W&M to Host 54th Annual Tax Conference

WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- The 54th annual William and Mary Tax Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, 2008, at the Conference Center of the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

The conference is sponsored by the Law School and the Mason School of Business, as well as the Taxation Section of the Virginia State Bar.

This year's conference, titled "Tax Planning for Real Estate in Uncertain Times," will include panel discussions on partnership allocations; like-kind exchanges; capturing capital gain while staying in the deal; estate and financial planning for real estate investors; ventures with tax exempt and foreign investors, personal residences; troubled projects, workouts and debt restructurings; and the revised tax return preparer penalty.

There will be additional panel discussions at lunch each day. On Thursday, the lunch panel discussion will be "Hot Topics in Virginia Taxation," while Friday will consist of a "Federal Tax Update."

Conference speakers and moderators include: 

  • Farhad Aghdami, Williams Mullen, Richmond
  • Elizabeth J. Atkinson, LeClair Ryan, Virginia Beach
  • Craig D. Bell, McGuireWoods, Richmond
  • Brian C. Bernhardt, McGuireWoods, Richmond
  • Richard G. Blumenreich, KPMG, Washington, D.C.
  • Dale P. Burgess, Goodman & Company, Glen Allen
  • Howard J. Busbee, William & Mary Mason School of Business
  • Eric D. Chason, William & Mary School of Law
  • Cameron N. Cosby, Hunton & Williams, Richmond
  • W. Birch Douglass III, McGuireWoods, Richmond
  • Steven M. Friedman, Ernst & Young, Washington, D.C. 
  • Todd D. Golub, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, Ill.
  • L. Michael Gracik Jr., Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, Glen Allen
  • Michael L. Layman, Layman & Nichols, Harrisonburg
  • Robert E. Lee, Cook, Heyward, Lee, Hooper & Feehan, Richmond
  • Sara O. Loft, King & Spalding, Atlanta, Ga.
  • James H. Lokey Jr., King & Spalding, Atlanta, Ga.
  • William M. Richardson, Hunton & Williams, Richmond
  • Thomas P. Rohman, McGuireWoods, Richmond
  • William L.S. Rowe, Hunton & Williams, Richmond
  • Robert D. Schachat, Ernst & Young, Washington, D.C.
  • Ira B. Shepard, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas

The conference has applied and fully expects to receive approval for 13.0 CLE hours from the Virginia and North Carolina state bars. Additionally, the 2008 conference will provide 15.6 Continuing Professional Education credits for the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

The cost for regular registration for the conference is $495 and includes two boxed lunches, continuous break service, a complimentary beverage ticket for the cocktail reception and a detailed binder of outlines for the program. There is a 20 percent discount for three or more regular registrations from the same firm/office. Full-time faculty or government employees may register for $295 and student registration is $100.

The registration deadline is October 22, 2008. Register early to ensure available space!

For more information or to register, call (757) 221-3187 or e-mail [[wmtax]]