113th Annual Conference on Taxation, 2020

November 18 – 21, 2020 | Virtual Meeting


Conference Chair
William Gale, President, National Tax Association

Program Chairs
Diane Lim
Kirk Stark, UCLA School of Law

To help ensure the safety of all our attendees, the Annual NTA Conference will be online. Originally scheduled to be held in Denver, on Thursday November 19 to Saturday November 21, the conference will now be held via Zoom starting Wednesday, November 18 through Friday, November 20. The short course will be held on Saturday, November 21. The conference will start at 12:00 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday and 11:00 am Eastern Time on Thursday and Friday. Sessions will go until 5:00 pm Eastern Time each day, followed by receptions.

This year’s conference not only follows what is likely to be an historic national election, but also comes in the midst of a global pandemic and a long overdue reassessment of the role of race and racism in American society. All of these developments bring with them potentially significant implications for tax policy and public finance, and we are planning a conference centered on taking stock of this moment and what it means for our field.

More details about the schedule and registration will be forthcoming, but we wanted to make sure you know the conference will take place as usual, just online. Notifications for sessions will be going out in late July and participants will be asked to confirm their virtual participation shortly thereafter. Some of the scheduled highlights:

• Plenary sessions on “Tax and Fiscal Policy: After the Election, What’s Next?” and “Tax Policy and Racism”
• Keynote addresses by Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard, and Ivan Werning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• The Holland Medal Award session
• Numerous concurrent sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
• Graduate student “breakfast”
• A short course on Saturday taught by Florian Scheuer, University of Zurich, on “Taxation of the SuperRich”

In addition to the foregoing, we are working on ways to make creative use of the virtual format to maximize intellectual engagement over these three days in November. While this year’s conference won’t feature the usual in-person sessions and hallway chatter, plans are underway to reconfigure certain features of the conference (e.g., receptions, poster sessions) into an effective virtual format so that we can gather and exchange ideas at this important moment.

Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned!