updated more than once a day and thus have readers coming back frequently. This blog does not do that — when I think about this blog, I expect the analysis to come in very slowly, and I know that I will not lose much if I choose to visit only once every four days or so.

    If your goal is not to have merely a low-traffic (although high-quality) blog, I suggest you mimic the TaxProf Blog in routinely providing informational links to two types of documents: (1) court cases that analyze or decide a question of tax procedure; and (2) IRS announcements or related news about changes to IRS exam/audit/appeals practices. Although the TaxProf Blog provides updates on the “biggest” news of the day, there are many, many judicial opinions and administrative materials constantly coming out on issues related to statutes of limitations, changes to Appeals practices (look at the recent changes to the “new issue” policy), and so on. This blog could serve as a valuable resource to those who want to stay abreast of both case law and administrative developments on tax procedure.

    Again, as it stands, this blog is geared solely towards informed analysis, and not information sharing. I suggest that an expansion of the scope of this blog would serve the public and increase readership.

    Although providing contemporaneous links to court cases or administrative documents may seem difficult, I suspect that TaxAnalysts does most the work for you. Even if you are a “day late” to the game (i.e., you pick things that TA has already reported), your editorial judgment as to which document or documents are relevant to the administrative tax practitioner will serve a useful purpose. I hope that this blog does not turn into another “”, which adopted a model similar to yours (extensive commentary or contemporary topics) but has ultimately withered away and died.

    Thanks again for your contributions to the blogosphere.

    • Thank you for your very thoughtful post. I think the filtering/sharing function you suggest (in addition to more extensive context and analysis) is a worthy objective, and one that I identified as a goal of ours in my initial post. Daily or more regular updates on administrative or judicial developments in tax procedure is something we will consider.

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