The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies presents the Annual Tax Controversy Forum, which brings together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to compare perspectives on a broad range of topics involving federal tax audits, appeals, and litigation. Coverage encompasses the entire scope of controversy work, from anticipating and planning for the examination of a return, through resolution of all unagreed issues. The Forum, co-chaired each year by Bryan C. Skarlatos, Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, offers a panoply of government attorneys and agents to discuss current audit and enforcement priorities. Other panelists outline strategies for dealing with new return filing requirements, handling audits, and contesting the assertion of penalties. A distinguished panel of judges reveals what they look for in the courtroom, and a panel of expert practitioners analyzes the willfulness requirement in criminal cases.
Since enforcement is an essential part of our federal tax system, the NYU Annual Tax Controversy Forum is an opportunity to stay current as well as to exchange ideas and share practice tips, all of which can contribute to better functioning of the system. This Forum is intended for tax professionals at all levels who prepare for or handle audits, appeals, or tax litigation, as well as those involved in planning and transactional work, who could benefit from a better understanding of the implications of their work for audit defense.