With the famed River Walk a stone's throw away, TEI members and guests gathered at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt for the 64th Annual Conference, from October 25-October 28. Speakers included top Treasury and IRS officials, well-respected practitioners, and experienced tax executives. The first day of the conference featured a presentation on Exceptionalism in American Tax Policy, an overview of the myriad ways that US tax policies stand apart from most other countries of the world: the high corporate tax rate, worldwide taxation system, and the absence of a national consumption tax. On the second day of the conference, new IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins outlined the guidance priorities for his office. In addition to the keynote addresses, the conference offered participants a series of concurrent technical sessions on a variety of federal, international, Canadian, state and local, management, and financial reporting issues.