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A panel of high ranking government officials will speak at the Eighth Annual Tax Council Policy Institute (TCPI) Symposium, “Understanding the Global Tax Arena: Risk & Regulation.”

The Honorable Mark W. Everson, Commissioner, IRS; Mark W. Olson, Chairman, PCAOB; Dave Hartnett, Director General, Compliance Strategy & Business, HM Revenue & Customs (UK); and Conrad Hewitt, Chief Accountant, SEC will address the TCPI Symposium, which begins February 1, 2007 in Washington, DC.

The keynote panel, entitled “Is the Global Wave of Change in Tax Risk Over or Just Beginning?” will be moderated by Mark Weinberger, Americas Vice Chairman of Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP.

“We are honored to present an excellent panel of speakers at the upcoming Symposium,” said Roger LeMaster, Executive Director of TCPI. “As corporate executives face unprecedented global pressures, it is critical that tax risk is considered from an international point of view. We’ve assembled a group that can provide insight and perspective on trends in global tax risk policies, including the development of worldwide legislative and regulatory approaches that will have an impact on businesses.”

The keynote panel is rounded out by a robust two-day agenda that goes beyond analytical policy discussion to include lessons learned from real world experience and first-hand insights on important technical issues, as well trends in US international tax policy and the global tax arena. The Symposium will bring together leading corporate tax executives, practitioners, academics, regulators and policy makers and focuses on managing tax risk in today’s global marketplace. Sessions during the Symposium include:

* Inter-Governmental Cooperation and Information Sharing- Tax Disclosures in Financial Statements: The SEC, PCAOB and IRS Current Perspectives and Future Plans

* Global Tax Enforcement Trends and Worldwide Risks

* Developing a Global Corporate Tax Risk Strategy

* What Every Tax Professional Needs to Know About Securities Law and Risks Relevant to Tax Disclosures

* Managing the Inherent Risks Created by Corporate Merger, Acquisition and Disposition Transaction Activity-What to Look Out for and Best Practices.

* Risk of Controversy with the Tax Authorities

* The Changing Landscape on Penalties

Each year TCPI chooses program managers to help create and execute its annual Tax Policy & Practice Symposium. This year Ernst & Young LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP have been selected as the program co-managers by TCPI. Program managers have been collaborating with the Symposium Planning Committee which is made up of over 25 top tax professionals from major multinational businesses.

The Tax Council Policy Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public policy research and educational organization. It was created to help bring about a better understanding of significant tax policies that impact businesses and the economy through careful study, thoughtful evaluation and open discussion. The annual Tax Policy & Practice Symposium is one of the programs utilized by TCPI to accomplish its mission.

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