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ITIF Policy Forum: E-Government and Electronic Tax Filing, Comparative Strategies of the United Kingdom and United States

E-government has the potential to streamline government, cut costs, and improve citizen access. But to move to the next level of e-government functionality, governments must think of themselves less as direct providers of e-government services and more as enablers of third-party integrators that tie together multiple agencies across multiple levels of government to package information, forms, regulations, and other government services and requirements in user-friendly ways.

The event will begin with opening remarks from ITIF President Robert Atkinson and will feature presentations from both Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative Party Member of the British House of Commons, and Lord Cunningham, a former Labour MP. Lord Cunningham was the author of the 1999 Modernising White Paper which defined the Government’s electronic strategy and one of the leading thinkers in the UK on reinventing government for the new economy. Mr. Grainger is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Taxation Group responsible for the recent report, The Future of Income Tax Administration in the U.K.. The report discusses potential reforms to the U.K. tax filing system, looking to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s successful “e-file” model. Under that program, the IRS works cooperatively with software vendors that offer efficient and user-friendly tax filing software, often at no cost to the filer.

The Forum will compare government progress in both the United States and the United Kingdom. ITIF is honored to host two members of the U.K. parliament involved in these issues.

Date: Tuesday June 5, 2007
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 P.M., lunch will be served
Place: U.S. Capitol, Henry J. Hyde Room, H-139


Lord Cunningham (bio)
Former Labour Party Member of the House of Commons

Ian Liddell-Grainger (bio)
Conservative Party Member of the House of Commons

Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, ITIF