Tax Law

Craig D. Bell, Interim Chair

            The Virginia State Bar’s Taxation Law Practice Section had approximately 700 members throughout the July 2016 – June 2017 fiscal year.

            This past fiscal year was a time of transition for the Tax Law Practice Section.  In an effort to increase activities and programs for the section, selection of a new Board of Governors began during the past year.  Craig Bell was appointed as the interim chair by the outgoing chair.  He was tasked with reconstituting and reinvigorating the Tax Law Section’s Board of Governors and its activities.

            During this fiscal year a great emphasis was made to identify and select new governors representing all areas of Virginia.  By conclusion of the fiscal year, six governor representatives from the Tidewater-Hampton Roads, central Virginia, and Western Virginia areas agreed to serve as new governors.  Two additional candidates are being sought from Northern Virginia.  When complete the new board of governors will be appointed to their terms of office.  The new governors will represent a diversified tax practice including in-house tax counsel, private tax practitioners from small, medium and large law firms, and a representative from a Low Income Tax Clinic.  The focus of section activities will be on both transactional tax matters, as well as federal, state and local tax controversy practice areas.

            During the past fiscal year the Tax Law Section served as co-sponsor of the William and Mary Law School Tax Conference.  The section had several of its members serve on the Program Committee for the Tax Conference and five of its members made presentations at the three day conference held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg on November 9-11, 2016.  Approximately 150 lawyers and accountants attended the tax conference.  The section also provided financial support for the program.

            The Tax Section also served as a co-sponsor of the University of Virginia Federal Tax Conference held in Charlottesville on June 8-9, 2017.  Again our section was active in planning the content for the conference as well as providing multiple speakers for the two day event.  The section also provided financial support for the program.  The program was well received, with approximately 135 attendees hosted at UVA’s Darden Graduate Business School. 

            Our plan is to formally stand up the new Board of Governors during the summer.  We want to hit the ground running this Fall.

Updated: Jul 21, 2017