The National Taxpayer Advocate Hosts Inaugural Conversation Series with International Tax Researchers

February 7, 2018

National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, recently commenced a series of tax administration conversations she is conducting with panels of experts across various disciplines where they discuss relevant issues impacting and influencing tax governance. The first National Taxpayer Advocate Conversation panel discussion "An International Ethnographic Perspective on Tax Administration and Tax Compliance" was held on Dec. 1, 2017 at the Internal Revenue Service Headquarter offices in Washington, D.C.

The discussion included five international tax researchers who each shared their approach to tax research and their work experiences with tax administration and tax compliance. Their collective research works illustrate engaging ethnographically with various stakeholders in the international tax arena. During the roundtable discussion, panel members facilitated questions from IRS personnel attending the event and examined ideas on tax-compliance research, tax literacy, and rules of engagement.

NTA Conversations Series Panel Discussion Members December 2017

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson stands center and is joined by Emer Mulligan, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway (far left), and Lotta Björklund Larsen, Ph.D. Research Fellow, Linköping University, Sweden, also to her left; standing to the right of The NTA is Kiran Aziz, Norwegian Business School, Norway, Benedicte Brøgger, Ph.D. Professor, Norwegian Business School, Norway and Johanna Mugler, Dr. des., Universität Bern, Switzerland.

Watch the video of the recorded event: An International Ethnographic Perspective on Tax Administration and Tax Compliance.

The Advocate plans to conduct future NTA Conversation events throughout the upcoming year and will share video sessions online with the public.