Monday, October 29, 2012

Tax conference kicks off in Providence

An international conference on taxation kicked off in Providence this morning. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is serving as host.

The Federation of Tax Administrators' Motor Fuel Tax Section is holding its annual meeting at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, opposite the State House.

The meeting's main focus is excise tax on gasoline, diesel, and other motor fuels. The conference has drawn about 130 tax officials and representatives from industry -- including the fuel, software, and accounting industries. Representatives from Canada and Argentina are taking part.

Registration and certain meetings were held over the weekend, but the official kickoff took place this morning -- despite the hurricane -- and included a welcoming speech by Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan. The conference is scheduled to run through Wednesday. Marc Levasseur, principal revenue agent at the Rhode Island Division of Taxation's Excise Tax section, led the efforts to plan and organize the event, according to Donald Englert, the section's chief.

David M. Sullivan