ITPF History and Leadership
Founded in 1992, the International Tax Policy Forum (ITPF) sponsors nonpartisan academic research and conferences to promote and informed dialogue on international tax issues. Currently, ITPF's membership includes more than 40 major, U.S.-based multinational companies.
John Samuels, Vice President and Senior Counsel for Tax Policy and Planning with General Electric Co., serves as Chairman of the Forum.
James Hines, Jr. is the Forum's research director.
Peter Merrill is the Staff Director and Pam Olson and Ed McClellan serve as consultants to the Forum. They are all based in the Washington National Tax Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Board of Academic Advisors
James R. Hines, Research Director
Mihir A. Desai
Research and Education Programs
To achieve its goal of facilitating an informed dialogue and policymaking process on international tax issues, the International Tax Policy Forum (ITPF) disseminates its independent research in a variety of ways.
The ITPF commissions and publishes papers by the nations leading academic experts. These include: Rosanne Altshuler (Rutgers University), Mihir A. Desai (Harvard Business School), James R. Hines, Jr. (University of Michigan), Glenn Hubbard (Columbia), Matthew J. Slaughter (Dartmouth), Douglas Shackelford (University of North Carolina), and many others. Topics examined by ITPF-commissioned papers have included:
- The effects of the interest allocation rules on the competitiveness of U.S. firms.
- The compliance costs of taxing foreign source income.
- The differences in effective tax rates faced by U.S. domestic companies and U.S.-based multinationals.
ITPF annually sponsors conferences featuring leading tax experts from academia, industry and government as speakers. Conferences sponsored by the ITPF have addressed such topics as:
- Competition vs. cooperation in global tax policy
- Tax systems and international trade
- Territorial income taxation
- Domestic effects of U.S. investment abroad
- Taxation of international investment, principles and policies
- National tax policy in an international economy
Information on upcoming ITPF conferences is available here.
In addition to full research papers and formal conferences, ITPF sponsors informal periodic meetings among academic experts, government experts and journalists who cover international tax issues. These informal briefings and discussions help promote a dialogue on these issues.
Members enjoy on-line access to research, meeting books, and contact information not available to non-members. For more information on how to join ITPF, please contact Allison Street