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SOI Tax Stats - 2018 IRS-TPC Research Conference

8th Annual IRS-TPC Joint Research Conference on Tax Administration

The IRS partnered again with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center to host our 8th annual conference on tax administration. It was held at the Urban Institute on June 20, 2018.

The final papers will be posted on this site in early 2019 as part of the IRS Research Bulletin.

In the meantime, a video of the conference proceedings can be viewed at the TPC event page:

9:00 – 9:25  Opening Remarks


  • Eric Toder  (Co-Director, Tax Policy Center) and
  • Ben Herndon  (Chief Research and Analytics Officer, IRS)

9:30 – 11:00 Session 1: Factors That Contribute to Voluntary Compliance

  • Does Employer Withholding Affect Tax Compliance, and Why?
    • William Boning (University of Michigan)
  • Accountants are not tax advisors: Using random audit data to test the effect of certified accountancy on SME’s tax compliance in Denmark between 2008 and 2014
    • Johanne Søndergaard (Danish Customs and Tax Administration)
  • Compliance Spillovers Across Taxes:  Results from a Field Experiment
    • Carlos Scartascini and Andrea Lopez-Luzuriaga (Inter-American Development Bank)

11:10 – 12:40 Session 2: Behavioral Responses to IRS Interventions

  • Using Behavioral Insights in Notice Design to Improve Taxpayer Responses and Achieve Compliance Outcomes
    • Elena Anne Herlache, Jan Millard, and Alicia Miller (IRS, RAAS) and Michelle Theel (IRS, S&E PMO)
  • Strategies to Address Noncompliance in Refundable Tax Credits: Evidence on Taxpayer Responses to EITC Correspondence Audits and Experimental Outreach
    • John Guyton, Kara Leibel, Mark Payne, and Brenda Schafer (IRS, RAAS), Day Manoli (University of Texas-Austin), and Ankur Patel (U.S. Treasury)
  • Federal Tax Liens and Letters: Effectiveness of the Notice of Federal Tax Liens and Alternative IRS Letters on Individual Tax Debt Resolution
    • Ishani Roy, Brett Collins, Alex Turk, and Alan Plumley (IRS, RAAS) and Terry Ashley and Jeff Wilson (IRS, TAS)

1:00 – 1:30  Keynote Speaker

  • Eric Solomon (Co-Director of National Tax Services, Ernst &Young LLP)

1:30 – 3:00 Session 3: Complexity and Global Tax Administration

  • Taxing Hidden Wealth: The Consequences of U.S. Enforcement Initiatives on Evasive Foreign Accounts
    • Niels Johannesen (University of Copenhagen), Patrick Langetieg (IRS, RAAS), Daniel Reck (London School of Economics), and Max Risch and Joel Slemrod (University of Michigan)
  • Global Tax Administration Initiatives Addressing Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • Thomas Neubig (Tax Sage Network)
  • An Examination of Partnership Tax Return Complexity
    • Larry May and Lisa Rupert (IRS, RAAS), and Erin Towery (University of Georgia)

3:10 – 4:40 Session 4:  Future Directions in Tax Administration

  • Who is Minding the Nanny Tax?
    • Brian Erard (B. Erard & Associates)
  • Can IRS Move Paper Filers to Free Assisted Tax Preparation?
    • Brenda Schafer and Rizwan Javaid (IRS, RAAS), Jacob Goldin and Adam Isen (Department of the Treasury), and Tatiana Homonoff (New York University)
  • Creating a Fully Synthetic Individual Income Tax Return Data File and Validation Server
    • Leonard E. Burman, Surachai Khitatrakun and James R. Nunns (Tax Policy Center), and Sarah Armstrong and Alex Engler (University of Chicago)

4:40 – 4:50 Wrap-up

Barry Johnson (IRS, RAAS: Director, Statistics of Income)

For more information about IRS research conferences, including previous conference programs and papers, click on the links below:

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