2018 WSATA Agenda

Planned Topics

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National Overview of SALT –

Hear from the Executive Directors of COST, the FTA, and the MTC, along with national practitioners, as they discuss hot topics and issues facing the SALT world.

Tax Legislation and Controversies –

Participants will hear about the experience of tax professionals in three states that recently switched to market based sourcing, and then will learn about the theories of rulemaking that can be applied to resolve tax controversies based on a case study of the Texas sexually oriented business fee rule.

Sales Suppression Update –

This panel will discuss initiatives, best practices, and forensic investigative tools to combat sales suppression fraud and similar acts.

Economic Trends in the Western States –

Tom Currah, Chief Revenue Estimator at the Texas Comptroller’s Office, will provide an update to his WSATA 2017 presentation on energy issues in the Western States. Eric Cropper, Senior Economist at the Utah State Tax Commission, will talk about the drivers behind the thriving economy in Utah.

Improving Management & Employee Engagement –

Hear from top tax administrators about unique initiatives and the steps they are taking to improve management and employee engagement in their states.

Tax Administration during a Natural Disaster –

Departments of Revenue can play a critical role in assisting a state’s energy response and supporting taxpayers during disaster and recovery. Learn about the importance of planning and practicing emergency response. Hear the perspective of both state and industry professionals on lessons learned from the response in Texas to Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Federal Tax Matters Update –

Learn about state tax issues implicated by federal tax reform.

Cryptocurrency –

Experts will discuss recent advances and future developments regarding the taxation and regulation of cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology.

Innovations in Taxpayer Communications –

Take a deeper dive into effective ways to communicate with taxpayers via webinars, podcasts, and other technologies, and to enhance stakeholder and taxpayer engagement.

Other Topics Include:

  • Remote Sales: Perspectives on Wayfair and Beyond
  • Best Practices in Audits
  • Best Practices in Enforcement & Collections
  • Marijuana Tax Update
  • Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) Partnership Update

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

(Subject to change)

  • Sunday, September 23
    • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration & Exhibit Set-Up
    • 4 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WSATA Annual Business Meeting
    • 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
  • Monday, September 24
    • 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Commissioners’ Meeting
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Comptroller Hegar Welcome and General Session
    • 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morning Break with Sponsors
    • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Commissioner’s Roundtable
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Provided)
    • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
    • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break with Sponsors
    • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
    • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour with Sponsors
    • Dinner on Your Own
  • Tuesday, September 25
    • 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Commissioners’ Meeting
    • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. General Session
    • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Morning Break with Sponsors
    • 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. General Session
    • 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)
    • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
    • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break with Sponsors
    • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
    • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Board buses for the Closing Banquet at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
    • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour & Museum Viewing
    • 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closing Banquet at Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
    • 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Buses Return to the Sheraton
  • Wednesday, September 26
    • 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Commissioners’ Meeting
    • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. General Session
    • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Morning Break
    • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session
    • 12:00 p.m. – Conference Ends

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