The 2019 TXCPA Austin Annual Tax Conference on November 7 & 8 hosted approximately 120 CPAs/accounting professionals and 16 different topics/speakers.

This annual event is very time consuming and would not be possible without the assistance of volunteers. Once again, the committee did a fantastic job lining up speakers and making sure everyone was on time and in the right place. Special thanks goes to: Mandy Klein (Conference Chairman), Coalter Baker, Jennifer Brown, Connie Clark, Dottie Hart, Michele Heyman, Ira Lipstet, Christi Mondrik, Chris Okafor, Komal Paharia and Debra Watkins.

We also had great sponsors this year!

CAMICO
Xero
Tandem Trust Financial

Not only did our wonderful sponsors support the Tax Conference financially, they even provided prizes for our events! We are always thankful for our sponsors at this and all our Chapter events. Just to name a few, Melissa Jacoby won a registration- again – to next year’s conference and Chuck Musial received a gift basket from Tandem Trust Financial. Joyce Bradley went home with a TXCPA Austin-branded YETI tumbler.

Last, but definitely not least, our presenters! The sessions of the this event are presented by experts in their topics and we cannot thank them enough for joining us this year. Our 2019 speaker/topic lineup:

FOREIGN TAX LAW UPDATES
William H. Hornberger, JD, CPA, Partner | Jackson Walker LLP

MULTI-STATE TAX UPDATE: NAVIGATING THE STATE TAX LANDSCAPE IN A POST-WAYFAIR WORLD
Christina A. Mondrik, CPA, Esq, TBLS Board Certified-Tax Law, Principal AttorneyMondrik & Associates

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION
Bruce A. McGovern, JD, LLM (Tax), Professor of Law | South Texas College of Law Houston

RISK MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES FOR TAX PRACTITIONERS
Duncan Will, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE | CAMICO Mutual Insurance Company

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION:
AUSTIN ECONOMIC FORECAST – WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON?
Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital | Independence Title

OIL & GAS TAXATION POST U.S. TAX REFORM
Denney L. Wright, Professor of Practice | University of Houston Law Center

NONPROFIT UPDATE: HOW THE NEW TAX LAWS IMPACT NONPROFITS & DONORS
Katy Avenson, CPA, Partner | Avenson Hamann CPAs, LLP

QUALIFIED OPPORTUNITY FUNDS VS. 1031 EXCHANGES
Doug Jones, JD, LLM, Partner | McGinnis Lochridge

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: SECTION 199A & THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY
Patrick L. O’Daniel, Partner | Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

PROPERTY TAX – WHAT TAXPAYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 86TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Daniel R. Smith, Principal and General Counsel | Popp Hutcheson PLLC

ESTATE/GIFT TAX UPDATE & EXAMS/UPSTREAM TRANSFERS
Blaise C. Bender, MS, MPA, JD, CDMA, CPA | Blaise C. Bender, PC

CHOICE OF ENTITY PLANNING POST-TAX REFORM
Joshua A. Sutin, JD, LLM, Tax Attorney | Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: CYBERSECURITY JAM SESSION
Tanner Vaughan, Founder and CEO | Live Oak IT Partners
Ryan Smith, Director of Sales | Rigid Bits Cybersecurity Services

RESPONDING TO IRS REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
Joel Crouch, Tax Attorney/Managing Partner | Meadows Collier Reed Cousins Crouch & Ungerman LLP

AN OVERVIEW OF SELF-DIRECTED IRAS, SOLO 401(k)s, SEPs
Paul B. Matthews CPA, CFA®

NAVIGATING & CONQUERING SECTION 754
Robert W. Nelson, Attorney, CPA, Member | Dykema Gossett PLLC

If you’re interested in joining the Tax Conference Planning Committee, please contact Kaira Tanwar.