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Nicholas S. Bahnsen moderated an American Bar Association panel entitled "Ethical Obligations and COVID19: What Tax Practitioners Need to Know" on June 4, 2020

What should we be on the lookout for to ensure we are not helping our clients participate in or become the victim of fraud considering the CARES Act? How should practitioners ensure we are meeting both IRS and court deadlines? How should we ensure we are meeting our ethical obligations to communicate with our clients? Nicholas S. Bahnsen moderated a panel discussing these timely issues. 

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Caroline Ciraolo contributed to ABA Tax Section Comments on proposed changes to Tax Court Rule 24

Caroline Ciraolo made substantive contributions to the American Bar Association Taxation Section Comments on the proposed changes to Tax Court Rule 24. The comments were formally submitted to Chief Judge Foley of the U.S. Tax Court on June 1, 2020.

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Caroline Ciraolo Featured on ACA TaxCast on May 31, 2020

Caroline Ciraolo was interviewed for the American Citizens Abroad (ACA) TaxCast podcast. Part 1 of her interview was posted May 15, 2020, and Part 2 was posted on May 31, 2020. During Part 2 of the program, Ms. Ciraolo takes a "deeper dive" into the types of tax professionals and government officials that may play a role in a client’s tax matters, the nature and risks of an “eggshell” audit, the scope of applicable privileges, best practices for vetting clients and managing an examination or investigation, and much more. 

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Robert M. Russell quoted in Bloomberg Tax article entitled "IRS Fixes to Foreign Tax Credit Rules Could Boost New Virus Perk"

In a recent Bloomberg Tax article by Siri Bulusu entitled "IRS Fixes to Foreign Tax Credit Rules Could Boost New Virus Perk," Robert M. Russell discussed how benefits, such as a net operating loss carry back provision, restored in response to the COVID-19 crisis could affect and interact with prior deductions and perks. 

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Megan Brackney presented a webinar entitled "IRS Summons and Other Methods of Obtaining Taxpayer Information, Enforcement, and Defenses" for Celesq Attorneys Ed Center, on May 21, 2020

The IRS has several methods for obtaining information about taxpayers. This program discussed the IRS’s methods of obtaining information, focusing primarily on the IRS’s summons authority, including the scope of that authority, taxpayer’s rights and privileges, summons enforcement litigation, and the attorney’s ethical obligations when responding to IRS requests for information under Circular 230.

 

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Paul Butler quoted in Tax Notes article entitled "Work-From-Home Technology Comes With New Privilege Concerns"

In a recent Tax Notes article by Nathan J. Richman entitled “Work-From-Home Technology Comes With New Privilege Concerns," Paul Butler discussed concerns about how to safeguard attorney-client privilege and protect the work product doctrine when using videoconferencing and other new technological tools that tax professionals are relying on during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Caroline Ciraolo participated in two-part series by Tax Analysts regarding IRS voluntary disclosure practice, revised Form 14457, and detailed guidance issued on May 13 and 14, 2020

On May 13 and 14, 2020, Caroline Ciraolo sat down with Tax Notes to discuss the revised Form 14457 and new guidance on the IRS voluntary disclosure practice in a two-part series. 

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Caroline Ciraolo Featured on ACA TaxCast on May 15, 2020

Caroline Ciraolo was interviewed for the American Citizens Abroad (ACA) TaxCast podcast. Part 1 of her interview was posted May 15, 2020, and Part 2 is due to post on May 31, 2020. During Part 1 of the program, Ms. Ciraolo discussed non-filers and the CARES Act stimulus payments, voluntary disclosure, streamlined filing compliance procedures, delinquent international information return submission procedures, and other compliance-related matters.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in a panel entitled “Balancing Tax Planning, Advocacy, and Professional Ethics: The Rules That Every Tax Advisor Should Know" at the Tax Planning for Partnerships 2020 web conference for PLI on May 14, 2020

Bryan C. Skarlatos and Bradley M. Seltzer reviewed the ethical rules related to advising clients on transactions involving partnerships and other passthrough entities, using a real-life hypothetical, including tax motivated transactions, and the pitfalls encountered by the advisor at every stage – from the planning of the transaction, to providing tax opinions and recommending return positions, to dealing with the IRS in audit; ethical rules covered include standards derived from the Internal Revenue Code, Circular 230, the AICPA Statements on Standards for Tax Services, and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Paul T. Butler participated in a webinar entitled “Practical Privilege Issues in Income Tax Disputes" for the ABA Tax Section , on May 14, 2020

This panel discussed the rules protecting communications from disclosure, including attorney-client, work product, and I.R.C. section 7525 privileges. The panelists demonstrated application of those privileges using real-world examples, touching on hot topics, and providing best practices to use in disputes with taxing authorities.

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