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K&F Expands Bench of Professionals in N.Y. and D.C.

Over the past few months, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, has been expanding, as our Washington, D.C., office continues to grow and our bench of professionals in both New York and D.C. gets deeper.  At the same time, we’ve been gratified that a number of our paralegals were accepted to law schools at some of the country’s top universities, while we added new paralegals from some of those same universities. A few of the recent highlights of these welcome developments include: 

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Caroline D. Ciraolo Presented "Recruiting and Retaining Women in Tax – What Does it Take?" to the Tax Section of the Federal Bar Association in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2019

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Usman Mohammad participated as a speaker in the webinar entitled “FATCA After Tax Reform: Form 8938 Reporting for Taxpayers With Foreign Assets, Integrating Latest IRS Guidance,” on October 24, 2019

Usman Mohammad participated in a Strafford webinar which provided tax advisers with a practical guide to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reporting for taxpayers holding foreign assets. The panel defined reportable "specified foreign assets," discussed valuation issues, and offered thorough instruction on completing Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Assets. The webinar outlined how the 2017 tax reform law and subsequent IRS guidance changed the thresholds for reporting requirements.

 

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Claude M. Millman participated on the panel entitled "Understanding Government Requirements, Rules & Contracts," at the City & State New York 2019 Government Procurement Conference on October 24, 2019

Procuring with the government can require navigating a maze of laws and regulations. Procurement officers from various MWBE’s, government agencies, and firms will explain the complexity of RFPs, provided information on best practices for proposals, and address ways to avoid common pitfalls during your bid/no-bid decision making process.
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Bryan C. Skarlatos Participated on the Panel entitled "Ethics, When Are You Crossing A Line? Real Life Ethical Issues in Everyday Tax Practice," at the 78th Institute on Federal Taxation on October 24, 2019

On October 24, 2019, Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in the panel "Ethics, When Are You Crossing A Line? Real Life Ethical Issues in Everyday Tax Practice," at the 78th Institute on Federal Taxation in New York, NY.

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Megan L. Brackney Participated on the Panel entitled "Anticipating IRS Audits, Controversies and Litigation Under the Partnership Audit Rules," at the 78th Institute on Federal Taxation on October 23, 2019

Megan L. Brackney participated in the panel "Anticipating IRS Audits, Controversies and Litigation Under the Partnership Audit Rules," at the 78th Institute on Federal Taxation on October 23, 2019 in New York, NY.

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The Confidentiality of a Client's Tax Return Information: Provisions Tax Preparers Must Remember

By Caroline Rule
The CPA Journal
October 2019 Edition

Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7216 and its lengthy regulations govern when a tax return preparer may disclose or use a taxpayer’s tax return information without first obtaining the taxpayer’s consent. Because it is a federal crime to violate section 7216 and its regulations, CPAs should familiarize themselves with these provisions. This column discusses when tax return preparers are permitted to disclose or use tax return information without first obtaining the taxpayer’s consent. A future column will discuss the requirements for obtaining consent when it is necessary.

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Caroline Ciraolo Spoke on the Panel Entitled "International Enforcement - What’s Old, What’s New and What We Can Expect," at the 35th Annual Tax Controversy Institute on October 22, 2019

The Annual Tax Controversy Conference is the preeminent conference exclusively dedicated to tax controversy and tax litigation. The conference provides an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and often debate, sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience.  

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Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in the panel entitled "IRS Criminal Investigations - The Use of Big Data and Deterrence to Achieve Voluntary Compliance," at the 35th Annual UCLA Extension Tax Controversy Institute on October 22, 2019

The Annual Tax Controversy Institute provided an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and debate, sometimes sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience. Highly regarded as a premiere annual industry event, the conference included among its attendees leading tax attorneys, CPAs, financial professionals, and representatives from the IRS. 

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Bryan C. Skarlatos was awarded the 2019 Bruce Hochman Award at the 35th UCLA Extension Annual Tax Controversy Institute on October 22, 2019

The Bruce Hochman Award is presented each year to an individual who demonstrates outstanding proficiency in the field of tax law and best exemplifies the principals that personalized Bruce Hochman, renowned tax litigator and founder of the firm Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez P.C. Bryan C. Skarlatos is honored to have been selected to receive the 2019 Bruce Hochman Award at this year’s UCLA Extension Annual Tax Controversy Institute on October 22, 2019.

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