Tax professionals to have lunch with Joel Slemrod

Tax professionals to have lunch with Joel Slemrod

Tax professionals to have lunch with Joel Slemrod Lee Stace


A group of leading New Zealand tax professional will debate and discuss tax policy with respected American professor of economics and tax expert Joel Slemrod in Auckland next month.

It will happen at the Northern Club on 23 February as part of a luncheon organised by the Tax Policy Scholarship Committee (TPSC).

Mr Slemrod (pictured) – who will also meet with officials from IRD, Treasury, the ministers of finance and revenue as well as address business leaders, speak at Victoria University and the IFA Conference during his visit to New Zealand – is this year’s Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarships visiting lecturer.

He will discuss at the luncheon weird taxes of the past and how they provide lessons for tax policy today.

About Joel Slemrod

Mr Slemrod is the Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

He also serves as Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research and has co-authored the books Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes, Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know and Tax Systems.

Mr Slemrod received the National Tax Association’s most prestigious award, the Daniel M. Holland Medal, for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study and practice of public finance in 2012.

Last year he received the Atkinson Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Public Economics over the previous three years.

About the TPSC

The TPSC was established by Tax Management NZ and its founder director Ian Kuperus to encourage future tax policy leaders and support leading tax policy thinking in New Zealand.

The trust sponsors a leading international tax policy thinker to visit New Zealand to engage in debate and discussion, and a New Zealand tax professional to undertake research and study overseas.

Last year, it held a tax policy competition where entrants were encouraged to submit ideas which proposed a significant reform of the New Zealand tax system.

The Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department, Michael Keen, talked global tax policy issues with a select group of young tax professional in Wellington and Auckland two years ago.

Professor Alan Auerbach of the University of California, Berkeley was the first visiting lecturer in 2013, while the IRD’s Carolyn Palmer was the inaugural scholarship recipient.

More information about the TPSCT found here.