2018 Taxes: Look Into the Cloudy Crystal Ball

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Join us on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a complimentary federal, state and local tax update, followed by cocktails (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – just in case thinking about taxes makes you thirsty. We’ll be in Aloft Wichita Northeast, a contemporary and art-filled new venue to enjoy. (CPE available)

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Presentation topic

Throughout a tumultuous year at the federal level, tax reform has been on the agenda. We’ll highlight possible reforms we might see and offer an overview of other key tax strategies that shouldn’t be overlooked. 2017 brought tax increases at the state level, especially for certain entity types. We’ll review those, plus sales and use tax management strategies, and a major shift in how some states may be determining whether you must file an income tax return.

Learning objectives

  • Outline potential key federal tax reforms.
  • Preview the upcoming tax year’s opportunities and challenges.
  • Discuss current Kansas sales and use tax issues, including major exemptions available to manufacturers and contractors.
  • Discuss economic nexus principles for sales and the potential elimination of the physical presence requirement.


Shawn Sullivan

Senior Vice President
Tax Services

Shawn serves as one of two primary leaders in the firm’s large tax group. He has extensive public and private experience in the fields of tax and accounting and works frequently with clients in the manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, real estate development and management, construction, and contractor industries. In addition to enhancing business performance to minimize tax consequences, he has experience in mergers and acquisitions and international tax and business structuring.

A certified public accountant, Shawn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and chairs the KSCPA Committee on Taxation.



Gerald Capps, JD

Senior Vice President
State and Local Tax

Jerry Capps and his State and Local Tax (SALT) team provide sophisticated state and local tax planning, strategic advice and advocacy to numerous mid-market, Fortune 100 and industry-leading companies. The team has returned many millions of dollars in one-time and recurring tax savings to companies.

In addition to planning and compliance, the SALT practice includes legislation and policy, litigation, and controversy matters involving income, franchise, sales and use and property taxes. His work involves critical questions on nexus, apportionment, the Multistate Tax Compact, and the equal protection, due process, and commerce clauses of the United States Constitution. Capps is also a respected advocate on issues of tax policy. He represents clients in all phases of state and local tax controversy, including audit assistance and administrative hearings, and he provides counsel on state and local income and transactional costs for mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. He has been engaged as a keynote speaker for organizations including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, state and local CPA societies, university and professional accounting conferences, and chambers of commerce.

Capps is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association.

CPE information*

Recommended for 1.5 hours of taxes (90-minute presentation including time for Q&A CPE based on 50-minutes for 1.0 hour).

*We will provide a CPE certificate recommending 1.5 hours, but state boards of accountancy have the final authority on acceptance of individual courses of CPE credit.

  • Program level: Basic
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced preparation: None
  • Delivery method: Live
  • Cost: Free

In Summary