NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2018) -- Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce that Michael Sardar has been named a partner in the firm. Mr. Sardar joined Kostelanetz & Fink’s New York office in 2009. Mr. Sardar handles a wide variety of tax controversy and white collar criminal defense matters. He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, state tax authorities, the Department of Justice, and local prosecutors.
“Michael has been an invaluable player on the Kostelanetz & Fink team,” said partner Robert S. Fink. “We are proud of his dedication to client service, his deep understanding of the law, and his remarkable tenacity.”
“I am honored to join Kostelanetz & Fink as a partner,” Mr. Sardar said. “I am excited to continue working on cutting edge tax disputes as a part of the team that Chambers USA recently selected as 2018 US Tax Team of the Year.”
Mr. Sardar has extensive experience representing taxpayers in all stages of civil and criminal tax controversies, including representing numerous clients, such as high profile taxpayers in sensitive tax audits and disputes. Mr. Sardar also routinely represents and advises taxpayers facing audits and investigations of noncompliance with the IRS’s foreign bank and asset reporting requirements. Mr. Sardar has represented dozens of taxpayers in such matters, utilizing his skill, creative thinking, and deep knowledge of the law in this area. Mr. Sardar also represents clients in criminal tax investigations, various white collar criminal matters, and in connection with internal investigations regarding corporate and entity noncompliance.
Mr. Sardar has extensive experience representing corporate and individual taxpayers making voluntary disclosures of unreported income to the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities, and he has represented scores of clients with unreported foreign assets enabling the repatriation of over half a billion dollars of offshore assets through the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and the Streamlined Compliance Procedures. Mr. Sardar also represents taxpayers in New York State and City residency audits and investigations and before the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Mr. Sardar is a member of the ABA Taxation Section Civil and Criminal Penalties Committee and Co-Chair of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Section on Taxation, New York Chapter. Mr. Sardar also lectures and writes frequently on tax controversy topics including foreign asset reporting and non-compliance.
Mr. Sardar graduated summa cum laude from Baruch College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and received his law degree from Cornell University Law School.