Speaking Engagement

COST’s 53rd Annual Meeting

Council on State Taxation

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd
Orlando, FL

Blank Rome State + Local Tax partners Mitchell A. Newmark and Nicole L. Johnson and of counsel Eugene J. Gibilaro will serve as panelists at the Council on State Taxation’s (“COST”) 53rd Annual Meeting, which will be held October 24 through 27, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Blank Rome LLP is pleased to be a sponsor of the program. 

This program offers sessions for every state tax and government affairs professional with tax responsibilities. The Meeting has an extensive program covering all types of state and local taxes that business taxpayers are confronted with on a daily basis. The ever-popular audit sessions and state chamber of commerce roundtables are included, and other conference sessions provide updates on timely state and local tax (“SALT”) issues and insight regarding state tax trends and opportunities. CLE/CPE credit is available.


The Impact of OECD Global and Federal Income Tax Reforms on State Taxation
Tuesday, October 25, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Mitchell Newmark
This session will provide an overview of the key elements of the OECD/G20’s global tax reform that could radically transform the landscape of international income taxation, with significant implications for U.S. federal and state taxation. The panelists will discuss the similarities and differences between the OECD/G20’s Pillar One proposal and U.S. federal and state approaches to taxing digital income. The session will also discuss the similarities and differences between the OECD/G20’s Pillar Two proposal and U.S. federal and state approaches to taxing foreign source income. Finally, the panelists will analyze the very different outcomes in the United States, depending on whether the federal government conforms with Pillars One and Two, and how the federal Inflation Reduction Act affects that calculation.

State and Local Actions and Reactions to COVID-19
Tuesday, October 25, 2:20–3:10 p.m.
Eugene Gibilaro
Ever since COVID-19 hit, states have been taking actions to increase what was anticipated to be a severe decline in revenue and to deal with the remote workforce. The speakers in this session will provide planning ideas to minimize any unnecessary increase in tax burden, and will discuss the states’ conflicting positions on sourcing remote workers’ payroll and the taxation of that payroll, among other items.

How to Leash and Unleash the Benefits of Outside Counsel
Wednesday, October 26, 10:10–11:00 a.m.
Nicole Johnson
Tax Departments routinely struggle with the question of when to involve outside counsel in a tax dispute, and once involved, how to best leverage their involvement and protect communications. All these issues are magnified in this era of “outsourcing of functions” and “rebadging of employees.” The speakers in this session will cover the issues surrounding outside counsel both for in-house and outsourced tax departments. All of the parties have the same goal—resolution. Get the best advice on how to accomplish that.

To learn more and to register, please visit the event webpage.