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Carson College of Business Hoops Tax Forum

Hoops Tax Forum

Spring 2022

Tuesday February 15, 2022 @ 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Taxpayer Rights: Taxpayer Advocates and Trust in the Tax System

Keynote Speaker:
Nina Olson, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Taxpayer Rights

Nina E. Olson is the executive director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights, a nonprofit that works to advance taxpayer rights globally. Among other initiatives, the center organizes and convenes the International Conference on Taxpayer Rights and operates the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Support Center. From March 2001 to July 2019, Olson was the national taxpayer advocate of the United States, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service dedicated to assisting taxpayers resolve their problems with the IRS and making administrative and legislative recommendations to mitigate those problems systemically. She has submitted 39 annual reports to Congress and testified before congressional committees over 60 times. Prior to this role, Olson founded and directed the Community Tax Law Project, the first independent low-income taxpayer clinic in the United States. She also maintained a private legal practice, representing taxpayers in disputes with the IRS. Her awards and recognitions include the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Service, Pro Bono Award, and Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award for Outstanding Dedication, Achievement, and Integrity in the Field of Civil and Criminal Tax Controversies; the Tax Foundation’s Public Sector Distinguished Service Award; and Pro Bono awards from the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and the City of Richmond Bar Association. In 2016, Tax Analysts recognized her as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Women in Tax internationally. The University of Pittsburgh Tax Review dedicated its 2020 issue to her work in taxation. Olson is a member of the Virginia and North Carolina state bars. She is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and a member of the supervisory board of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation Observatory of Taxpayer Rights. She earned her LLM in taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center and her JD from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Spring 2022 Event

Past Events

Event Description Video
Spring 2021 On 3/9/21 David Cay Johnston presented: “The Prosperity Tax – An alternative for the 21st Century” Watch the Video
Spring 2019 On 3/27/19 in Spark G45, the Hoops Tax Institute presented: “Sales Suppression Software: What is it, How Using it Hurts Others and Could Land You Behind Bars, and what You should do if You See it” Watch the Video
Fall 2017 On 11/29/17 The Hoops Tax Institute presented: Thomas Neubig, founding member, Tax Sage Network, and his presentation, “Federal Tax Reform: Why is it Needed, Why so difficult?” Watch the Video
Spring 2017 On 3/6/17 The Hoops Tax Institute presented “Governor Inslee’s 2017-19 Financial Plan,” a public lecture by David Schumacher, director of the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Watch the Video
Fall 2016 On 10/20/16, The Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on I-732 Washington state’s carbon tax initiative. Watch the Video
Spring 2016 On 3/31/16 the Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on the OECD’s proposed multi-lateral agreement on corporate base erosion and profit sharing. Watch the Video
Fall 2015 On 10/6/15 Cara Griffith presented, ““The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly: An Outsider’s Look at Washington State’s Tax System.” Watch the Video
Spring 2015 On 2/19/15 David Cay Johnston presented, “How Government Creates Inequality: The Tax Rules That Take From the Many to Give to the Few.” Watch the Video


Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy
PO Box 644729
Todd Hall, Room 237K
Pullman, WA 99164-4729

This event is co-sponsored between the Foley Institute and the Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy