State and local tax statutes have not kept pace with the telecommunications industry.  The myriad taxes and charges on telecommunications were established for an industry that was legally, technologically, and structurally very different than it is today.  Many taxes remain targeted to a specific technology (e.g., telephone taxes or cable franchise fees), despite the blurring of distinctions between technologies that provide similar services (e.g., the telephone and Internet telephony).  The convergence of formerly distinct communications technologies renders the existing tax structure difficult to justify in terms of economic efficiency or equity.

 Join us in Wichita, KS as our own Brian Scully moderates and presents as a part of a panel at the:

The 39th Annual

Wichita Program


of Communications, Energy and Transportation Properties

 Tuesday July 29, 2009 at 10:30am

 Telecommunications: 21st Century Taxation for 21st Century Technology

Moderator: Brian Scully, Silver Oak Advisors LLC, Atlanta, GA

Panelists: Jay Fletcher, Washington Dept of Revenue, Olympia, WA; Rick Smith, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, ID; Doug Mo, Thomson Reuters, Oakland, CA; Brian Scully, Silver Oak Advisors LLC, Atlanta, GA

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