Bryan C. Skarlatos

Bryan C. Skarlatos specializes in representing clients in sensitive matters, many of which involve negotiations with government agencies.  He is experienced in all types of civil and criminal tax controversies, white collar criminal and regulatory investigations, complex litigation, tax whistleblower claims and voluntary disclosures.   He also provides clients with advice on a broad range of tax, estate, and business planning issues.

Mr. Skarlatos has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New York and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America where he was named Tax Litigator of the Year in New York for 2014.  He also is ranked in Band One of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which describes him as having a, “smart reassuring presence with insight into the government…extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the various taxing authorities…Clients applaud him as being exceptionally brilliant at coming up with great outcomes.”

Mr. Skarlatos is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Tax Penalties and Prosecutions and he is a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel where he serves of the Board of Regents.  Mr. Skarlatos speaks throughout the country on tax-related topics and he frequently is quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, Tax Analysts-Tax Notes, and Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report.

Bryan C. Skarlatos Representative Matters

  • Mr. Skarlatos represents hundreds of taxpayers who are voluntarily disclosing to the IRS over $1 billion in off-shore bank accounts and related income tax liabilities.

  • Mr. Skarlatos has represented several witnesses in regulatory investigations into trading practices at large financial institutions.

  • Mr. Skarlatos has helped clients structure their affairs to avoid violating restrictions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

  • Mr. Skarlatos has represented many individuals accused of money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act violations.

  • Mr. Skarlatos represents many taxpayers who are being investigated by the Department of Justice for tax-related issues, including alleged failure to report foreign bank accounts and income earned on those accounts.

  • Mr. Skarlatos represents several whistleblowers who have reported to the IRS Whistleblower Office billions of dollars in of unpaid income taxes.

  • Mr. Skarlatos represents a well-known businessman in a Tax Court case in which the IRS is claiming more than $130 million in taxes and penalties relating to alleged personal benefits from related-party transactions.

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Professional Activities

Mr. Skarlatos created and co-chairs the annual New York University Tax Controversy Forum.  He also is co-chair of the Compliance Practice and Procedure Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section and he is a former chair of the Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee of the American Bar Association, the Personal Income Tax Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Tax Committee of the New York County Lawyer’s Association.  Mr. Skarlatos is on the board of directors of the annual New York University Graduate Tax Institute, where he chairs a program on Ethics in Tax Practice, and he has been nominated to serve on several bar association task forces, including the New York State Bar Association task force on Attorney Client Privilege and the American Bar Association task forces on Tax Shelters, Circular 230, and Ethics 2000.

Mr. Skarlatos is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure for which he writes a regular column on Tax Penalties and he is on the board of editors of the Practical Tax Lawyer.  He frequently speaks on topics related to civil and criminal tax controversies, including lectures for the IRS,  New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Country Lawyer’s Association, the Connecticut State Bar Association, the Tax Executives Institute, the Practicing Law Institute, the Bureau of National Affairs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Mr. Skarlatos has written several articles for various law reviews and journals and he was co-author of a regular column in the New York Law Journal entitled, “Tax Litigation Issues.”



Tel: 212.808.8100

 Curriculum Vitae


September 28, 2017

Bryan C. Skarlatos presented "How Sure Do You Have to Be? Ethical And Penalty Standards For Taking Positions On Tax Returns" at UJA Federation Of NY

August 25, 2017

Bryan C. Skarlatos Quoted In "No One Knows How Much To Pay In Bitcoin Cash Taxes", Wall Street Journal

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July 30, 2017

When Should A Taxpayer Know That A Tax Shelter Is Too Good To Be True?

October 16, 2016

Can the Code Sec. 6700 Tax Shelter Promoter Penalty Apply to Everyday Tax Advice?

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Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D. (1985)

New York University School of Law, LL.M (1991) (Taxation)

Bar Admissions

S.D.N.Y., 1987

E.D.N.Y., 1987

N.D.N.Y., 1987

U.S. Tax Court, 1987

Third Cir. Court of Appeals, 1987

Court of Federal Claims, 1996

Second Cir. Court of Appeals, 1998

N.D. Texas, 2006