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How Are States Responding to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?


Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington D.C. 20037

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Admission: Free

Event Type: Conferences

Sponsored By: Murphy Institute , Center for Public Policy Research

Additional Sponsors:
Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, American Tax Policy Institute, and Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee



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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) dramatically cut corporate tax rates, significantly changed individual income tax calculations, and curtailed numerous deductions and allowances. These federal changes also had a significant but varied effect on state corporate and individual income tax systems and taxpayers, but those effects depended on how states responded to the new federal tax law.

The Murphy Institute, along with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, American Tax Policy Institute, and Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, will host a conference to examine state responses one year after passage of the TCJA. Topics will include conformity of state and federal individual and business tax bases, international business as a source of state revenue, and state workarounds to the TCJA’s limit on the deduction for state and local income taxes.

Those who can't attend in person can watch via a live webcast on the Tax Policy Center website.


Federal-State Tax Conformity after the TCJA

  • John Hicks, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers 
  • Leila Kleats, Chief Economist, Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting 
  • Carley Roberts, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Richard Auxier, Research Associate, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (moderator)

The Aftermath of Blue State Resistance to TCJA

  • Kim Rueben, Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Leslie Samuels, Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Kirk Stark, Barrall Family Professor of Tax and Law Policy, UCLA School of Law
  • Mark Yopp, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Steven Sheffrin, Executive Director, Murphy Institute, Tulane University (moderator)

Lunch Speaker

  • Tiffany Smith, Chief Tax Counsel, Minority Staff, Senate Finance Committee

State Responses to TCJA’s International Provisions

  • Helen Hecht, General Counsel, Multistate Tax Commission
  • Shirley Sicilian, National Director of State and Local Tax Controversy, KPMG
  • Diann Smith, Counsel, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Richard Pomp, Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law  (moderator)

Perspectives of State Tax Administrations and Multistate Businesses on Post-TCJA State Taxation

  • Loren Chumley, State and Local Tax Principal, KPMG
  • Bruce Fort, Counsel, Multistate Tax Commission
  • Fitzroy Lee, Chief Economist, District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • LeAnn Luna, Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Donald Bruce, Douglas and Brenda Horne Professor of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (moderator)

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The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.