Lawrence Summers announced as TCPI keynote speaker

The Tax Council Policy Institute (TCPI) has announced that Lawrence H. Summers, an expert on domestic economics and a leading authority on international finance, will deliver the keynote speech at its 9th Annual Tax Policy and Practice Symposium, scheduled for Feb. 20-21, at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

"Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices in America today on issues ranging from the global economy to education to the United States' role in the world," said Roger LeMaster, Executive Director of TCPI. "We are honored to announce him as keynote speaker for our upcoming symposium and look forward to hearing his insights on the forces shaping the increasingly competitive global marketplace."

During his long career in government and academia, Summers has served as secretary of the U.S. Treasury, chief economist of The World Bank and, most recently, president of Harvard University. His tenure as secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Bill Clinton, from 1999-2001, coincided with the longest period of sustained growth in U.S. history.

While at the Treasury Department, as secretary and in other senior positions, Summers was involved in every major economic policy decision of the Administration, including the fiscal policies that created budget surpluses and enabled a historic pay down of government debt, the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), China's World Trade Organization accession, and the response to the financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia.

At the end of his term at the U.S. Treasury, Summers was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the Treasury Department's highest honor.

TCPI's Symposium, "Future Shock? Impact of U.S. Fiscal Policy on Corporate Taxation in an Increasingly Global Marketplace," will bring together leading professionals and policymakers from government, industry, and academia in panel and discussion forums, to take an in-depth look at critical tax issues facing U.S. businesses today. The two-day symposium will examine both the near- and longer-term challenges facing Corporate America. Topics will include new groundbreaking policies, up-to-the-minute legislation, and alternatives for the future.

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the program manager for the 2008 event, which is targeted at CFOs, vice presidents of finance and tax, attorneys, accountants, and controllers from companies large and small. For more details about TCPI's 9th Annual Tax Policy & Practice Symposium, including registration and exhibitor information, please contact TCPI at 202-822-8062 or symposium@tcpi.org, or visit TCPI's Web site.

The Tax Council Policy Institute is a non-profit and non-partisan public policy research and educational organization. Its mission is to bring about a better understanding of significant tax polices that impact our national economy and businesses through careful study, thoughtful evaluation and open discussion. TCPI accomplishes its mission in various ways such as hosting the Annual Tax Policy and Practice Symposium in Washington, D.C., and sponsoring mini-symposia on important tax issues, which are largely conveyed over the Internet.

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