Keynote Speakers

Sunita Lough
Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:10 AM

Courses: 1011

Email_JamesBourkeProfile.jpgTo kick-off our ATS 2020 opening day program, Keynote Speaker and longtime IRS veteran, Deputy Commissioner Sunita Lough, will be sharing how the IRS is handling Services and Enforcement with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting people up to speed who are working from home, and how the IRS is collaborating with the practitioner community. She will cover issues such as the mail backlog, CAF (Power of Attorney Form 2848), and COVID-19 related legislation—including economic impact payments, employment tax, the Family and Medical Leave Act, NOLs (Net Operating Losses), tax deferrals, and recovery payments, among other topics.

She will also be giving our audience a preview of the IRS’s strategic priorities for 2021. Ms. Lough has been serving as Deputy Commissioner for a little over a year. There will be an opportunity to ask her questions during the presentation. We thank her in advance and look forward to hearing her at 10AM ET on November 10, 2020.

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James C. Bourke
Friday, November 13 @ 10:20 AM

Courses: 2011

Email_JamesBourkeProfile.jpgJames C. Bourke, CPA, CITP, CFF, CGMA is a Partner, Member of the Board of Directors and Management Committee at WithumSmith+Brown, is Director of Firm Technology and Managing Director of Advisory Services. Jim has been a frequent speaker around the globe to many Accounting Societies and International Accounting and Trade Associations, the AICPA, CIMA, State Societies of CPAs, Industry Technology Organizations, Incubators, Accelerators and others on topics specifically related to various accounting, technology, practice management and advisory services topics.

In Jim’s role as Managing Director of Advisory Services, Jim heads-up the Firm’s SOC, cloud solutions, business advisory, BPO, cybersecurity, data analytics, info-security and transactional services initiatives for the firm.

He is Past President for the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and past Board and Council Member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Jim has been continually named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in the Accounting profession and has been named by The CPA Technology Advisor as a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting Technology year after year.

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Scott Peterson
Wednesday, November 18 @ 10:20 AM

Courses: 3011

Email_Web_ScottPeterson.jpgScott Peterson, Vice President of U.S. Tax Policy and Government Relations, at Avalara—a Seattle-based tax compliance software company that helps to manage the complexity of sales tax nexus—will be a Keynote Speaker at this year’s NCCPAP Accounting & Tax Symposium (ATS 2020), taking place on November 10, 13, 18, and 19. Mr. Peterson, who has particular expertise in tax law relative to ‘Wayfair’, will speak from the perspective of CPAs and how they can best service their business clients.

Mr. Peterson comments, “As a result of the United States Supreme Court South Dakota v. Wayfair decision, we now live in a world where businesses are no longer in charge of what they have to know relative to how and where their products are sold; today, it’s the customer that drives this. As a consequence, no business can possibly know all of the tax intricacies of every state. The responsibility for that knowledge falls to the CPA who handles that business as a client.” He continues, “Furthermore, there’s very little national education out there on state sales taxes. That’s why comradery and collaboration among CPAs, especially in a collegial organization like NCCPAP, is a great approach to compliance.”

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