state and national speakers to the 2011
Tax360° State and Federal Tax Forum
on November 8 and 9, resulting in a
comprehensive, in-depth look at state
and federal taxation from every angle.
such as Department of Revenue
Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin
Sullivan, making his first presentation
to a CSCPA conference as commis-
sioner. "Is There Tax Policy?" coupled
humor with a glimpse of the inner work-
ings of state government.
been a surrogate for larger issues of
politics, economics, and power" tran-
scends Connecticut and is widely and
unfortunately applicable at both the
local and federal levels.
active strategic business planning for a
lean (not mean!) DRS, revenue model-
ing and policy advocacy, advance-
ments in electronic filing, payments,
and refunds as well as tax gap-driven
programs, collection scoring, and virtu-
need to begin to look at their work from
the perspective of the Connecticut tax-
payer and practitioner (an outside-
"purposes, programs, and projects ...
not just processing."
ments such as "great insight; thorough-
ly enjoyed his presentation," "I liked
hearing his perspectives on the DRS
and policy," and "good speaker; inter-
esting concepts on change."
Lim Rogers, Ph.D., chief economist
with the Concord Coalition. The
Concord Coalition is an advocacy
pline, including strict pay-as-you-go
rules on tax cuts and spending.
that on average for the 30 years
between 1980 and 2010, the federal
government spent at a rate of 21 per-
cent of GDP and collected revenue at a
rate of 18.3 percent of GDP. The only
years when inflows exceeded outflows
were from 1997 to 2001.
gap, as bad as it is, only tells a small
part of the story because it is a cash
flow calculation. It doesn't take into
account all of the costs that are
Rogers of the Concord Coalition.