KPMG'S Tax Governance Institute Webcast To Examine the 'Fiscal Cliff' and Business Tax Reform

Program to Feature Washington, D.C., Tax Lobbyists Ken Kies and Jon Talisman

Nov 29, 2012, 08:35 ET from KPMG LLP

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- KPMG's Tax Governance Institute (TGI) invites board members, CFOs and other interested parties to a live video webcast featuring insight and perspective from key Washington, D.C., insiders on what may result from negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" and business tax reform, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Hank Gutman, KPMG principal, director of the TGI and former chief of staff of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation, will moderate the webcast, which will include a panel discussion with high-profile Washington lobbyists Ken Kies and Jon Talisman. The panelists will explore both the possible outcomes of the negotiations over the fiscal cliff and the longer-term prospects for individual and business tax reform.

Board and audit committee members, CFOs, tax directors and other business professionals interested in attending the program,  titled "Gutman, Kies and Talisman Address the Fiscal Cliff and Tax Reform," can register by logging on to:

"As politicians debate how to avoid going over the 'fiscal cliff,' contain unsustainable budget deficits, reform the tax system, and cut spending, business leaders and individual taxpayers ponder what it all may mean for them," Gutman said. "Few people inside or outside of D.C. have a better vantage point than Ken Kies and Jon Talisman from which to tell what is and is not fiscally or politically possible."

  • Kies is managing director of the Federal Policy Group, and former co-managing partner of the Washington National Tax Services office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, chief of staff of the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation and Republican chief tax counsel to the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Talisman is founding partner of Capital Tax Partners and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Tax Policy in the Clinton Administration, Democratic chief tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, and legislation counsel of the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

"CFOs, audit committee members and other executives should find this webcast of special interest," Gutman added.

Part of the KPMG Institute Network (, the Tax Governance Institute ( provides opportunities for board members, corporate management, stakeholders, government representatives and others to share knowledge regarding the identification, oversight, management, and appropriate disclosure of tax risk. A summary of the Institute's recent insights on corporate tax reform can be found here.


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