International Tax Conference

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Almost 300 CPAs and Attorneys attended the 28th annual International Tax Conference in Miami, held Jan. 14–15, 2010. The conference was co–sponsored by the FICPA and The Florida Bar and was held at the beautiful JW Marriott. The attendees were treated to a plethora of sessions covering current topics that are affecting the international tax arena.

The conference topics and speakers included:

International Tax Developments: A Washington DC Perspective

Nicholas J. DeNovio
Partner / Latham & Watkins LLP
Washington, DC
and
Justin D. Stalls
Associate / Latham & Watkins LLP
Washington, DC

The Future of Deferral under the Obama Administration's International Tax Proposals

Seth J. Entin, Esq.
Shareholder / Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Miami

Foreign Accounts, FBAR Requirements and Heightened Enforcement Efforts

Cono R. Namorato
Partner / Caplin & Drysdale
Washington, DC

Voluntary Compliance – Practitioners' Perspective

William M. Sharp Sr.
Partner / Sharp KemmP.A
Tampa

At a Crossroad: Tax Planning and International Tax Transparency (The Mexican Experience)

Manuel E. Tron
Tron Abogados S C
Mexico City

Looking for an Oasis When Tax Free Profits in the Desert Become a Mirage – Lessons Learned in Dubai

James W. Spencer, CPA
Partner / Grant Thornton LLP / Miami
and
Brian Dill
Partner / Grant Thornton LLP / Dallas

Unraveling the Complexities of Puerto Rican Investment in the United States and Investment in Puerto Rico

Lawrence J. Chastang, CPA
Managing Partner - International Services /
LarsonAllen, LLP / Orlando
and
Enrique Cardona
Nexia Cardona & Co. / San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tax Treaty and Related Issues Update

A. Fonseca
Partner / Deloitte Tax LLP / Miami
5:00–6:30 p.m.

U.S. Taxation of Foreign Artists and Athletes – IRS Tries Throwing Mud Against the Wall to See What Sticks!

Robert F. Hudson, Jr.
Partner / Baker & McKenzie LLP / Miami

When is Tax Advice Privileged?

Kevin L. Kenworthy
Member / Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Washington, DC

A Potpourri of Complex Foreign Trust and Foreign Estate – Income Tax Issues

Jose L. Nunez
Partner / Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg P.A.
Coral Gables

Panel on Miscellaneous Civil and Criminal Procedural Issues

Panel Members:
Robert E. Panoff, Esq. – Panel Moderator
Tax Litigator / Miami
and
Victor W. Lessoff
Director,Global Financial Crimes /
IRS–Criminal Investigation / Washington, D.C.
And
Danny Auer
Special Agent in Charge / IRS–Criminal
Investigation South Florida, Puerto Rico
and the USVI / Plantation
and
Rodney L. Hare
SB/SE Territory Manager / South Atlantic Area
Plantation
And
Jeffrey A. Neiman
Assistant United States Attorney
Ft. Lauderdale

Impact of Fifth Protocol on Structuring Canadian Investments in Florida

Jack Bernstein
Senior Tax Partner / Aird & Berlis, LLP
Toronto, Canada

Community of Property: Issues to be Considered in International Trust and Tax Planning

Simon P. Beck
Partner / Baker & McKenzie LLP / Miami

International Asset Protection with Offshore Trusts - A Tax and Estate

Planning Cocktail with a Twist
Leslie A. Share, Esq.
Partner / Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg P.A.
Coral Gables

Thursday night, attendees enjoyed a lively cocktail reception, Hosted by Trident Trust – Leading Provider of Corporate, Trust and Fund Services to Lawyers and Accountants Worldwide

Thank You to the conference sponsors for their support of this event. We are very grateful to them for their participation.

In addition, a special Thank You goes to the Conference Planning Committee for their efforts throughout the past year in planning the conference and securing such top–notch speakers. Members of the committee include:

Lawrence Chastang, Co–Chair
Ozzie Schindler, Co–Chair
Tom Roberge, Vice–Chair
James Attkisson
John Brantley
Henry Castelo
Arthur Dichter
Carol Doerr
Manny Ferro
Renea Glendinning
Richard Jacobson
Antonio Jacomino
Lewis Kevelson
Felipe Merino
Jorn Odegaard
Jerry Ogle
Dana Price
Michael Rosenberg
Jana Sayler
Sebastian Schmitz
Joseph Schortz
David Southwell
James Spencer
Bert Zarb

Most of all, we'd like to thank YOU, the attendees, for coming to this year's conference. We hope you received valuable information that can be applied to your practice, and that you enjoyed the networking opportunities at the event as well.