12th Annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum Will Be Held Online June 18 and 19!

Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce that this year’s NYU Tax Controversy Forum will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19, 2020 as an online webinar featuring senior IRS personnel. The entire program will be provided free of charge.

While we are sorry we won’t see you in person, the Forum’s Planning Committee, which includes Forum founder and Kostelanetz & Fink partner Bryan Skarlatos, and the New York University’s School of Professional Services have decided to offer this program remotely via Zoom webinar in order to ensure the health and safety of conference attendees and panelists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the circumstances, NYU SPS is waiving all registration fees and bringing this year’s Forum to you for free!

We’ll have more information in the coming days on how to register to hear Tax Compliance and Enforcement Updates from an exciting array of senior IRS personnel including:

  • Erin Collins, Esq., National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Michael J. Desmond, Esq., Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Don Fort, Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Darren Guillot, Deputy Commissioner, Small Business/Self Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Eric Hylton, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Andrew Keyso, Chief, Independent Office of Appeals, Internal Revenue Service
  • Sunita Lough, Esq., Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service
  • Paul Mamo, Director of Collection, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Brendan O’Dell, Coordinator, Promoter Investigations Coordinator, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Services and Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service
  • Douglas O’Donnell, Commissioner, Large Business and International Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Tamera Ripperda, Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Damon Rowe, Executive Director, Fraud Enforcement Office, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service


  • Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq., Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, New York, NY
  • Armando Gomez, Esq., Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Washington, DC


This year’s NYU Tax Controversy Forum 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 IRS’ handling of tax collection.

The program is in development and will consist of 2 to 3 hours of panels each on Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19. Please stay tuned for more updates with details on how to register, topics, times and log-in information.


Next year, the 13th Annual Tax Controversy Forum will take place live and in person on June 24-25, 2021, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, and will feature the same powerful and thought-provoking content.

Each year, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum brings together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to compare perspectives on a variety of topics involving federal tax audits, appeals, and litigation. The forum covers a wide range of controversy work, from procedural seminars to substantive programs, international issues, ethical problems, current enforcement initiatives, sensitive audits, and civil and criminal tax penalties.

June 18, 2020 at 9am - 5pm