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Michael Sardar quoted in "Massive College Fraud Scheme Could Showcase New Sentencing Rules", TaxNotes Today

New rules from the First Step Act and sentencing guidelines amendments could be on display when judges start deciding on punishment for participants in the recent massive college bribery scheme.

The sentencing hearings will begin in June for those facing charges, including tax and fraud charges, in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, with the hearings for the parents who have pleaded guilty to start in the fall.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo moderated the panel titled "Whistleblowers: Protections And Privacy" at the 4th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights

This panel explored the role of whistleblowers in tax administration, including the whistleblower’s access to information about the taxpayer and progress on the investigation, and the taxpayer’s access to information about the whistleblower’s proffer. 

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Caroline D. Ciraolo participated in a panel titled “Exchange of Tax Information is Everywhere! Knowing the Rules, Understanding the Landscape,” at the 2019 Audits and Appeals Seminar, Tax Executive Institute

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PAUL BUTLER PARTICIPATED IN THE PANEL TITLED "PRACTICAL PRIVILEGE - USES AND MISUSES IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD" AT THE TAX EXECUTIVES INSTITUTE AUDIT AND APPEALS SEMINAR

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Michael Sardar quoted in "Data Analytics Are Coming to an IRS Special Agent Near You", TaxNotes Today

Ever since CI started talking about its new data analytics strategy, the division has been fielding privacy and disclosure concerns.

Asked if the IRS has the right to apply its new sophisticated data analytics tools to a taxpayer’s data, Michael Sardar of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP said that the standard search and seizure analyses involve situations in which the government needs to spend a large amount of resources — for example, with visual surveillance or telephone wiretapping. “There’s a parallel in terms of how much effort the government has to put in versus what they are going to get out of it, and that’s how you determine
what is reasonable,” he said.

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Sharon L. McCarthy participated in a panel presentation titled "The Life-Cycle Of A Criminal Tax Case" at the 3rd Annual Criminal Tax Day

This panel walked attendees through the entire life cycle of a criminal tax case: from referral to CI through investigation, Department of Justice Referral, Indictment, Plea and Sentencing. Whether you have worked 10 criminal tax cases before or never been involved in any, our panel brought attendees up to speed with an explanation and exhibits.

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Jay R. Nanavati participated in a panel presentation titled "A World of Lies: The Truth Behind the Tax Protestor Arguments" at the 3rd Annual Criminal Tax Day

For decades lies and mistruths have been advanced by individuals and groups unhappy with the United States Income Tax.  These individuals and groups often twist facts into more suitable positions to advance their agenda.  Many of these fabrications were reviewed and dissected in the recent United States Tax Court Decision in Waltner vs. Commissioner.  Our esteemed panel reviewed the case and enlightened the attendees to the truth and fiction of the arguments put forth by “tax protestors.”

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Caroline D. Ciraolo participated in a panel titled "Current Issues in Government Investigations" at the Federal Bar Association

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Jay R. Nanavati participated in a panel presentation titled "The Interplay Between IRS and State Criminal Tax Investigations" at the 3rd Annual Criminal Tax Day

More frequently than ever, when targets of a criminal tax investigation open their door they will be confronted by three government agents: two from the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division and one special-agent from the State Department of Revenue Services. This panel discussed the interplay between state and federal tax crimes, and what role the state tax crimes will play in the upcoming investigation and prosecution.

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MICHAEL SARDAR PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL PRESENTATION TITLED "WHAT’S NEW IN CRIMINAL TAX" AT THE 3RD ANNUAL CRIMINAL TAX DAY

A panel of experts updated attendees on the latest priorities and trends in IRS criminal Enforcement, including cyber-crimes, crypto-currency, marijuana, payroll tax crimes, money laundering and good-old-fashioned income tax evasion.

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Moderator: Lisa E. Perkins, Green & Sklarz LLC, West Hartford, CT

Panelists:

  • Kristina O’Connell, Special-Agent In-Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Boston Field Office
  • Frank Agostino, Esq., Agostino & Associates, Hackensack, NJ
  • Michael Sardar, Esq., Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, Washington, DC
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