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James Atkinson, of Counsel, Miller & Chevalier to Speak at KC’s Event on Understanding IRC Section 199 & IRS Audits on 09/29/08

New York, NY, July 06, 2008 --( The Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that James Atkinson, Of Counsel of Miller & Chevalier will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming teleconference entitled: “Understanding IRC Section 199 & IRS Audits”. This 2-hour event is scheduled for September 29, 2008, Monday, from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit:

Many companies have sought deductions under IRC Section 199. Recently, the IRS has been cracking down on these deductions. The impact of section 199 has become a top priority issue for many companies. New guidance and documentation procedures are now essential. The new rule can result in billions of dollars of savings for companies or reap significant penalties on companies not in compliance with the law.

The Knowledge Congress has assembled a panel of distinguished professionals and key regulators to provide guidance to organizations that will be primarily affected by this section. The speakers will present their expert opinions in a two-hour teleconference and webinar.

About James Atkinson

James L. Atkinson practices in the area of federal income taxation, with a focus on tax accounting issues. Mr. Atkinson has significant policy-level experience with federal tax administration. Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier in 2003, Mr. Atkinson held a number of senior leadership positions with the Internal Revenue Service’s National Office, including Assistant to the Commissioner and, most recently, Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax & Accounting). As Associate Chief Counsel, Mr. Atkinson was the senior executive in charge of a division of over one hundred attorneys, having responsibility for nearly all aspects of the IRS’s development and administration of a wide range of tax accounting issues, including accounting methods and periods; the determination, characterization, and timing of income and deductions; capitalization; inventory accounting; like-kind exchange transactions; and many other areas. He also has taught Federal Tax Accounting as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Atkinson’s recent publications include “Domestic Production Deduction Audits: Getting Started,” 116 Tax Notes 1037, (December 10, 2007); “The IRS Takes Aim at Gift Card Sales,” 116 Tax Notes 949, (September 10, 2007) (with Dwight Mersereau); “The Production Deduction Final Regulations: A Step Forward,” BNA Daily Tax Report No. 122, J-1 (June 26, 2006); “IRS Further Expands Capitalization Requirement for Environmental Cleanup Costs, “ BNA Daily Report for Executives, Vol. 05, No. 220, November 16, 2005 (with Dwight M. Mersereau); "Some Assembly Required: Treasury Provides First Round of Guidance on the Domestic Manufacturers’ Deduction," 57 Tax Executive 138 (March/April 2005); "The Final INDOPCO Regulations: A Primer," 56 Tax Executive 222 (May/June 2004).

He is a frequent speaker to such groups as the Tax Executives Institute, the Southern Federal Tax Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Bar Association, and others.

Mr. Atkinson received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the Honors College of the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

About Miller & Chevalier

Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a leading Washington, D.C. law firm with more than 90 attorneys who practice in the areas of international, tax, employee benefits and ERISA, litigation, fraud and white collar criminal defense, and government affairs.

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