August 07, 2009


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — J. Richard Harvey Jr. will give the talk, "Closing the Tax Gap: An Insider's View of U.S. Tax Policy and Administration at a Time of Trillion Dollar Deficits," on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by Bucknell's School of Management and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

"It is an honor to have such a high-ranking IRS official speak at Bucknell," said Stephen Willits, associate professor of management at Bucknell. "The topic of tax policy is extremely timely as the Obama administration strives to make crucial policy decisions in the face of increasing budget deficits and an unstable economy. We are really looking forward to hearing Mr. Harvey's insights."

Tax expert
Harvey was appointed senior adviser to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner last year. He had served as the Distinguished Clinical Professor of Accounting and Executive-in-Residence at Bucknell before assuming this position.

As senior adviser, Harvey works closely with the IRS chief counsel's office, various IRS business units, the Treasury Department Office of Tax Policy and various congressional staff to provide guidance and assistance on matters of policy and tax administration.

Harvey joined the IRS upon retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a managing partner and the U.S. banking and capital markets tax leader. His career with PricewaterhouseCoopers included service in the firm's Washington National Tax Office and in New York City as a tax partner focusing on financial institutions.

In 1986, he joined the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy where he drafted legislation and regulations and did extensive work on the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

A 1977 graduate of Bucknell, Harvey holds a master's degree in international economics and finance from the University of York in the United Kingdom. A nationally recognized expert in financial services tax issues, he has extensive experience in financial accounting for income taxes including both Financial Account Standards Board rules and International Financial Reporting Standards.

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