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The annual NYU School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum features interactive presentations delivered by expert practitioners who cover a broad range of issues regarding tax audits and tax litigation at all levels.
Due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19, this year's NYU Tax Controversy Forum will be produced remotely in a shortened format on Thursday and Friday, June 24 and 25, 2021.
This year's NYU Tax Controversy Forum, in collaboration with CPAacademy.org, will feature updates on what the IRS is doing to enhance compliance through communication and enforcement. Panels will highlight the new IRS focus on intra-agency collaboration, new initiatives with respect to penalties and fraud referrals, and the IRS's handling of tax collection challenges.
Tune in from your computer, at home, or the office, to hear from an exciting array of senior government representatives, including:
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12:00 – 1:00 PM
HELPING TAXPAYERS MEET THEIR TAX OBLIGATIONS: WHAT’S NEW AT THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF-EMPLOYED DIVISION OF THE IRS
SB/SE focuses on approximately 57 million taxpayers that are small businesses with less than $10 million in assets, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers engaged in business activities. In this panel, the newly-appointed leadership of SB/SE discusses the division’s activities as we evolve out of the Pandemic, including its response to the Taxpayer First Act, current and future plans to address non-filing and non-payment of taxes, and enhanced collection activities.
Eric L. Green, Esq., Partner, Green & Sklarz, New Haven, CT
Darren John Guillot, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Collection, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
De Lon Harris, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Examination, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
1:00 – 1:30 PM
NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE TAXPAYER ADVOCATE’S OFFICE: ONE YEAR LATER
On March 30, 2020, just as the Pandemic hit, Erin Collins took over as the new National Taxpayer Advocate to lead the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Before becoming the Taxpayer Advocate, Ms. Collins represented taxpayers before the IRS in private practice, and she brings that perspective to TAS. This panel will cover the types of matters TAS handles, tips on how to open cases, and the challenges presented by the Pandemic. It will also provide insight into the role that TAS plays in IRS compliance and enforcement.
Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq., Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, New York, NY
Erin M. Collins, Esq., National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
1:30 – 2:00 PM
WHAT’S NEW IN IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
Schemes to defraud the IRS are becoming more complex every day, and IRS Criminal Investigation is responsible for investigating and prosecuting those intent on paying less than their share of tax. CI special agents are trained to use specialized technology to wade through computerized financial records and recover data to help prosecute tax evasion. The globalization of business transactions, the Pandemic, and a limited budget have made CI's job even more challenging. Hear from the former and current Chiefs of IRS CI on how the IRS will meet these challenges and continue to enforce the tax law.
Don Fort, CPA, Director of Investigations, Kostelanetz & Fink, Washington, DC
James Lee, Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
2:00 – 3:00 PM
WHAT IS TAX FRAUD, AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
With increased focus on the Tax Gap and IRS enforcement comes a renewed emphasis on taxpayer penalties, including civil and criminal fraud penalties. In the past, fraud penalties may have been a consideration of last resort, but now the possible existence of tax fraud will be evaluated whenever taxpayer behavior warrants such a review. Last year, the IRS created the Fraud Enforcement Office to help coordinate the evaluation of unscrupulous taxpayer behavior across divisions of the IRS and determine whether and when civil fraud penalties or referrals for criminal enforcement are appropriate. Hear from senior IRS and DOJ personnel about what they are looking for and how fraud referrals work.
Sara G. Neill, Esq., Shareholder, Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, PC, Saint Louis, MO
Guy Ficco, Executive Director, Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
Damon Rowe, Esq., Executive Director, Fraud Enforcement Office, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
Carolyn A. Schenck, National Fraud Counsel and Assistant Division Counsel (International), Internal Revenue Service, Rochester, NY
Olga I. Zverovich, Esq., Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, New York, NY
3:30 – 4:30 PM
SHINING A LIGHT ON DIRTY MONEY: CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY AND ANTIMONEY LAUNDERING ACTS OF 2020
Last year, Congress passed the first major overhaul of the Bank Secrecy Act ("BSA") in fifty years. The new law requires certain entities to report the identities of their beneficial owners, enhances the government’s ability to obtain foreign bank records, creates new reporting requirements for cryptocurrencies and antiquities dealers, expands the powers and duties of FinCEN, enhances inter-agency information sharing, and establishes a new whistleblower program for violations of the BSA. This panel explains these new provisions and how they could affect your clients.
Evan J. Davis, Esq., Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez PC, Beverly Hills, CA
Ian M. Comisky, Esq., Partner, Fox Rothschild, Philadelphia, PA
Deborah L. Connor, Esq., Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Andrew Winerman, Esq., Senior Advisor to the Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Strategic Operations Division, Washington, DC
4:30 – 5:30 PM
FOCUS ON TAX COLLECTION: HOT TIPS ON DEALING WITH IRS LIENS
A federal tax lien protects the government’s legal claim against a taxpayer’s property and puts other creditors on notice that the taxpayer owes taxes. Tax liens can be devastating to a taxpayer’s personal or business financial affairs. This program explores techniques for dealing with tax liens, such as obtaining a release, subordination, or withdrawal of lien or a discharge of property subject to a lien. Learn practical tips from expert private practitioners and IRS personnel.
E. Martin Davidoff, CPA, Esq., Partner-in-Charge – National Tax Controversy Practice, Prager Metis, Cranbury, NJ
Yvonne R. Cort, Esq., Partner, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, Jericho, NY
Guy Esposito, Advisory Group Manager, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service, Freehold, NJ
Alison Gadoua, Tax Controversy Specialist, Prager Metis, Cranbury, NJ
Dawn Harris, Director, Civil Enforcement Advice and Support Operations, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service, New York, NY
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