Tennessee Federal Tax Conference

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Description

The Tennessee Federal Tax Conference is designed for experienced tax professionals and features up-to-date changes in tax law and the latest from Washington, D.C. in anticipation of future developments, this year’s conference includes new sessions on identity theft and data security, international tax and estate planning. 

Brought to you by the TSCPA and the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute, hear from 20 strong, respected voices and influential minds from across the state at this annual three-day event at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tenn.

Need a hotel room over the course of the conference? Please visit our dedicated Marriott booking website. If you would like to call in your reservation, please call 615-261-6100 and mention TSCPA Federal Tax Conference Rate. This special $191 rate is good through October 24th.

LIVE STREAM OPTION: If you are unable to join us in Franklin - or prefer to skip the travel - you can still take part in the conference.  Our online attendance option brings the conference direct to you via live streaming. Please visit this link for more information and registration.

Credits

Number of Credits Type of Credits
2 General Ethics
1 Management
2 State Ethics
19 Tax

Preparation

Download course material prior to event.

Your Price: $595.00

This is your base price and does not reflect any additional session fees, optional add-ons, or guest registrations. Early Bird rates will be applied to all registrations made prior to November 2, 2017.

Sessions

November 15, 2017

8:35am - 9:35am (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will focus on best practices to limit tax malpractice claims, as well as tactics for addressing, and a representative’s ethical obligations concerning, potential claims identified during representation. Finally, this session will discuss strategies for responding to and defending actual malpractice claims and limiting possible liability.

Select One and Only One
9:50am - 10:50am (Central Time)
$0.00

We are not winning the war on workplace culture, because we are not changing how we work. Have you tried to implement changes at your firm but are encountering resistance? This session will discuss several areas to address within your firm including:

• Flexibility between the firm and staff
• Improving cultural energy at your firm 
• Providing staff leadership development opportunities 
• Offering engagement opportunities 
• Valuing outcomes rather than time

9:50am - 10:50am (Central Time)
$0.00

This session is designed to expand your knowledge and understanding so that you will know what to do when faced with ethical issues. It is designed to help answer some of those tough ethical challenges; to help you know where to turn; whom to consult and what resources are available; and what should be your next step when faced with an ethical dilemma.

  • Understand the importance of complying with ethical standards. 
  • Understand the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. 
  • Understand ethical behavior and how to respond to various situations. 
  • Understand the various sources of ethical guidance. 
  • Understand ethical responsibilities of the Tennessee CPA.
Select One and Only One
11:00am - 12:00pm (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will focus on the representative’s duties and responsibilities regarding prior tax reporting mistakes or errors when representing a client before the IRS. Additionally, this session will discuss best practices and strategies for addressing or correcting prior mistakes or errors using hypothetical situations, and the potential consequences of the representative’s possible choices.

11:00am - 12:00pm (Central Time)
$0.00

This session is designed to expand your knowledge and understanding so that you will know what to do when faced with ethical issues. It is designed to help answer some of those tough ethical challenges; to help you know where to turn; whom to consult and what resources are available; and what should be your next step when faced with an ethical dilemma.

  • Understand the importance of complying with ethical standards. 
  • Understand the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. 
  • Understand ethical behavior and how to respond to various situations. 
  • Understand the various sources of ethical guidance. 
  • Understand ethical responsibilities of the Tennessee CPA.
12:50pm - 1:50pm (Central Time)
$0.00

Recent US and Tennessee statutory changes affecting estate planning, probate and trust planning and administration; cases and other interest items affecting planning.

2:05pm - 3:05pm (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will present case studies on how various estate planning techniques can be used to plan for a $30 million estate consisting one or more of the following assets: (1) a closely held business, (2) retirement plan accounts, (3) a valuable personal residence and/or vacation home, (3) investment portfolio, (4) art and collectibles and (5) other valuable assets. Techniques discussed will include sale of a business to an ESOP, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), sale to intentionally defective grantor trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, buy-sell agreements, qualified personal residence trusts and charitable remainder trusts.

3:20pm - 5:00pm (Central Time)
$0.00

We will discuss Treasury and IRS rulings that are of interest to those engaged in estate planning, as well as recent Federal and state cases that suggest opportunities and highlight pitfalls for the estate planning practice. We will also spend some time reviewing planning ideas and interesting, effective strategies in view of the current planning environment. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" />

November 16, 2017

8:05am - 9:05am (Central Time)
$0.00

An in-depth discussion of recent legislation, cases and rulings as they affect real estate transactions, as well as pass-through entities and their members. ("Where are we going? We don't know. When will we get there? We ain't certain. All that we know is that we're on our way.")

9:20am - 10:20am (Central Time)
$0.00

An in-depth discussion of recent legislation, cases and rulings as they affect real estate transactions, as well as pass-through entities and their members. ("Where are we going? We don't know. When will we get there? We ain't certain. All that we know is that we're on our way.")

10:35am - 11:35am (Central Time)
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The statute exists and proposed regulations have been issued. Ready or not, the new rules are upon us. Who can "opt out?" Should the partnership "push out?" Will the IRS permit tiered "push-outs?" Does the OPA provide how tax decisions are made or does the Partnership Representative make all decisions?

11:35am - 1:15pm (Central Time)
$0.00

Sponsored by Independence Trust Company

Chris will provide an economic update relating to changes in federal taxes.

1:15pm - 2:15pm (Central Time)
$0.00

Every tax practitioner in the United States – whether a member of a major accounting firm or an owner of a one-person storefront - is a potential target for highly sophisticated, well-funded and technologically adept cybercriminals around the world.  The objectives of this session are to raise awareness among tax professionals about their legal obligation to protect taxpayer data as well as highlight security threats they face from identity thieves.

Speakers:
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2:30pm - 3:30pm (Central Time)
$0.00

Many Baby Boomers are entering the second phase of their retirement planning - The Distribution Phase. The objective of the session is to address those factors that will determine whether an individual has enough assets to last a lifetime. As such, the discussion leader will cover such topics as taxation of retirement distributions; sequence of investment returns; appropriate asset allocation; “safe" withdrawal rates in retirement; and asset protection of retirement assets.

2:30pm - 3:30pm (Central Time)
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Republican control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House have led to the declaration of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the nation's tax code. The last major tax reform in 1986 was enacted to make the tax system simpler, fairer and more economically efficient. Thirty years later the same issues persist. What will be the structure of tax reform in 2017 or 2018? The objective is to understand the theory of current tax reform proposals and their impact on multinational companies.

3:35pm - 4:35pm (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will update the latest events in Washington D.C. impacting the CPA profession.

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4:35pm - 5:35pm (Central Time)
$0.00

Sponsored by Waller

November 17, 2017

8:05am - 9:45am (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will review the most significant statutory enactments, judicial decisions, IRS rulings, and Treasury regulations promulgated during the last twelve months that affect the federal income tax treatment of individuals, corporations and their shareholders, partnerships and partners, and tax-exempt organizations.  Significant procedural developments also will be covered.

10:00am - 11:40am (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will review the most significant statutory enactments, judicial decisions, IRS rulings, and Treasury regulations promulgated during the last twelve months that affect the federal income tax treatment of individuals, corporations and their shareholders, partnerships and partners, and tax-exempt organizations.  Significant procedural developments also will be covered.

12:10pm - 1:10pm (Central Time)
$0.00

The presentation will overview general de minimis fringe benefit concepts, cover recent efforts by the IRS to impose limits and restrictions on common fringes and discuss potential penalties and defenses for employers who fail to properly report and withhold on taxable fringes.

1:15pm - 2:15pm (Central Time)
$0.00

Join an experienced pension consultant to discuss creative retirement plan options for small business owners – including usage of solo(k)s, 401(k)s, profit sharing, defined benefit, and cash balance plans as well as new concepts in after-tax contributions and in-plan Roth conversions.

2:30pm - 4:10pm (Central Time)
$0.00

This session will review cases, regulations, rulings and notices involving Tennessee State and Local Taxes over the past year.

Options
$-100.00

This $100 discount is for attendees coming to the conference for the first time. TSCPA will verify each registration to ensure accuracy.

$65.00

In order to select CLE credits, please login to your account or register with your applicable BPR number.

$90.00
You can optionally select to receive printed materials instead of electronic materials. Additional cost will go towards the production of these materials.

Speakers

Robert C. Webb, JD, LLM

Robert has established a reputation as a litigator in civil and criminal tax litigation matters, white-collar criminal defense, and business litigation. Over the past twenty years, he has resolved thousands of civil and criminal tax matters at the federal, state and local level. Robert has worked at the Department of Justice Tax Division in Washington, D.C. while pursuing his Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Robert has taught federal taxation of entities at Bellarmine College, authored the Criminal Tax Practice Monograph for the University of Kentucky College of Law and speaks annually at the American Bar Association Criminal Tax Institute.

Robert is a member of the firm's white collar group and tax controversy and litigation practice group. He has represented taxpayers in tax controversy matters from Connecticut to California. Robert has handled civil and criminal tax cases throughout the United States. He regularly represents clients in civil and criminal tax controversies before the IRS and in the United States Tax Court, United States District Court and the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals. He has led the defense of federal and state criminal offenses at the investigatory, grand jury, and trial levels in such areas as criminal tax fraud, mail and wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen goods, criminal and civil RICO, health care fraud, criminal antitrust, money laundering, gambling, and environmental matters. Robert regularly conducts internal investigations for public companies involving computer fraud and document destruction issues, and designs and implements records management systems.

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J. C. Coffman, JD

Christopher is a member in the Louisville office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. His practice concentrates on civil and criminal tax controversies. Christopher has represented clients in administrative proceedings before local and state taxing authorities and the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, he has represented clients before the United States Tax Court. He also has significant experience in representing clients in criminal matters at both the state and federal level.

Christopher has represented clients through federal investigations and at trial on criminal issues such as tax fraud and evasion, bank fraud, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, RICO conspiracies, mislabeling of food products, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, voting fraud, money laundering, and state consumer protection act violations. Christopher earned his B.A. from Lipscomb University, cum laude (1998), and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School (2001).

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Katherine G. Watts, CPA, CHC

Katherine is the partner in charge of healthcare services for HORNE LLP. She leads a team of Certified Public Accountants and healthcare consultants providing services to physicians, medical groups, hospital systems, ambulatory surgery centers and other healthcare organizations as they develop strategies to meet today’s market demands. Kathy provides healthcare, consulting and taxation services. Her primary concentration is in both the financial and operational aspects of medical practices including startups, mergers and dissolutions, outsourced accounting, physician compensation modeling, practice and clinic transfers of ownership, benchmarking and fee schedules, and tax planning and consulting.

Kathy currently serves as the chair of the Belonging at HORNE steering committee and on the technology steering committee. She made firm history in 2016 when she was elected and served as the first female chair of HORNE’s Board of Directors.

Kathy joined HORNE in 2004. She has more than 30 years of experience providing assurance, tax and consulting services to physician practices and related entities.

Kathy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Kathy is licensed to practice public accounting in Tennessee and Mississippi. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association.

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Douglas E. Warren, CPA, CFF, CFE

Douglas E. Warren, is managing partner of Warren & Tallent CPAs, PLLC, holds designations as a CPA, Certified in Financial Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiner. He received his BS in accounting from Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Warren is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars across the country. He was named the 2016 AICPA Speaker of the Year. His primary concentration is in the area of taxation, fraud examinations and litigation support. He has provided expert testimony in over 35 cases and oversees the firm’s litigation consulting practice.

Warren serves on several boards and is currently the Chair of the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

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Turney P. Berry, JD

Turney P. Berry concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, fiduciary matters, and charitable planning. Mr. Berry is Chair of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs’ Trusts, Estates & Personal Planning Service Team and a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Berry is active in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), currently serving as Chair of the Estate & Gift Committee and State Chair for Kentucky, and is a past Regent of the College, former President of the ACTEC Foundation, and previous chair of the Charitable and Tax Exempt Committee.

As a Uniform Law Commissioner, Mr. Berry currently serves as Chair of the drafting committee for the Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (a revision of the principal and income acts), Vice-Chair of the drafting committee for the Uniform Directed Trust Act, Vice-Chair of the Drafting Committee on Electronic Wills Act, and Vice-Chair of the Study Committee on Trust Management of Funds Raised through Public Fundraising. He has served as chair of the Uniform Power of Appointment Act and as a member of the drafting committee for Uniform Acts on the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets (revised act), Decanting, Insurable Interests, Premarital and Marital Agreements, Transfer on Death Deeds, and the Uniform Probate Code Artificial Reproductive Technology provisions.

For the American Bar Association, Mr. Berry serves as Co-Chair of the Charitable Planning Committee for the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and on the Conservation Easement Task Force.

Mr. Berry is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Advisory Council of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, a Member of the Advisory Board of Trusts and Estates Monthly, a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estates Act, and a member of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Advisory Board (Estates, Gifts, and Trusts). He serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami Estate Planning LLM Program (Business Succession Planning), and has served as Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Louisville, and regularly speaks at the nation's leading estate planning conferences. Since 1996, Mr Berry has served as Co-Chair of the Midwest/Midsouth Estate Planning Institute at the University of Kentucky (the longest continuously run CLE event in Kentucky).

Mr. Berry has been certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and is a member of its Estate Planning Hall of Fame [Kentucky does not recognize legal specialties]. He is listed in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® and in the Kentucky Super Lawyer Magazine in the area of Trusts and Estates.

Mr. Berry is the author or co-author of three Tax Management Portfolios: Estate Tax Deductions - Sections 2053 and 2054; Private Foundations - Self Dealing - Section 4941; and Taxable Expenditures - Section 4945. In addition he is co-author of Trust Law in Kentucky (in progress) and his frequent articles have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. Mr. Berry received the Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding Law Review Article award for an article he co-authored with Paul Lee titled “Retaining, Sustaining and Obtaining Basis” which was published by the Texas Tech Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal in January 2015

Mr. Berry has been an Articles Editor of The Tax Lawyer and a past chair of the Louisville Bar Association Probate and Estate Planning Section (1989 Section of the Year). He is a member of the Louisville Estate Planning Council, Kentuckiana Planned Giving Council, and an adjunct member of the American Association of Life Underwriters.

A native of Tennessee, Mr. Berry received his B.A. and B.L.S. in 1983 from the University of Memphis and his J.D. in 1986 from Vanderbilt University.

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Jeremiah W. Doyle, JD

Jere Doyle is an estate planning strategist for BNY Mellon's Private Wealth Management group and a Senior Vice President of Bank of New York Mellon. He has been with the firm since 1981. Jere provides high net worth individuals and families throughout the country with integrated wealth management advice on how to hold, manage and transfer their wealth in a tax efficient manner. Jere is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the United States District Court, United States Court of Appeals (First Circuit) and the United States Tax Court. He formerly served as a member of the Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments.

He is the editor and co-author of Preparing Fiduciary Income Tax Returns, a contributing author of Preparing Estate Tax Returns, a contributing author of Understanding and Using Trusts, a contributing author of Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts all published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, a reviewing editor of the 1041 Deskbook published by Practitioner’s Publishing Company and a contributing columnist for Estate Planning Review – The Journal published by Commerce Clearing House.

Jere is a lecturer in law in the Graduate Tax Program at Boston University School of Law teaching courses in Exempt Organizations, Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving and Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolution.. Jere received a LL.M. in banking law from Boston University Law School, a LL.M. in taxation from Boston University Law School, a Juris Doctor from Hamline University Law School and a BS in accounting from Providence College. He served as president of the Boston Estate Planning Council and as a member of its Executive Committee and was a 20-year member of the Executive Committee of the Essex County Bar Association. He is also a member of the steering committee for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Advanced Estate Planning Program.

He was named as the “Estate Planner of the Year” in 2009 by the Boston Estate Planning Council. In 2011 he was elected to the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) Estate Planning Hall of Fame as an Accredited Estate Planner® (Distinguished). He has spoken at numerous professional education programs throughout the country on various topics, been quoted in numerous business publications and has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC and CNN.

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Albert W. Secor

Al joined Southeastern Trust Company, a division of Atlantic Capital Bank, N.A. in November 2014 as a Trust Officer. Al has over 40 years of experience in both private practice and banking, specializing in tax and estate planning and administration. In addition to serving individual clients, Al and a group of similarly qualified lawyers from across Tennessee have been instrumental in updating Tennessee’s will, estate administration, trust, guardian and conservator laws enabling Tennessee to be one of the leading jurisdictions in the US in these areas. He is the author of Tennessee Probate, a handbook for lawyers and paralegals in the proper management of estates, and Tennessee Elder Law, a handbook for lawyers and paralegals to help their clients plan for aging and the challenge of managing their affairs. Al received both his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and Doctor of Law degrees from Emory University, and earned a Master of Law in Taxation from New York University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

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Stefan F. Tucker, Esq.

Stef Tucker represents a wide variety of clients, from the entrepreneur and the professional, on the one hand, to publicly traded enterprises, such as real estate investment trusts, on the other hand. His practice encompasses the entire range of subjects from mergers and acquisitions, to entity planning, structuring and formation, to asset protection and preservation, to business transactions, to family business planning and wealth preservation. In addition, Stef has extensive experience in Federal and state income, estate and gift taxation, including tax audits.

In many respects, Stef is a generalist, even in today’s world of specialists. His clients look to him to apply his breadth of experience and general knowledge in arriving at solutions to a wide range of business-oriented problems and issues and in structuring complex business arrangements and transactions. They also seek his assistance in connection with their personal financial matters and wealth preservation planning.

Stef has represented a wide variety of companies in acquisitions and in being acquired by both United States and foreign-based companies. This practice also encompasses workouts of difficult financial asset structurings and repositionings, real estate acquisitions, exchanges, financings and refinancings, estate planning and structuring, the review of proposed Federal tax legislation and comments on and testimony related to proposed Federal income tax regulations, family business planning and wealth preservation, and work with REITs and other publicly traded entities.

Stef served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation from 1998 to 1999, having previously served as Chair-Elect, as its Vice-Chair/Committee Operations, as a member of its Council, and as Chair of its Committees on Real Estate and Continuing Legal Education.

Moreover, he was an active member of the ABA Section of Taxation Task Force on Tax System Restructuring, with a particular focus on real estate. In addition, he is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Division of Taxation, having previously served as a member of its Steering Committee.

Stef was a Professorial Lecturer at Law at George Washington University Law Center from 1970 to 1990, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Law at Georgetown University Law Center since 1990, in both cases teaching Federal Taxation of Real Estate Transactions. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching Business Planning and Federal Taxation of Real Estate Transactions.

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J. Leigh Griffith, JD, LLM, CPA

In over 35 years of practicing tax and business law, Leigh Griffith has helped clients grow their businesses from the start-up stage to multimillion-dollar corporations. Transaction-oriented businesses, healthcare companies, private equity firms, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and partnerships rely on Leigh's experience and counsel to structure their tax matters, which can range from a few million dollars to over $1 billion. Colleagues and clients regularly turn to him for his deep knowledge of tax at the state, national, and global levels as well as the intersection of non-profit tax law, for-profit tax law and healthcare regulatory law.

Leigh is also a sought-after seminar leader for continuing professional education programs and has a featured column, "The Passthrough Partner," in Taxes Magazine, published bimonthly by CCH Tax and Accounting.

Excited by the intellectual challenges presented by the ever-changing landscape of tax laws, Leigh provides advice that "looks around the corner" and he "looks out the windshield rather than in the rear-view mirror."

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Christopher Kuehl

Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies – Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas.

Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies. 

Chris is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.

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Susan Gainous

Susan has been employed in various occupations within the Internal Revenue Service for over 27 years. During her career she has worked clerical, technical and management positions in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. She is currently a Senior Stakeholder Liaison in the Nashville, TN office. In this position she serves as the IRS Liaison for tax practitioner organizations in Kentucky and Tennessee and as the IRS Disaster Coordinator for Kentucky. Her current occupation allows her to provide IRS Outreach and Education for the many tax practitioner organizations in these States. Susan has extensive experience working with IRS policies and procedures and has spent many years working one-on-one with the taxpayer and practitioner community in resolving tax issues. Susan currently resides in Olmstead, KY.

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Salvatore Geraci, CPA, CFP, JD

Salvatore (Sal) Geraci is one of the founding principles of HHM Wealth Advisors LLC (and its predecessors), an independent financial planning firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Geraci’s expertise in conceptual financial planning is reflected in his educational and business background. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1968. After serving his country for two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict, he returned to UNO where he was awarded an MBA in 1971. He was then employed with a Big 4 accounting firm specializing in tax and retirement planning while attending Loyola University School of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctor in 1976. Mr. Geraci is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner®.

Sal is called upon often to speak to various professional and business groups on a myriad of financial topics. He has authored several financial articles for local and national publications and has been quoted in the Practical Accountant journal and daily newspapers. Active in both professional and community organizations, Sal believes in giving back to the community that has given him so much. Mr. Geraci served for over seven years on the Board of Trustees of one of the Southeast’s largest community hospitals being elected Chairman for two terms by his fellow trustees. He is a previous president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPA’s and previous chairperson for the Tennessee Society of CPA’s Personal Financial Planning Committee.

Originally from New Orleans, Sal enjoys cooking and traveling. He and his wife donate and host gourmet dinners to raise funds for Chattanooga charities raising over $35,000 over the last 15 years. They also enjoy family activities with their four children and twelve grandchildren.

Sal also co-hosted a daily financial talk show, “Let’s Talk Money!” on 102.3 FM Chattanooga for over 13 years. Sal now limits his participation on the show to that of a periodic guest host.

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Patricia K. Biscopink, CPA

As chair of the firm’s International Services practice, Kay focuses on providing comprehensive planning and compliance services to clients with inbound and outbound international operations, mainly in the manufacturing and distribution industry. With more than 30 years of experience in public and private accounting, including 16 years with an international accounting firm, her services range from initial international operations structuring to the full integration of host country operations. Kay consults with multinational companies to unify global tax strategies and create the optimum tax efficient structures, including the coordination of transfer pricing and overall tax strategies. Her experience includes the human resource element of international expansion, as well as developing expatriate and inpatriate policies, tax equalization agreements, assignment evaluators and home and host country tax compliance.

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Mark Peterson

Mark G. Peterson is the Executive Vice President – Advocacy at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). In this position, he sets the direction for global advocacy for management and public accounting, CPA and CGMA issues. Peterson works closely with state CPA societies, national governments, US state governments, regulators, legislators and accounting bodies to influence and shape policy decisions impacting the profession. Peterson leads the Congressional & Political Affairs, and State Society Affairs, State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and Tax Advocacy teams.

Prior to joining the AICPA, Peterson served as Vice President with the Alpine Group, where he was responsible for individualized lobbying work on tax, trade, agricultural, environmental, energy and related issues. He served a diverse group of clients, including major international technology companies, energy companies, financial institutions, manufacturers and trade associations, as well as worked on several major policy coalitions on matters pending before the legislative and executive branches of government.

Peterson has held several other positions in Washington that have included the role of Washington Representative for Toyota Motors North America, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Andersen LLP in Washington and a Special Assistant to Speaker Newt Gingrich in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in history from the University of North Dakota.

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Bruce A. McGovern, JD, LLM

Bruce McGovern is a tenured member of the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston, where he also serves as Director of the school’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Thomas Meskill on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. He then practiced law with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He subsequently earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he taught as a visiting faculty member before joining the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Professor McGovern teaches and writes in the areas of business organizations and taxation. His courses include Federal Income Taxation, U.S. Taxation of International Transactions, Partnership and Subchapter S Taxation, and Federal Tax Procedure. He frequently speaks on recent developments in federal income taxation. Professor McGovern is a member of the Council of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, a former Chair of the Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

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Cassady V. Brewer, JD, LLM

Cassady V. “Cass” Brewer, associate professor of law, teaches Basic Federal Income Taxation, Nonprofit Organizations, Taxation of Business Organizations, Partnership Taxation, and the Law of Social Enterprise. His research primarily focuses upon the legal and tax aspects of the intersection of tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations with for-profit enterprises and commercial activity. In particular, Brewer writes and speaks extensively on the legal and tax aspects of the emerging “hybrid” business forms such as the benefit corporation and the low-profit limited liability company.

Brewer received his LL.M. (Taxation) from New York University, where he served as graduate editor of the Tax Law Review. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.

He co-founded the Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and he is a past co-chair of the Section. Brewer also has participated in drafting and amending the Georgia Limited Liability Company and Limited Liability Partnership Acts and continues to serve as a member of the Partnerships and LLCs Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Brewer previously was a partner in the Tax Group of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP and remains Of Counsel with the firm. Since 2009, he has been listed by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in tax, and he also has been named a Legal Elite in the tax category by Georgia Trend magazine as recently as 2012.

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Steven P. Johnson, JD

With experience gained as a trial lawyer in the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Steven P. Johnson advises clients on tax controversies and litigation matters involving complex tax issues. Before joining Morgan Lewis and working for the DOJ, Steven served as a law clerk to Judge Tucker L. Melancon of the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He holds a Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) from Georgetown Law School.

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Patrick Rehfield, JD

Patrick Rehfield focuses on matters related to executive compensation, payroll tax, and employee fringe benefits. He advises private and public companies on designing and implementing nonqualified retirement plans, equity compensation plans, and executive compensation arrangements. He also counsels publicly traded companies on reporting and compliance matters involving the SEC, with a focus on proxy and disclosure issues, executive compensation, and corporate governance. He advises public and private companies on employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions, including executive compensation matters for senior management.

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Mike Wesson, CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, CEBS, APA

Michael E. Wesson leads the marketing, consulting, and business development efforts for Acuff & Associates. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the design, communication, marketing, and administration of qualified retirement plans. He has become a prominent and trusted resource in the retirement plan and financial advisor community and is a Principal, Shareholder, and Director of Acuff & Associates. Mike is also a frequent speaker at financial services events and CPE presentations, such as the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Institute of Pension Administrators, and the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute.

Mike holds a B. S. in History from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.B.A. in Economics from Plymouth State University. He has earned the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC), Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA), Qualified 40l(k) Administrator (QKA), and Tax-Exempt and Government Plan Consultant (TGPC) designations from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries; the Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) designation from the National Institute of Pension Administrators; and the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Stephen J. Jasper, JD

As businesses encounter disputes or potential disputes with the state of Tennessee and other taxing authorities, Steve Jasper makes sure those businesses receive fair tax treatment and the full tax savings they are entitled to receive. Steve represents his clients in negotiations with taxing authorities and, as necessary, guides businesses through administrative proceedings or trials. Steve provides counsel with special attention to clients' business objectives, and in the past five years alone has successfully received over $100 million in tax savings on behalf of his clients. As a reflection of his specialized experience in state tax matters, on multiple occasions Steve has been selected by the Tennessee Department of Revenue to help draft major rewrites to significant portions of Tennessee's tax statutes.

Steve's clients include multi-national Fortune 500 companies with locations and business operations across the globe, as well as Tennessee-based companies with a single business location.

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G. M. Yopp, JD

Companies and individuals rely upon Mike Yopp to guide them through the ever-changing landscape of state and federal taxation, partnerships, limited liability companies and general business law. Mike advises clients on both strategy and implementation regarding a
broad variety of tax issues including:

  • Corporate tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Partnership tax
  • State and local tax (SALT)
  • Trust and estate matters
  • Conservatorships and guardianships
Mike's clients can depend on him to provide practical solutions to seemingly intractable issues. Clients appreciate his depth of knowledge and involvement with precedent-setting work, including:
  • Former Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Business Entity Study Committee
  • Contributing to the creation of Tennessee’s Limited Liability Company Act
  • Serving as an expert witness
  • Serving as lead counsel in a precedent-setting property tax case, Boeing Equipment Holding Co. v. Tennessee State Board of Equalization
Recognitions
Since 1995, Best Lawyers in America has recognized Mike in the categories of Litigation & Controversy – Tax and Tax Law. Mike was also named Nashville's 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Litigation & Controversy-Tax. Back to Speakers