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Bryan Skarlatos Participated in the Fifth Annual USD School of Law - RJS Law Tax Controversy Virtual Institute Panel on July 17, 2020

Bryan Skarlatos participated in this year’s USD School of Law – RJS Law Tax Controversy Institute, which was held virtually July 17, 2020, 10:30am - 2:35 pm (PST). 

The region's top tax attorneys, government agency officials, and law school professors discussed topics including handling tax controversy during COVID- 19, fraud enforcement and criminal investigationsMr. Skarlatos participated on a panel entitled, “IRS New Emphasis on Fraud Enforcement and Criminal Investigation.”

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Caroline Ciraolo Participated in the FBAR Litigation Developments Webinar Panel for STEP USA on July 16, 2020

The IRS and DOJ have been aggressive in pursuing judicial recourse to enforce and seek collection of FBAR assessments. STEP USA's webinar addressed the key issues and considerations in the litigation of an FBAR case. The format for the presentation was an interactive question and answer format among the knowledgeable panelists. There was an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the panelists.

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Caroline Ciraolo Chaired the Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee Virtual May Meeting for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation on July 14th, 2020.

The event consisted of three-hours of programming presenting a series of panels including: update from IRS Criminal Investigation office, update from U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, disclosure of non-tax crimes, and tax shelters.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Wall Street Journal article entitled “File Your Taxes, Even if You Can’t Pay"

In a recent Wall Street Journal article by Laura Saunders entitled “File Your Taxes, Even if You Can’t Pay,” Bryan C. Skarlatos provided advice to taxpayers on how to minimize financial fallout this tax season, during the unprecedented times of COVID-19.

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Yoram Keinan quoted in Tax Notes article entitled “New IRS Practice Unit Explains Penalty Relief”

In a recent Tax Notes article by Kristen A. Parillo entitled “New IRS Practice Unit Explains Penalty Relief,” Yoram Keinan discusses the merits of the IRS's latest guidance that overviews the reasonable cause exception for penalties.

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Robert M. Russell quoted in Tax Notes article entitled “Individuals Now a Target for LB&I Transition Tax Campaign”

In a recent Tax Notes article by Andrew Velarde entitled "Individuals Now a Target for LB&I Transition Tax Campaign,” Robert M. Russell discussed the IRS announcement that the Section 965 transition tax will now become an area of enforcement as applied to non-corporate taxpayers.

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Caroline Ciraolo co-chaired & moderated a webinar on international criminal tax enforcement for ABA’s Virtual 20th U.S. and Europe Tax Practice Trends Conference

Caroline D. Ciraolo co-chaired and moderated a panel entitled "Following the Money (including digital currency) – The Current State of International Criminal Tax Enforcement." The panel provided updates and current statistics on international criminal tax enforcement from IRS-CI and the Justice Department and discussed recent international criminal tax investigations and prosecutions, including those involving the use of virtual currency.

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K&F Joins Pro Bono Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance

Kostelanetz & Fink is proud to join forces with other law firms across the country in combating systemic racism as part of the new Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance (LFAA), which will provide pro bono counsel in concert with legal services organizations and other stakeholders focused on identifying and combating systemic racism.

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Robert M. Russell participated in a panel entitled "Tax Day 2020: Filing and Payment Deadlines" at the ABA Section of Taxation's Virtual May Meeting on June 10, 2020

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Pro Bono Spotlight: IRS Virtual Settlement Days

Kostelanetz & Fink attorneys Yoram Keinan and Robert Russell were proud to volunteer for the IRS’s first-in-the-country Virtual Settlement Days with the University of Michigan Law School’s Low-Income Tax Clinic (LITC) on May 9 and May 12, 2020.

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