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December 13, 2012
Tax Analysts Experts Available to Provide Nonpartisan Analysis of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Tax Analysts, the nonpartisan nonprofit that provides tax news and analyses, has experts available to speak about the impact of tax policy changes that may emerge from “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

The publisher of Tax Notes magazine and many other print and on-line publications, Tax Analysts works to encourage the development of tax systems that are fair, simple, and economically efficient. To that end, its experts are available to help media and the public better understand the impact of policy changes that may emerge from fiscal cliff negotiations, including: changes related to higher tax revenue and the potential for higher tax rates on upper income earners, approaches to the debt ceiling, cuts in entitlement programs, stimulus measures such as extending the payroll tax cut and federal emergency unemployment insurance, and the impact of fiscal cliff negotiations on state budgets and revenue. Experts available for comment include:

    • Martin A. Sullivan, Chief Economist -- Sullivan is chief economist for Tax Analysts’ daily and weekly publications and blog, and an expert on federal tax reform. The author of two books on tax reform, including the recent Corporate Tax Reform: Taxing Profits in the 21st Century, Sullivan previously served on the staff of the Treasury Department and Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation. He has testified before Congress multiple times on major tax issues and is frequently quoted by the media; recent mentions include The New York Times and and recent appearances include ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer, NPR's On Point, and CBS's 60 Minutes.
    • Christopher Bergin, President and Publisher -- Bergin is responsible for the overall operations, including strategic planning, of Tax Analysts. He has written extensively on federal tax issues and worked in tax publishing for almost 30 years, and he is frequently cited in national media as an authority on federal tax policy. Over the years, Bergin has been responsible for several Tax Analysts’ publications and blogs, including serving as editor of Tax Notes for eight years.
    • Lee Sheppard, Contributing Editor – Sheppard is one of the most widely read and respected tax commentators in the world. She has been a mainstay of Tax Analysts’ publications for 30 years. Trained as a lawyer, Sheppard specializes in cutting-edge financial issues and taxation of multinational corporations. She is frequently asked to speak on tax subjects. She has appeared on television shows such as 60 Minutes and Frontline, as well as in the documentary We’re Not Broke.
    • Joseph J. Thorndike, Director of the Tax History Project and Contributing Editor -- Thorndike, a historian, directs Tax Analysts' Tax History Project Web. He has written extensively on the history of federal taxes and is the author of several books including: Their Fair Share: Why Americans Tax the Rich. Thorndike has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and numerous academic publications. He was also interviewed on CBS's Sunday Morning, NPR, and Marketplace.
    • David Brunori, Executive Vice President of Editorial Operations -- Brunori writes “The Politics of State Taxation,” a column for State Tax Notes and is a regular contributor to the Tax Analysts’ blog. The author of several books and articles on state taxation, he is a research professor of public policy at The George Washington University, where he teaches state and local tax law and public finance.
    • Cara Griffith, Legal Editor – Griffith is a legal editor for State Tax Notes and author of the column “Practice Notes.” Griffith is an expert on state tax issues and policy. She has attended and reported on many federal and state court cases, congressional hearings, and tax conferences. With over 10 years experience in the industry, Griffith has been featured on C-SPAN and has written for publications including The Tax Advisor, The Hedge Fund Law Report, and The Hill.

While providing timely, accurate, and impartial information about taxes through its publications, Tax Analysts also fosters public discussion of tax issues as a resource to the media and through its high-level conference series in which key policymakers and experts debate tax issues in a public forum.

The next conference will take place on Friday, December 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., focused on issues related to “state fiscal cliffs” and their implication for state tax policy. Christopher Bergin will serve as moderator, and the esteemed panel of speakers will include: Donald J. Boyd, Co-Executive Director of the Task Force on the State Budget Crisis; Nicholas Johnson, Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Joseph Henchman, Vice President for Legal & State Projects, Tax Foundation; and Cara Griffith, Legal Editor, State Tax Notes.

Media Notes: For more information and to register or listen to the audio cast, please visit the event page or contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or
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