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Tax Reform Town Hall With Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam
Americans spend 6.7 billion hours in consultation with over a million tax preparers filing more than 143 million tax returns every year. It takes that much effort because businesses and individuals have to make sense of a tax code that is now 3.8 million words long, and has been amended 5,000 over the last decade. Last year, the IRS’s instructions to complete form 1040 were 214 pages long, more than double the size from the year 2000. Fortunately, bipartisan momentum for a major overhaul of the federal tax code is building in Washington.
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is providing you with an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions with a key leader in the effort, Chief Deputy Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives Peter Roskam. In addition to his leadership position as the Chief Deputy Whip, Roskam serves on the Ways & Means Committee, the prestigious committee responsible for writing and amending the tax code.
On Wednesday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Cress Creek Country Club, the Chamber is hosting a special legislative luncheon with Rep. Roskam, Caroline L. Harris, chief tax counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Christina Immelman, CPA and Partner at Sikich in Naperville. The panel will offer introductory remarks on the status of reform, and then Chamber president & CEO, Mike Evans will lead a moderated question and answer session with attendees.
Your elected leaders want to hear directly from the business community on the path forward for tax reform. Whether you are an accountant, tax preparer or business owner, you are directly affected by the outcome of this effort. Attend this informative luncheon and have a say in the process.
Chamber members with expertise, such as accounting firms, are welcomed and encouraged to bring clients to this event. Members wishing to reserve a table or bring multiple guests should contact Lisa Spaeth at 630-544-3364.
NOTE: We ask that guests arrive promptly by 11:30 so that lunch can be served and the program started on time.
About Rep. Peter Roskam: Born and raised in the district he serves, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam is now in his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. According to the Washington Post, Roskam “serves as a calming, drama-free influence” on Capitol Hill, and is regularly praised for his ability to distill complex national issues to their core.
Roskam graduated from the University of Illinois before spending his early career in the office of his mentor, legendary Congressman Henry Hyde. He later earned his J.D. from Kent College of Law. Roskam has represented Chicago's western suburbs in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate, where he served alongside then State-Senator Barack Obama.
Often referred to as the House Republicans’ “listener-in-Chief,” Roskam uses his roles in leadership and on the Ways and Means committee to fight for fiscal responsibility and common sense tax initiatives; he is a co-author of the Pledge to America and played an active role in securing a landslide House majority in 2010.
About Caroline L. Harris: Harris is the chief tax counsel and executive director of tax policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she directs the development, promotion and publication of the Chamber’s policy on tax-related matters. Appearing before Congress and regulatory agencies in person, through written testimony and meetings on the Hill, Harris is lauded for her expertise and ability to analyze tax issues for the wide variety of industries that are members of the Chamber.
Harris received her Master of Laws in Taxation with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law, and B.A. in economics form the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About Christina Immelman: Christina Immelman, CPA, has more than 28 years of experience as a service provider and a corporate tax executive.Chris specializes in providing federal tax consulting to companies of various sizes and industries.Her specialty areas include mergers and acquisitions, financial products and structures, capitalization policies and tax advantaged transactions.
Before joining Sikich, Chris was a partner with a Big 4 and an international accounting firm. At the firm, she served on the Great Lakes Leadership Advisory Group which set direction, policy and procedures for the region. Chris also served as Director of Corporate Tax for a $1 trillion financial service company where she had several responsibilities including evaluating tax and compliance risk areas and managing the tax team.
While practicing in South Africa, Chris was appointed specialist advisor on structured finance to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Rapid Depreciation of the Rand and Related Matters, advisor to the Curator of a failed South African bank and expert investigator by the Commission of Inquiry into a failed South African bank, and provided expert testimony at the formal hearings. Chris was also a special consultant to the South African Revenue Service.