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Caroline Ciraolo presented a webinar entitled "When Your Tax Case Takes a Turn for the Worst – The Lifecycle of a Federal Criminal Tax Case" for the ASTPS

On August 6, 2020, Caroline Ciraolo presented a webinar entitled "When Your Tax Case Takes a Turn for the Worst – The Lifecycle of a Federal Criminal Tax Case" for the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers. 

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Pro Bono Spotlight: IRS Virtual Settlement Days, Part 2

As part of Kostelanetz & Fink’s commitment to pro bono work and giving back to the tax community, K&F partners Megan Brackney, Yoram Keinan, Bryan Skarlatos, and Michael Sardar were proud to participate in the most recent IRS Virtual Settlement Conferences in coordination with the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel on July 28 and 30, 2020.

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K&F in the Classroom: Fall Courses on Civil Tax Procedure, Criminal Tax

This fall, Kostelanetz & Fink partners Megan Brackney and Caroline Ciraolo will be teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses again at New York University School of Law (Brackney), Georgetown University Law Center (Ciraolo), and the University of Baltimore School of Law and Graduate Tax Program (Ciraolo).

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Christopher M. Ferguson conducted a CLE on CARES Act Enforcement with Celesq® AttorneysEd Center in partnership with Thompson/Reuters (West)

On July 28, 2020, Christopher M. Ferguson conducted a CLE on CARES Act Enforcement with Celesq® AttorneysEd Center in partnership with Thompson/Reuters (West).

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Christopher M. Ferguson quoted in Mercury News article entitled “A Lafayette Youth Baseball League Supposedly Got a $5 Million PPP Loan. Here’s What Really Happened”

In a recent Mercury News article by Leonardo Castañeda entitled “A Lafayette Youth Baseball League Supposedly Got a $5 Million PPP Loan. Here’s What Really Happened,” Christopher M. Ferguson discussed the issue of fraudulent loans issued under the federal Paycheck Protection Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stow Lovejoy participated in a webinar entitled "Mastering Form 5472: Filing Requirements for Foreign Individuals, LLCs, and Companies" for Strafford on July 23, 2020

This webinar provided tax advisers with a thorough and practical guide to completing Form 5472, focusing on the impact of IRS regulations requiring 5472 reporting by foreign owners of disregarded entities (DREs). The panel provided line-by-line guidance on completing the form, define difficult concepts, and discuss the impact of IRS rules expanding filing requirements.

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Robert M. Russell quoted in Law360 article entitled “5 Federal Tax Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2020”

In a recent Law360 article by Amy Lee Rosen entitled “5 Federal Tax Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2020,” Robert M. Russell discussed the anticipated importance of U.S. v. Altaba, an atypically early tax dispute presently taking off in Delaware district court.

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Bryan Skarlatos Participated in the Fifth Annual USD School of Law - RJS Law Tax Controversy Virtual Institute Panel on July 17, 2020

Bryan Skarlatos participated in this year’s USD School of Law – RJS Law Tax Controversy Institute, which was held virtually July 17, 2020, 10:30am - 2:35 pm (PST). 

The region's top tax attorneys, government agency officials, and law school professors discussed topics including handling tax controversy during COVID- 19, fraud enforcement and criminal investigationsMr. Skarlatos participated on a panel entitled, “IRS New Emphasis on Fraud Enforcement and Criminal Investigation.”

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Caroline Ciraolo Participated in the FBAR Litigation Developments Webinar Panel for STEP USA on July 16, 2020

The IRS and DOJ have been aggressive in pursuing judicial recourse to enforce and seek collection of FBAR assessments. STEP USA's webinar addressed the key issues and considerations in the litigation of an FBAR case. The format for the presentation was an interactive question and answer format among the knowledgeable panelists. There was an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the panelists.

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Caroline Ciraolo Chaired the Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee Virtual May Meeting for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation on July 14th, 2020.

The event consisted of three-hours of programming presenting a series of panels including: update from IRS Criminal Investigation office, update from U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, disclosure of non-tax crimes, and tax shelters.

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