2023 CalTax Foundation Webinar Series

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:00 AM - Tuesday, 5 December 2023 11:00 AM PST

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December 5: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – A Year-End Update on the Battle Over the Two-Thirds Vote for Local Partial Approval - $12.00

Jon Coupal (President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association), Greg Turner (Founder, Turner Law – State and Local Tax Advocates), Kurt Oneto (Partner, Nielsen Merksamer), and moderator Robert Gutierrez (President, California Taxpayers Association) provide an update on California’s two-thirds vote requirement for local special taxes, including local governments’ efforts to get around the requirement and taxpayers’ efforts to stop them.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:00 AM - Tuesday, 5 December 2023 11:00 AM PST

Join the California Tax Foundation for its 2023 webinar series. Each month attendees will hear from leading State and Local Tax experts in California on timely and engaging topics.

Participating meeting attendees may be eligible to receive one credit hour for California MCLE and/or CPE for each webinar attended. For your attendance to be eligible for continuing education credit, participation in the polls during the webinar is required. Joining with the call-in option will not allow you to participate in the polls to receive credit.  

Established in 1980 by the California Taxpayers Association, the CalTax Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting sound tax policy and government efficiency through education and research. For more information about the foundation, visit www.caltaxfoundation.org.

Panelists for the webinar series will be announced at a later date.

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For questions, logistics, or additional details, please contact Lexey Chandler at 916-930-3104 or lexey@caltax.org.

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Rob Gutierrez
President
California Taxpayers Association

Rob is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CalTax, responsible for managing the staff and overall direction of the association. Rob joined CalTax in 2009, and served as Director of State & Local Finance and Director of the California Tax Foundation, the nonprofit research organization founded by CalTax in 1980. Rob is a member of the Franchise Tax Board Advisory Board. He has completed extensive research on tax policy, including property taxes, how taxes and fees are applied under Proposition 26, and state spending priorities. He assisted in publishing the second edition of California’s Tax Machine: A History of Taxing and Spending in the Golden State. Rob holds a degree in political science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

https://www.caltax.org/about-caltax/staff/

About Rob Gutierrez

President
California Taxpayers Association
Peter Blocker
VP of Policy
California Taxpayers Association

Peter is the Vice President of Policy at CalTax. He has been with CalTax since 2011, first as a Policy Analyst and since 2015 as a registered lobbyist. In addition to representing CalTax in the Capitol, he analyzes legislation relating to tax policy, and manages special projects. He also provides research and writing for CalTax publications. Peter’s research and writing covers a broad spectrum of state tax policy, as well as government efficiency, elections and local tax issues. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego.

https://www.caltax.org/about-caltax/staff/

About Peter Blocker

VP of Policy
California Taxpayers Association
David Kline
VP of Communications and Research
California Taxpayers Association

David was named Vice President of Communications and Research in January 2010, after serving since 2007 as Director of Communications. He fields media inquiries, oversees research projects and production of CalTax publications, and serves as editor of the CalTaxletter. From 1992 to 2004, he worked for the Metropolitan News Company, first as the Capitol bureau chief and later as editor of Senior Spectrum newspaper, which received several journalism awards during his five-year tenure. From 2004 to 2007, he was a principal consultant and chief speechwriter for the Assembly Minority Leader.

https://www.caltax.org/about-caltax/staff/

About David Kline

VP of Communications and Research
California Taxpayers Association
Bart Baer
Chief Tax Counsel
California Taxpayers Association

About Bart Baer

Chief Tax Counsel
California Taxpayers Association
Joan Armenta-Roberts
SUT Technical Tax Consultant
California Taxpayers Association

Joan joined CalTax in February 2020 as a Technical Tax Consultant with expertise helping taxpayers navigate California’s complicated sales and use tax laws. She has more than 25 years of sales and use tax experience, both in the private sector and through her work as a top advisor to State Board of Equalization Member Dean Andal, who chaired the BOE and successfully implemented reforms that promote efficiency and sound tax policy. Her extensive experience also includes more than 18 years with PwC and KPMG, two of the “Big Four” accounting firms, and most recently running her own sales tax consulting business.

https://www.caltax.org/about-caltax/staff/

About Joan Armenta-Roberts

SUT Technical Tax Consultant
California Taxpayers Association
Tobias Wolken
Legislative Aide
California Taxpayers Association

About Tobias Wolken

Legislative Aide
California Taxpayers Association
Faith Giordano
Legal Assistant
California Taxpayers Association

About Faith Giordano

Legal Assistant
California Taxpayers Association
Jon Coupal
President
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

About Jon Coupal

President
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Jeff Cook
Senior Manager – State and Local Tax
KPMG

About Jeff Cook

Senior Manager – State and Local Tax
KPMG
Ruben Sislyan
Shareholder
GreenbergTraurig

About Ruben Sislyan

Shareholder
GreenbergTraurig
Gina Rodriquez
Principal, Advocacy Services Practice
Ryan, LLC

About Gina Rodriquez

Principal, Advocacy Services Practice
Ryan, LLC
Michael Lebeau
Partner
Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP

About Michael Lebeau

Partner
Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP
Chris Schutz
Chief Counsel
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

About Chris Schutz

Chief Counsel
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
William Lasher
Specialist Executive, Indirect Tax
Deloitte

About William Lasher

Specialist Executive, Indirect Tax
Deloitte
Trisha Fortune
Principal, Transaction Tax
Ryan

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Principal, Transaction Tax
Ryan
Joseph Vinatieri
Partner
Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP

About Joseph Vinatieri

Partner
Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP
Loren Kaye
President
California Foundation for Commerce and Education

About Loren Kaye

President
California Foundation for Commerce and Education
Annette Nellen
Professor and Director of the MST Program
San José State University

About Annette Nellen

Professor and Director of the MST Program
San José State University
Jim Fier
Partner
Downey, Smith & Fier

About Jim Fier

Partner
Downey, Smith & Fier
Stephanie Pfister
Senior Tax Manager – Employment Tax
Ernst & Young

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Senior Tax Manager – Employment Tax
Ernst & Young
Will Gorrod
Partner
Baker Botts, LLP

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Partner
Baker Botts, LLP
Douglas Holmes
President
UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation

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President
UWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation
Tim Gustafon
Partner
Eversheds Sutherland

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Eversheds Sutherland
Kathy Freeman
Managing Director
Deloitte

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Managing Director
Deloitte
Carl Joseph
Principal
Ernst & Young

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Principal
Ernst & Young
Yoni Fix
Counsel - California State and Local Tax
Reed Smith

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Counsel - California State and Local Tax
Reed Smith
Derick Brannan
Managing Director
PwC

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Managing Director
PwC
Randy Ferris
Managing Director | Indirect Tax Services
Ernst & Young

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Managing Director | Indirect Tax Services
Ernst & Young
Marty Dakessian
Managing Partner
Dakessian Law, Ltd.

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Managing Partner
Dakessian Law, Ltd.
Amy Silverstein
Co-Founder and Partner
Silverstein & Pomerantz

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Co-Founder and Partner
Silverstein & Pomerantz
Joaquin Torres
Assessor
San Francisco City and County

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Assessor
San Francisco City and County
Jordan Marks
San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
San Diego County

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San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
San Diego County
Larry Stone
Assessor
County of Santa Clara County

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Assessor
County of Santa Clara County
Mark Stefan
Partner
Ernst & Young

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Partner
Ernst & Young
Brad Marsh
Co-Managing Shareholder, Co-Chair, US State and Local Tax Practice
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

About Brad Marsh

Co-Managing Shareholder, Co-Chair, US State and Local Tax Practice
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Kurt Oneto
Partner
Nielsen Merksamer

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Partner
Nielsen Merksamer
Greg Turner
Founder
Turner Law – State and Local Tax Advocates

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Sessions on Jan 10, 2023

10:00 AM

Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt – Employment Taxes in 2023

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Tobias Wolken
    Legislative AideCalifornia Taxpayers Association
    Douglas Holmes
    PresidentUWC – Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation
    Stephanie Pfister
    Senior Tax Manager – Employment TaxErnst & Young

    Sessions on Feb 14, 2023

    10:00 AM

    Sales Tax Sourcing – Who Gets the Tax on That Valentine’s Day Gift?

    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
      Tobias Wolken
      Legislative AideCalifornia Taxpayers Association
      Chris Schutz
      Chief CounselCalifornia Department of Tax and Fee Administration
      Joseph Vinatieri
      PartnerBewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP
      William Lasher
      Specialist Executive, Indirect TaxDeloitte

      Sessions on Mar 07, 2023

      10:00 AM

      Common and Uncommon Sales Tax Audit Issues

      10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
        Joan Armenta-Roberts
        SUT Technical Tax ConsultantCalifornia Taxpayers Association
        Joan joined CalTax in February 2020 as a Technical Tax Consultant with expertise helping taxpayers navigate California’s complicated sales and use tax laws. She has more than 25 years of sales and use tax experience, both in the private sector and through her work as a top advisor to State Board of Equalization Member Dean Andal, who chaired the BOE and successfully implemented reforms that promote efficiency and sound tax policy. Her extensive experience also includes more than 18 years with PwC and KPMG, two of the “Big Four” accounting firms, and most recently running her own sales tax consulting business.
        Trisha Fortune
        Principal, Transaction TaxRyan
        Jim Fier
        PartnerDowney, Smith & Fier
        Will Gorrod
        PartnerBaker Botts, LLP

        Sessions on Apr 11, 2023

        10:00 AM

        Virtual Currency for Tangible Taxes – Are the Tax Agencies Ready?

        10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
          Faith Giordano
          Legal AssistantCalifornia Taxpayers Association
          Jeff Cook
          Senior Manager – State and Local TaxKPMG
          Annette Nellen
          Professor and Director of the MST ProgramSan José State University

          Sessions on May 09, 2023

          10:00 AM

          Taxing and Spending in California – The Gann Limit’s Role in the State Budget

          10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
            Rob Gutierrez
            PresidentCalifornia Taxpayers Association
            Rob is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CalTax, responsible for managing the staff and overall direction of the association. Rob joined CalTax in 2009, and served as Director of State & Local Finance and Director of the California Tax Foundation, the nonprofit research organization founded by CalTax in 1980. Rob is a member of the Franchise Tax Board Advisory Board. He has completed extensive research on tax policy, including property taxes, how taxes and fees are applied under Proposition 26, and state spending priorities. He assisted in publishing the second edition of California’s Tax Machine: A History of Taxing and Spending in the Golden State. Rob holds a degree in political science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
            Jon Coupal
            PresidentHoward Jarvis Taxpayers Association
            Loren Kaye
            PresidentCalifornia Foundation for Commerce and Education

            Sessions on Jun 20, 2023

            10:00 AM

            Curb Appeal – An Update on Notable Property Tax Cases and the Appeals Process

            10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
              Peter Blocker
              VP of PolicyCalifornia Taxpayers Association
              Peter is the Vice President of Policy at CalTax. He has been with CalTax since 2011, first as a Policy Analyst and since 2015 as a registered lobbyist. In addition to representing CalTax in the Capitol, he analyzes legislation relating to tax policy, and manages special projects. He also provides research and writing for CalTax publications. Peter’s research and writing covers a broad spectrum of state tax policy, as well as government efficiency, elections and local tax issues. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego.
              Ruben Sislyan
              ShareholderGreenbergTraurig
              Gina Rodriquez
              Principal, Advocacy Services PracticeRyan, LLC
              Michael Lebeau
              PartnerBewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP

              Sessions on Jul 11, 2023

              10:00 AM

              Income Tax – News From the Franchise Tax Board

              10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
                Bart Baer
                Chief Tax CounselCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                Tim Gustafon
                PartnerEversheds Sutherland
                Kathy Freeman
                Managing DirectorDeloitte
                Carl Joseph
                PrincipalErnst & Young

                Sessions on Aug 08, 2023

                10:00 AM

                Sales Tax and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

                10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
                  Joan Armenta-Roberts
                  SUT Technical Tax ConsultantCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                  Joan joined CalTax in February 2020 as a Technical Tax Consultant with expertise helping taxpayers navigate California’s complicated sales and use tax laws. She has more than 25 years of sales and use tax experience, both in the private sector and through her work as a top advisor to State Board of Equalization Member Dean Andal, who chaired the BOE and successfully implemented reforms that promote efficiency and sound tax policy. Her extensive experience also includes more than 18 years with PwC and KPMG, two of the “Big Four” accounting firms, and most recently running her own sales tax consulting business.
                  Randy Ferris
                  Managing Director | Indirect Tax ServicesErnst & Young
                  Yoni Fix
                  Counsel - California State and Local TaxReed Smith

                  Sessions on Sep 12, 2023

                  10:00 AM

                  The Latest From the Office of Tax Appeals

                  10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
                    David Kline
                    VP of Communications and ResearchCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                    David was named Vice President of Communications and Research in January 2010, after serving since 2007 as Director of Communications. He fields media inquiries, oversees research projects and production of CalTax publications, and serves as editor of the CalTaxletter. From 1992 to 2004, he worked for the Metropolitan News Company, first as the Capitol bureau chief and later as editor of Senior Spectrum newspaper, which received several journalism awards during his five-year tenure. From 2004 to 2007, he was a principal consultant and chief speechwriter for the Assembly Minority Leader.
                    Derick Brannan
                    Managing DirectorPwC
                    Marty Dakessian
                    Managing PartnerDakessian Law, Ltd.
                    Amy Silverstein
                    Co-Founder and PartnerSilverstein & Pomerantz

                    Sessions on Oct 17, 2023

                    10:00 AM

                    Property Tax – A Field Report on Locally Assessed Properties

                    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
                      David Kline
                      VP of Communications and ResearchCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                      David was named Vice President of Communications and Research in January 2010, after serving since 2007 as Director of Communications. He fields media inquiries, oversees research projects and production of CalTax publications, and serves as editor of the CalTaxletter. From 1992 to 2004, he worked for the Metropolitan News Company, first as the Capitol bureau chief and later as editor of Senior Spectrum newspaper, which received several journalism awards during his five-year tenure. From 2004 to 2007, he was a principal consultant and chief speechwriter for the Assembly Minority Leader.
                      Joaquin Torres
                      AssessorSan Francisco City and County
                      Jordan Marks
                      San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County ClerkSan Diego County
                      Larry Stone
                      AssessorCounty of Santa Clara County

                      Sessions on Nov 07, 2023

                      10:00 AM

                      Local Taxes – Locals Get Creative as They Try to Increase Taxes

                      10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
                        Peter Blocker
                        VP of PolicyCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                        Peter is the Vice President of Policy at CalTax. He has been with CalTax since 2011, first as a Policy Analyst and since 2015 as a registered lobbyist. In addition to representing CalTax in the Capitol, he analyzes legislation relating to tax policy, and manages special projects. He also provides research and writing for CalTax publications. Peter’s research and writing covers a broad spectrum of state tax policy, as well as government efficiency, elections and local tax issues. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego.
                        Tobias Wolken
                        Legislative AideCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                        Mark Stefan
                        PartnerErnst & Young
                        Brad Marsh
                        Co-Managing Shareholder, Co-Chair, US State and Local Tax PracticeGreenberg Traurig, LLP

                        Sessions on Dec 05, 2023

                        10:00 AM

                        Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – A Year-End Update on the Battle Over the Two-Thirds Vote for Local Special Taxes

                        10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
                          Rob Gutierrez
                          PresidentCalifornia Taxpayers Association
                          Rob is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CalTax, responsible for managing the staff and overall direction of the association. Rob joined CalTax in 2009, and served as Director of State & Local Finance and Director of the California Tax Foundation, the nonprofit research organization founded by CalTax in 1980. Rob is a member of the Franchise Tax Board Advisory Board. He has completed extensive research on tax policy, including property taxes, how taxes and fees are applied under Proposition 26, and state spending priorities. He assisted in publishing the second edition of California’s Tax Machine: A History of Taxing and Spending in the Golden State. Rob holds a degree in political science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
                          Jon Coupal
                          PresidentHoward Jarvis Taxpayers Association
                          Greg Turner
                          FounderTurner Law – State and Local Tax Advocates
                          Kurt Oneto
                          PartnerNielsen Merksamer