Largest Business Tax Conference in the Nation Happening in January

The Manufacturers’ Education Council’s 28th Annual Ohio Tax Conference will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29-30, 2019. Attended by 14,802 corporate tax directors, CFOs, tax professionals and taxing authorities over the past 27 years, this event is the largest business tax conference in the nation.

The conference was established in the early 1990’s by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce along with the Ohio Department of Taxation and led by the Ohio Tax Commissioner & former Franklin County Auditor, Roger Tracy. The idea of the conference was to serve as one of the top business tax educational conferences, bringing leading experts on tax issues from across the nation to participate. The annual Ohio Tax Conference has since served as the model for public/private partnership for tax education, inspiring many states to establish their own state tax conference in similar fashion.

A volunteer, blue-ribbon tax conference planning committee, made up of many Ohio Chamber members, meets twice a year to take on the task of selecting topics, keynote speakers and workshop sessions for the annual Ohio Tax Conference. Representing some of the most prestigious national law firms and tax consulting organizations and Ohio’s leaders in corporate taxation, members of this committee attend planning sessions from all over the country to help put together this event. With hundreds of tax abstracts coming to the table, the planning committee must vote to select the handful of sessions for the speaking opportunities they see fit.

This upcoming tax conference attracts the ‘best & brightest’ in taxation in the nation to come and lead workshops, roundtables, and more at the two-day event. The newly elected Ohio governor and newly appointed tax commissioner have been invited to attend. Former Ohio Tax Commissioner and Ohio Chamber Board Member Tom Zaino is also one of the featured speakers. Ohio Chamber Director of Tax & Economic Policy Jeff McClain will preside over the Ohio Tax Hall of Fame Ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

Several other national tax experts will be featured at the 2019 conference as leaders and keynote speakers. Conference attendees will get the chance to interact with leading tax decision-makers in Ohio as well as top tax officials from surrounding states.

Each year the tax conference planning committee establishes “hot tax topics” for the upcoming conference. Featured topics at the 2019 conference include the massive impact of technology in the tax field, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota vs Wayfair, the impact of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act just to name a few.

In addition, this year’s conference will feature two optional ethics sessions for both CPE & CLE credits for Ethics & Professionalism for State Tax Professionals.  The first session, Ethics & Professionalism for State Tax Professionals – Top 10 Ethical Dilemmas will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30. With a second one, Ethics & Professionalism for State Tax Professionals – For Your Eyes Only: Understanding Privileges & Protections in State Tax Practice will be held the same day from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

With the best line-up of speakers and hot tax issues, the 28th Annual Ohio Tax Conference is invaluable to keep current with significant tax developments at the federal, state & local level. As the largest business tax conference in the nation, attendees will benefit from the continuing education credits they can earn and the valuable information received on major tax and jobs issues.

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