Federal tax expert speaking at USU seminar

The former chief of staff for the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation will speak at a Partners In Business seminar set for Oct. 21. Harry “Hank” Gutman, who was the primary nonpartisan advisor to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees concerning the technical, economic and revenue aspects of tax legislation, will be a keynote speaker at the 33rd Annual Partners In Business Intermountain Accounting Seminar. The seminar is open to the public and will be held at the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University campus in Logan, Utah. The cost of the seminar is $185. More information about the seminar is available at the Web site (http://partners.usu.edu/). The Partners In Business program is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Gutman now heads the Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services (LRS) group at an organization called “Washington National Tax.” He is also the director of the KPMG Tax Governance Institute. He will be talking about “taxes in a world of economic uncertainty,” according to Rob Nelsen, the student seminar coordinator. “Mr. Gutman understands how changes in tax legislation can impact companies and has been sought out by major multinational corporations for his advice,” Nelsen said. Executive vice president and economist for Wells Fargo & Company, Kelly Matthews, will also be a keynote speaker. Matthews joined Wells Fargo as an economist in 2000 when First Security Corporation merged with Wells Fargo. He served as First Security’s chief economist for 27 years. He is now responsible for local, regional and national economic analysis and forecasting. He is also the Wells Fargo government affairs officer in Utah. He is expected to talk about Utah’s economy, how the federal stimulus packages are impacting the economy, and how unemployment in Utah compares to the rest of the nation, among other things, Nelsen said. Partners In Business holds a series of professional business seminars each year that feature such topics as accounting, marketing, leadership and several others. The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University seeks to inspire and equip students to become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of seven colleges at USU, located in the beautiful Wasatch Range of northern Utah. More information on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may be found at the Web site (www.huntsman.usu.edu).

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