Sections & Committees

Tax Section

Welcome!

The Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. Among the resources available at this site is a comprehensive listing of links relevant to the Section, and the Section's Tax Reports. View the 2018 Annual Report of the Section dated January 15, 2018 here

Deborah L. Paul is the 2019 Chair of the (2,063) member Tax Section.  Debbie is a Tax Attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. 

We encourage you to get more involved with the section founded in 1949. The Executive Committee of the Tax Section is comprised of 4 Officers, at least 40 Co-Chairs of more than 20 separate tax committees, 9 At-Large Members, and 25 former Section Chairs. The Executive Committee oversees the activities of the tax committees. Any member of the Tax Section is eligible to join the tax committees. Please contact Cathy Teeter if you are interested or complete and mail in the Tax Section Membership and Committee Application Brochure.

The Tax Section engages in many activities, including testifying before Congress, holding semi-annual meetings and sponsoring Ad hoc conferences. Our primary function, however, is to comment on proposed legislation and proposed regulatory guidance at the federal, state and local levels. We usually do this in the form of written reports.

Although the Tax Section first began to prepare these reports shortly after its formation, it did not begin to number them until 1972. Since then, we have submitted over 1400 reports. To obtain a report pre-2000 please contact Cathy Teeter. Reports issued in 2000 to date are available on this website.

Most of our reports comment on proposed guidance or legislation related to corporate and partnership tax, international tax, the taxation of financial instruments, debt and equity securities, employee benefits, IRS regulation of tax lawyers, and state and local tax matters.

To maintain our high standards in the years ahead, we need you to become more involved in the Tax Section, to go beyond reading a few of our reports or attending a few of our conferences. Take the next step by joining one of our tax committees and seize the opportunity to participate in one of these working groups.

The Tax Section hosts events to provide tax lawyers who tend to be underrepresented at the senior levels of our profession the opportunity to meet with members of the Tax Section in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss career opportunities, what life as a tax partner at a law firm is really like or just to mingle. These events "Women in the Law" and "Under 10", for attorneys who graduated from law school less than 10 years ago, also include panel presentations not only on interesting tax issues, but on topics like alternative career paths for tax lawyers or how to attain greater stature within the tax bar and best practices with clients. The section won the Section Diversity Leader Award in the 2012 NYSBA Diversity Challenge and was a  Section Diversity Champion in 2013 for these efforts. Photos of the Diversity Award and the EC Committee at work are here

Mission Statement


Section Bylaws

Tax Section Reports

Executive Committee Roster


Master Index of NYSBA Tax Section Reports

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Bankruptcy and Losses
Compliance, Practice and Procedure
Consolidated Returns
Corporations
Cross Border Capital Markets
Cross-Border M & A
Debt-Financing and Securitizations
Estates and Trusts
Financial Instruments
"Inbound" U.S. Activities of Foreign Taxpayers
Individuals
Investment Funds
Multistate Taxation
New York City Taxes
New York State Taxes

"Outbound" Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers
Partnerships
Pass-Through Entities
Real Property
Reorganizations 
Spin Offs
Tax Exempt Entities
Taxable Acquisitions
Treaties and Intergovernmental Agreements

Other Committees:
Contact Cathy Teeter at cteeter@nysba.org or 518-487-5573 for more information if you are interested in joining the following Committees:

TAX Section Under Ten Club

The section sponsors a “tax club” for members of the Tax Section with less than ten years of legal experience. We call it “Under 10.” The purpose of Under 10 is to bring together lawyers from various law firms, allow them to get to know each other better and offer an environment for learning more about current tax issues. In addition, we hope that attendees will become involved in the Tax Section and in reports prepared by the Section. We anticipate that Under 10 will meet quarterly on specific topics. If you are interested in joining the Under 10 club please contact Cathy Teeter at cteeter@nysba.org or 518-487-5573.

 The Section has formalized its “Under 10” tax club for members of the Tax Section who graduated from law school less than 10 years ago. With organizational and financial support of the Tax Section, the club operates independently from the Tax Section through its own officers and meets four times per year.  The goal of the club is to serve as a source of professional development and networking for mid-level and senior associates.

See Under 10 bylaws here.