Members of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform are set to discuss "return-free" filing, among other things, at their next meeting, slated for May 17.

This week will mark the panel's ninth meeting. During the confab, the panel will hear from witnesses on economic and policy perspectives on tax reform and issues associated with "return-free" filing, in which taxpayers are exempt from filing a return. "Return-free" filing is facilitated either by an exact withholding system or one in which the tax agency prepares the return.  Over 30 countries have at least a partial return-free system.

Eric J. Toder, senior fellow, Urban Institiute; Joseph Bankman, professor of law and business at Stanford University; and Grover G. Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform, are scheduled to discuss issues associated with return-free filing.  Martin Feldstein, professor of economics at Harvard University, will discuss economic perspectives on tax reform.

Policy perspectives will be discussed by Mark A. Weinberger, Americas vice chairman-tax services at Ernst & Young, LLP; Jon Talisman, partner at the consulting firm Capitol Tax Partners; Leslie B. Samuels, partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; and Pamela F. Olson, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and former assistant secretary of tax policy at the Treasury.

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