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KPMG’s Harley T. Duncan to Speak at Knowledge Congress’ Live Webcast on Practical Solutions to The State Budget Crisis in 2010

New York, NY, January 04, 2010 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that Harley T. Duncan, Managing Director, Washington National Tax, KPMG LLP, will speak at The Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webcast entitled: “Practical Solutions to The State Budget Crisis in 2010”. This two-hour event is scheduled on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. (For further details of the event, please visit:

Event Synopsis

As a result of the economic crisis, State Budget Officers are grappling with very tough conditions. Tax revenue is down, unemployment is up, and there’s a commercial real-estate bubble that is just about to burst. In an effort to close budget gaps in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars, many states have taken dramatic actions including issuing IOUs, cutting services, mandating unpaid furloughs, instituting hiring freezes, raising healthcare co-pays, asking for voluntary givebacks, and much more. Many governors have been quoted as saying that nothing is off limits in terms of what can be cut.

This live webcast aims to help State Budget Officers, finance, legal professionals, analysts, economists and industry participants by offering practical guidance in critical areas concerning the budget crisis. During this live two hour webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and experts will conduct an end-to-end discussion on the most critical issues including:

- Comparing and contrasting the various state “Recovery Plans”
- How to make the most of reduced resources
- Fewer staff to share the load
- Less money to fund services
- Making budget cuts in areas with the least possible impact on services
- How to work strategically with local governments
- Accounting considerations
- Policy and legal strategy
- Up-to-the-minute regulatory updates

Upon conclusion of the prepared material, the audience will be invited to participate in a live question and answer session, where they can interact directly with the distinguished panel of experts.

There’s no question about it: 2010 is going to be a challenging year for most, and everyone agrees that the time to act is now. Practical Solutions to The State Budget Crisis in 2010 Live Webcast will help you understand and manage the critical issues surrounding your state’s budget crisis. Join this webcast and the expertise gained will help you become a keys person in your state’s financial recovery efforts. Advanced registration is recommended as space for this course is limited.

About Harley T. Duncan

Mr. Duncan's practice focuses on assisting clients in working with state tax agencies. He works with the firm’s resource network to strengthen relationships with state tax agencies and assists in keeping clients and firm members abreast of current developments. Prior to moving to KPMG in July 2008, Mr. Duncan spent the earlier 20 years as Executive Director of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the association representing the principal state revenue collection agencies in each of the 50 states, D.C., and New York City. He also served five years as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the Kansas Division of the Budget. He has held positions with the South Dakota state government, the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and the National Governors' Association. Mr. Duncan received the New York University’s Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation Award in December 2006 and was awarded the IRS Commissioner’s Award in June 2008. In the same year, he was cited as “The Most Influential Person on the Planet in State and Local Tax” by State Tax Notes.


KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International’s member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners, in 144 countries.

For more information on Harley T. Duncan, and KMPG LLP, please visit:

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress is a series of live webcasts produced by The Knowledge Group, LLC, which examine trends, regulatory, and technology changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcast that study the impact of changing regulations and help businesses succeed through proper regulatory compliance.” To contact or to register to an event, please visit:

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