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Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in the webinar "Mastering Bitcoin, Blockchain, And Virtual Currency Law" for The Rossdale Group

The huge expansion in Bitcoin & digital currencies in states across the nation and globally has led to a significant need for attorneys proficient in the cutting-edge use of related legal and regulatory issues. The laws vary greatly and have been in flux with the proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and start-ups seeking to take advantage of this growing use of currency. The faculty for this seminar features several leading authorities on the subject.

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Michael Sardar participated in the panel titled "Reports Of Subcommittees On Important Developments" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

Important Developments (Civil) – Sara G. Neill and Michelle F. Schwerin, Capes Sokol Goodman Sarachan PC, St. Louis, MO; Important Developments (Criminal) – Evan J. Davis, Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez PC, Beverly Hills, CA; International Tax Enforcement – Bruce Zagaris, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, Washington, DC and Joseph M. Erwin, Dallas, TX; IRS Investigations and Practices – Michael A. Villa Jr., Meadows Collier Reed Cousins Crouch & Ungerman LLP, Dallas, TX and Eric L. Green, Green & Sklarz LLC, New Haven, CT.

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Paul Butler participated in the panel titled "IDRs vs. FDRs – IRS Tools To Discover Taxpayer Documents At Home And Abroad" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

This panel explored the rules and procedures the IRS uses to collect relevant taxpayer materials, as well as potential strategies for taxpayers in exam and future litigation to respond to such efforts by the IRS. This panel specifically addressed the use of Information Document Requests and Formal Document Requests and their respective implications in civil proceedings.

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Paul Butler participated in the panel titled "Ethical Issues In Federal Tax Practice — The Government Perspective" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

This panel discussed issues of concern and areas of focus for the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of Chief Counsel and provide an update on recent guidance from the IRS and the Department of Treasury and pending cases that relate to tax practice standards.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo presented "Current Developments – Tax Division, U.S. Department Of Justice" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

This panel included a report from the Tax Court, discussion of significant IRS guidance and litigation, an update on Tax Division priorities, a report from Treasury, and a discussion of significant pending litigation. 

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Caroline D. Ciraolo participated in the panel titled "Tax Advice In The Age Of The 24-Hour News Cycle" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

Recent instances of exposure by the press of aggressive tax planning and tax avoidance by prominent businesses, individuals or families raise unique substantive, ethical, and other legal issues for the tax community. Practitioners advising famous clients may need to assess not only the likelihood of future examinations, but also public disclosure due to whistleblowers, cooperators, and data leaks.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo participated in the panel titled "The Current Filing Season: An Update On Some Issues Facing Practitioners And Taxpayers" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

Reducing burdens in the tax filing process is a key goal for policymakers. As the filing season is upon us, this panel explored key ways that the IRS and Congress have attempted to make the process simpler for taxpayers, including the introduction of a postcard Form 1040, an increase in the standard deduction and the creation of an Annual Filing Season Program designed to give taxpayers greater information about the qualifications of unlicensed tax return preparers.

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Yoram Keinan participated in the panel titled "Recent Developments Including Updates On International Tax Rules Pertaining To Financial Institutions" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

This panel discussed current developments in taxation of financial institutions, in anticipation of regulations by the end of the year pertaining to the international tax provisions of the 2017 Tax Act.

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Christopher Ferguson participated in the panel titled "Advising Financial Institutions In Times Of Uncertainty" at the 2019 ABA Taxation Section Midyear Meeting

The passage of the 2017 Tax Act in December 2017 resulted in significant changes to the international tax landscape in the United States. To fully implement the legislation which contains many unresolved issues and unanswered questions, Treasury and IRS are working hard on drafting and issuing regulations that once finalized, are expected to supplement the provisions of the Act.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in the panel titled "Rocks - Partnership Representatives - Hard Places" at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting

How can “Partnership Representatives” carry out their responsibilities and wade through the numerous conflicting interests and privacy concerns in light of all the obligations and elections they may have under the new partnership audit rules, the partnership agreement, their own contracts with the partnership, fiduciary obligations, and most importantly, the professional responsibility and ethical rules? Would you want to be a PR? 

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