Presiding over the conference was Robynn Wilson, Motor Fuel Tax Program Manager, Alaska Department of Revenue and the Motor Fuel Tax Section National Chair. Alan LeBovidge, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, welcomed the participants to Quincy, Massachusetts.
Session - Monday
Alan LeBovidge welcomed everyone to Massachusetts and gave advice on what the great state of Massachusetts had to offer. He commended everyone for their dedication to the administration of motor fuel taxes.
Linda Morris of the Federal Highway Administration, gave an update on the transportation bills currently before Congress.
Al Howard, Al Howard Consultants, gave an update of the ExSTARS system. The IRS is currently testing ExSTARS version 2/EDI 4030. The Data Perfection Team is continuously reviewing position holders, bulk carriers, terminal inventory balances, non-bulk shipments greater than 250 miles and comparison of terminal receipts and carrier deliveries.
Joe O’Gorman, state of New Jersey, and Patrick Balducci, Battelle, gave the update on the AASHTO National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is a study on the methodology for determining rates of state motor fuel tax evasion.
Lynn McElory, state of Florida gave an overview of Florida’s Gas Tax-Cut Holiday for one month. She outlined all the steps Florida went through to implement this holiday.
Charles Greenough, Project Manager, Canadian Fuel Tax Council, gave an overview of uniformity updates occurring in Canada. He also mentioned several projects that are on the go. Patricia Platt, Public Service Administrator II, Kansas Department of Revenue and Uniformity state Co-Chair, and Bill Gray, Excise Tax Manager, Sinclair Oil Corporation and Uniformity Industry Co-Chair, discussed uniformity updates for the U.S. and the accomplishments of each subcommittee for the past year. They also presented achievement certificates to South Carolina for working with industry to reach an agreeable compromise on reporting of prior period transactions; Michigan for working with the EDI review team in making significant changes in their proposed map to adopt uniform standards; and Cindy Anders-Robb for outstanding support to FTA motor fuel training courses. Patricia Platt presented Bill Gray with a certificate for his contribution to the Uniformity Committee as industry co-chair.
Sessions - Monday
Meetings - Monday
Session – Tuesday
Anne Price Warhola, Tax Council, American Petroleum Institute, gave an update on proposed federal bills and what the API members are concerned with.
Bill Gray, Excise Tax Manager, Sinclair Oil Corporation and Uniformity Industry Co-Chair, gave a presentation on “What States Do Right.”
Janet Lake, Administrator, Motor Fuels Tax, Nebraska Department of Revenue and Past National Chair of the FTA Motor Fuel Tax Section, gave a welcome and invitation to the 2005 Annual Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for September 25-28, 2005, at the Hilton Omaha Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska.
Peter Steffens, state of Florida and past chair of the Motor Fuel Tax Section, presented Dave Skinner–retiree from the state of Florida–the Robert E. Beck award.
Robynn Wilson, Motor Fuel Tax Program Manager, Alaska Department of Revenue and the Motor Fuel Tax Section National Chair concluded the general session with the National Chair’s report and the presentation of the National Chair Awards to Doreen Warren, state of Idaho, Robert Donnellan, Global Companies LLC., Jimmy Archer, state of Texas and Cindy Anders-Robb, Federation of Tax Administrators, for their dedication and contributions to the Motor Fuel Tax Section and Uniformity Project.
Sessions - Tuesday
and Resources for Motor Fuel Tax Administrators.
Giving the Money Back.
Business Meeting - Tuesday
The Nominations Committee nominated Christy Dixon of the Oklahoma Tax Commission for 2005 Motor Fuel Tax Section National Chair, and Carol Player of the South Carolina Department of Revenue for 2005 Motor Fuel Tax Section Vice Chair. Both nominations were accepted and approved. The Uniformity Co-Chairs for 2005 are Patricia Platt, state of Kansas as the State Co-Chair and Bob Donnellan, Global Companies LLC as the Industry Co-Chair.
The Resolutions Committee offered fourteen resolutions. Resolutions one through eleven were adopted and twelve through fourteen were postponed until next year’s annual meeting. Final resolutions are available.
Session - Wednesday
Mark Graham, Executive Director and Dorothy Scott, Compliance Manager with the Office of the Navajo Tax Commission, gave a presentation on “Taxation by the Navajo Nation.”
Robert Maliszewski, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, gave a presentation on “How Gasoline is Made.”
John Nordlie, state of Wisconsin, gave an update on the National Fuel Diversion Registry.
• Motor Fuel Tax 2004 history booklet
Gray, Sinclair Oil