ARLINGTON, Va., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bloomberg BNA today announced the 2016 recipients for outstanding authorship in federal taxation and the recipient of the 2016 Leonard L. Silverstein Award for Distinguished Service in Tax. Howard Rothman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Fankel LLP was this year's recipient of the Silverstein Award, named after the founder of the Tax Management Portfolios, for his long standing contributions to the field of tax. The outstanding authors of the year were Carlos Gonzalez of BenefitsPuertoRico.com and Grace Kim and Racquel Saunders of Grant Thornton.
Carlos Gonzalez received the Federal Tax Portfolio Author of the Year award for his work on Tax Management Portfolio 324, International Pension Planning-Puerto Rico, about the legal rules, practices, and principles governing the establishment, qualification, operation, and termination of retirement plans in Puerto Rico and the taxation of retirement benefits from qualified and nonqualified plans and equity-based compensation arrangements. Grace Kim and Racquel Saunders were recognized as the 2016 Federal Tax Contributors of the year for their article "Redeeming a Partner with the Partnership's Note" which was featured in Tax Management Memorandum. Their insightful article provides a thoughtful review of the tax complexities of partner leaving a partnership.
"We are so pleased to recognize the tremendous contributions of these highly respected tax practitioners," said Lisa Fitzpatrick, Vice President and General Manager of Bloomberg BNA Tax & Accounting. "Howard, Carlos, Grace, and Racquel are esteemed federal tax professionals, and we are grateful for the practical insights they have shared with our subscribers. These authors exemplify the expertise of our global network of over 1,100 leading practitioners who enable us to offer unparalleled perspectives and in-depth guidance in all areas of taxation."
Silverstein Award recipient Howard Rothman is the chair of the Kramer Levin's Tax Department and a member of Kramer Levin's Executive Committee. He has experience in all aspects of planning for incorporated and unincorporated business entities, including the international, federal and state and local tax aspects of structuring mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate and real estate transactions, as well as personal planning for high net worth individuals, including gift and estate planning.
"I am deeply honored to have been chosen to receive Bloomberg BNA's Leonard Silverstein Award for Distinguished Service in Federal Tax Law," said Rothman. "It is very meaningful to me because the award is named after someone who has been my friend and role model for well over 30 years. I was grateful to have been presented the award by Leonard."
Carlos Gonzalez is the president of BenefitsPuertoRico.com. He has over twenty years' experience as a tax, employee benefits, and executive compensation attorney both in Puerto Rico and the United States, and was previously The Home Depot's in-house counsel for tax, benefits and compensation. Gonzalez has also served as an advisor to the United States Department of the Treasury and the IRS on its 2004 Puerto Rico Plans Initiative and has assisted Hacienda with the evaluation, drafting and enactment of the retirement plan sections of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011 (PRIRC).
"I am honored to receive the award for Outstanding Portfolio Author of the year," said Gonzalez. "While writing this Portfolio was a significant commitment and intellectually demanding, my association with Bloomberg BNA has proved to be rewarding and invaluable, playing an essential role in the success of my law practice."
Grace Kim is currently a Principal and Partnership Tax Practice Leader in the Washington National Tax Office at Grant Thornton. She has more than 25 years of experience in the area of partnership taxation, which includes IRS, law firm and accounting firm positions. Her diversified experience includes working on a broad range of structuring and operational issues in a variety of industries and areas. Racquel Saunders is an Experienced Manager, Partnership Taxation at Grant Thornton.
"It is a high honor to be published in Bloomberg BNA's publications and to receive this award," said Kim. I am immensely grateful to be part of Bloomberg BNA's distinguished group of practitioners, who share their knowledge and time with others, ultimately helping other practitioners to navigate through difficult and complex tax technical issues.
The awards were presented at Bloomberg BNA's reception on Thursday, May 11 at the American Bar Association Section on Taxation May Meeting in Washington, D.C. The authors' contributions are part of the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting research service, for which a free product trial is available at http://www.bna.com/taxandaccounting/.
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