2019 Georgia Tax Forum - Atlanta - Thursday-Friday (13065)

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Friday, November 8, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

Georgia’s leading taxation event brings you up-to-date on changing tax legislation and critical issues impacting you and your clients. Participate in guided discussions you need to survive the upcoming tax season, as well as insight and experience from fellow peers to help you determine the best route in advising your clients.

Live Stream Attendance Option: LS13065
The Tax Forum Atlanta also offers attendance through Live Stream. You can attend remotely, in real time, while saving on travel expenses. Click here to register for the Live Stream option.

Alternate Attendance Options

Thursday Only - Event 13067
Thursday Only In-Person  |  Thursday Only Live Stream

Friday Only - Event 13068
Friday Only In-Person  |  Friday Only Live Stream


Event Status: CLOSED – Please contact the CPE Department at 404-231-8676, Opt. 3 or 800-330-8889, Opt. 3 for additional assistance.

Event ID: #13065

CPE: 16.5 credits

Total Price: $500.00

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Industry leaders provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to survive the upcoming tax season.  

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

7:15 am-8:00 am
Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-9:45 am
A - Current Developments Affecting Individuals Credits: 2.0 GN

John W. Hackney, CPA
Partner / Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry , Atlanta, GA

Review various newly enacted income tax provisions of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) affecting individuals. Topics are to be determined depending on the most recent developments incurred up to the date of the conference.

9:45 am-10:00am

B - Current Developments Affecting Businesses Credits: 2.0 GN

John W. Hackney, CPA
Partner / Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry , Atlanta, GA

Review various newly enacted income tax provisions of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) affecting businesses. Topics are to be determined depending on the most recent developments incurred up to the date of the conference.


12:40pm-2:20 pm
C - What You Should Know About Estate Planning: For Your Clients and Yourself Credits: 2.0 GN

Richard C. Litwin
The Litwin Law Firm, P.C. , Atlanta, GA

States, governments, and practitioners have spent the past 12 months grappling with the Wayfair decision. Cover important issues pervading the SALT world over the past year, including the Wayfair decision and virtual presence as a replacement for physical presence; pass-through entities that allow nonresident members/partners to sign a Georgia Form NRW-Exemption; partial Georgia state income tax refunds that trigger the statute of limitation for seeking refund of amount not refunded; and state enforcement action against exotic car purchasers who use Montana LLCs to avoid Georgia’s title ad valorem tax fee. Also, discuss Georgia nonprofit organizations’ obligations to collect sales tax at galas and silent auctions; strategies and pitfalls for dealing with the City of Atlanta Business Occupation Tax; the effect on state residency cases of county’s effort to revoke homestead exemptions; and the rise of state civil and criminal tax fraud.

2:20 pm-2:30 pm

2:30 pm-4:10 pm
D - Estate Planning Update Credits: 2.0 GN

Wade A. Schueneman, J.D., LL.M
Fortson, Bentley & Griffin , Athens, GA

Receive an introduction to the most common goals addressed in an estate plan (including control, asset protection, estate, and income tax minimization and access to means-tested benefits) and will explore various strategies to achieve those goals, in particular IRC Section 1014, the Subpart E grantor trust rules, as well as recent changes in the federal estate tax laws and in the Georgia Trust Code.

Friday, November 8, 2019

7:15 am-8:00 am
Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:00 pm-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-9:45 am
E - New Section 199A: Where are We Now? Credits: 2.0 GN

Ronald A. Levitt, JD, LL.M, LL.M.T.
Sirote & Permutt, PC , Birmingham, AL

Two of the most significant changes made to the Internal Revenue Code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) are the new deduction available to certain pass-through entities and sole proprietorships under Section 199A, as well as the reduction of the tax rate applicable to “C” corporations to a flat 21 percent. Examine the new deduction under Section 199A available to many pass-through entities and sole proprietorships, including the many new terms used in Section 199A, as well as its application to both qualified trades or businesses and specified service trades or businesses. Also discuss the recently promulgated (January 18, 2019) Final Regulations under new Section 199A, how the Final Regulations differ from the Proposed Regulations that were previously issued August 16, 2018, and the open issues that remain following the issuance of the Final Regulations. Finally, briefly address the effect of Section 199A, as well as the reduction in the corporate tax rate to a flat 21 percent, could have on choice of entity decisions.

9:45 am-9:55 am

9:55 am-11:10am
F - Opportunity Zones and the Real Estate Sector, Corporate Taxpayers, and High Net Worth Individuals Credits: 1.5 GN

Eileen O'Neill, CPA, J.D.
Senior Manager - Indirect Tax / Ernst & Young LLP , Atlanta, GA

Michael Bernier, CPA
Ernst & Young LLP , Boston, MA

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS designated Opportunity Zones (O-Zones) in 18 states, including 260 census tracts in the State of Georgia. O-Zones are an economic development tool designed to spur economic development and job growth in distressed communities. They provide tremendous tax benefits for investors and developers of real estate; taxpayers recognizing significant capital gains need to be aware of these benefits. Explore the techniques available to structure these investments and capture the tax benefits.



G1- Flow Thru Entity Credits: 1.0 GN

Lindsey M. Cohen, CPA
Tax Director / PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP , Atlanta, GA

Discuss various aspects of partnership formation and operation. Topics covered will include the importance of the partnership agreement, comparison of ownership through a partnership to other entities, discussion on determining a partner's interest in the partnership, and establishing and maintaining Sec. 704(b) and tax capital accounts. Also, examine revaluation events and understanding the difference between book allocations under 704(b) allocations and tax allocations.

G2- Risk Management Fundamentals: Lessons Learned From 33+ Years Defending CPAs (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Duncan Will
CAMICO Mutual Insurance Co , San Mateo, CA

Practical guidance and heightened awareness will help CPAs avoid a variety of standard, evolving, and often overlooked dangers. Learn to embrace risk management practices developed to reduce the likelihood of being sued while satisfying client expectations and increasing firm profitability. Discuss defensive documentation methodologies, address new and select professional standards that surprise experienced practitioners, and highlight ethical issues and dilemmas that trip up CPAs who don’t recognize impending threats.

Lunch & H - Top 10 Things You Should Be Telling Your Clients (12:20pm - 1:10pm) Credits: 1.0 GN

Anson Asbury, J.D., LL.M.
Asbury Law Firm , Decatur, GA

Ethan J. Vernon, J.D., MTX
Asbury Law Firm , Decatur, GA

Casey Kasem brought you the weekly top 40. Now, Anson Asbury, J.D., LL.M. and Ethan Vernon J.D., MTX will count down the top ten hits for your tax clients, including chart-toppers like "My Withholding Is a-Changin'," "Help! My Partnership Is Under Audit," and "The Substantial Authority Song."

I1 - Basis Calculation, Exit Strategies, Special Allocations Credits: 1.5 GN

Lindsey M. Cohen, CPA
Tax Director / PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP , Atlanta, GA

Discuss the calculation of basis in a partnership interest, including a comparison of purchasing a partnership interest in contributing cash or property. Discussion on the Sec. 754 election, including the impact to a buyer and other partners; special allocations under the partnership agreement and their permissibility under Sec. 704(b); comparison of exit strategies including redemptions, sales of interest, impact to the remaining partners, and sale or redemptions paid over multiple years.

I2- Taxes and Divorce: Let the Fun Begin! Credits: 1.5 GN

Sherri Lynn S. Holder, CPA, CVA, ABV,
Principal / The Holder Group, LLC , Marietta, GA

Kynna D. Garner
Portnoy, Garner & Nail, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Examine how the new tax law has impacted divorce settlements, tax consequences under consideration in divorce settlements, and whether to acknowledge the tax consequences of the future liquidation of assets at the time of divorce.

2:30 pm-2:40pm


J - Georgia Department of Revenue State Tax Update Credits: 1.5 GN

Commissioner David M. Curry
Georgia Department Of Revenue , Atlanta, GA

Meet the new Commissioner and receive a legislative update from the Georgia General Assembly’s most current legislative session as it relates to recent changes. The Commissioner will be present for questions and answers following his remarks.

Conference Materials


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Conference Site

GSCPA Learning Center
6 Concourse Pkwy Ste 800
Atlanta, GA 30328



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Late Registration

$540 GSCPA Members, $640 Non-Members (after 11/5/2019)