SOI Tax Stats - 2019 IRS-TPC Research Conference

  • 9th Annual IRS-TPC Joint Research Conference on Tax Administration

Urban Institute, 500 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024   •  June 20, 2019


The Internal Revenue Service and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center plan to co-sponsor their 9th annual tax administration research conference on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Urban Institute’s new location in Washington, D.C.  Please see the draft program below.

Registration for non-IRS attendees will be handled by the Tax Policy Center (TPC).  However, the conference will be streamed live from the TPC conference event web page, so anyone can participate online without registering.

Additional materials and information will be posted here as we get closer to the conference.

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

Thank you for your interest in our conference and in advancing tax administration research.


9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Opening
Welcome Eric Toder  (Codirector, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center) and
Barry Johnson  (Director, Statistics of Income, IRS, RAAS)
Charles Rettig  (IRS Commissioner)


9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Session 1: Estimating the Effects of Tax Administration on Compliance
  • Estimating the Specific Indirect Effect for Multiple Types of Correspondence Audits
    Ben Howard, Lucia Lykke, and Leigh Nicholl (MITRE Corporation), and Alan Plumley (IRS, RAAS)
  • Enforcement vs. Outreach - Impacts on Tax Filing Compliance
    Anne Herlache, Stacy Orlett, Rizwan Javaid, Ishani Roy and Alex Turk (IRS, RAAS)
  • Assessing the Impact of Exchange of Information
    Pierce O’Reilly (OECD)
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session 2: The Influence of External Factors on Compliance
  • Recent Changes in the Paid Return Preparer Industry and EITC Compliance
    Emily Y. Lin (U.S. Treasury, Office of Tax Analysis)
  • Taxpayer Responses to Third-party Income Reporting: Evidence from Spatial Variation across the U.S.
    Bibek Adhikari and Timothy F. Harris (Illinois State University), and James Alm (Tulane University)
  • Effect of Recent Reductions in the Internal Revenue Service’s Appropriations on Revenues
    Janet Holtzblatt (Tax Policy Center) and Jamie McGuire (Joint Committee on Taxation)
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
  Richard Rubin (U.S. tax policy reporter for The Wall Street Journal)
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Session 3: Improving the Digital Taxpayer Experience
  • Online Account User Testing
    Heather Gay (Mediabarn Inc.)
  • Usability of Biometric Authentication Methods for Citizens with Disabilities
    Becca Scollan and Ronna ten Brink (MITRE Corporation)
  • Customer Experience Research Leads to Better Design and Increased Adoption
    Nikki Kerber, Kristen Papa, and Jake Sauser (Booz Allen Hamilton)
3:10 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Session 4:  Understanding the Drivers of Taxpayer Behavior
  • Underpayment of Estimated Tax: Understanding the Penalized Taxpayer Population
    Janet Li
    , Brett Collins, Alex Turk, Alicia Miller, Victoria Bryant, and Stacy Orlett (IRS, RAAS)
  • The Effect of Audit Burden on Subsequent Tax Evasion
    Amy Hageman (Kansas State University), Ethan LaMothe (University of South Carolina), and Mary Marshall (Louisiana Tech University)
  • Using a Graph Database to Analyze the IRS Databank
    Ririko Horvath and Rahul Tikekar (IRS, RAAS)

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