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Kostelanetz & Fink recognized in 2019 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms

NEW YORK (November 1, 2018) — Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, has been named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” for both Tax Law and Litigation – Tax by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2019.

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Michael Sardar presented "Privilege: Trending Topics And A Practical Guide For The In-House Tax Counsel" at the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY) 34th Annual Conference

Mr. Sardar shared his extensive knowledge with those in attendance. 

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Bryan C. Skarlatos chaired the panel "Crossing The Line: Real Life Ethical Issues In Tax Practice" at the NYU-SPS 77th Institute on Federal Taxation

Mr. Skarlatos also presented this panel on November 15 in San Diego, CA.

Tax practice can be categorized into three different stages: tax planning, tax return preparation and audit/trial representation. Each stage has its own ethical considerations. This panel discussed the ethical issues that arise at each stage of the process.

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Megan L. Brackney participated in the panel titled "Ethics: Challenges For The Tax Professional Advising Clients Looking To Push The Envelope" at the NYU-SPS 77th Institute on Federal Taxation

Tax practitioners are frequently asked by their clients to provide them with guidance and authority on difficult legal issues. This panel discussed the different techniques for providing clients with legal guidance when the law might not be clear.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo presented "The New Wave Of Fraud Referrals – Fact Or Fiction" at the 34th Annual UCLA Extension’s Tax Controversy Institute

The Annual Tax Controversy Institute provided an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and often debate, sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in the panel titled "Exploring The Limits Of The Evolving Economic Substance And Business Purpose Doctrines And Related Ethics Issues" at PLI's Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions Program

PLI's 2018 Tax Strategies Conference focused on the tax issues presented by the entire spectrum of modern major corporate transactions, from relatively simple single-buyer acquisitions of a division or subsidiary to multi-party joint ventures, cross-border mergers, and complex acquisitions of public companies with domestic and foreign operations, including spin-offs and other dispositions of unwanted operations.

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Megan L. Brackney participated in the panel titled "From The Experts: Tax Controversy And Tax Litigation Update" at the NYU-SPS 77th Institute on Federal Taxation

This panel showcased tips from the tax trenches from leading tax controversy practitioners in an open discussion regarding pending IRS enforcement priorities, initiatives, and campaigns, including the expected termination of the IRS OVDP Procedures re FBARs, effectively responding to IRS information document requests in the new enforcement environment, hot topics, and enforcement priorities within the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Division and the IRS Large Business and International Division.

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Michael Sardar was selected to the 2018 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars List

Every year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys who exhibit excellence in the practice of law to either a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list in each state using a patented selection process. Michael Sardar has been selected because of his outstanding excellence in his practice.

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Michael Sardar presented "The Report Of The Offshore Compliance Subcommittee" at the ABA Section of Taxation 2018 Fall Tax Meeting

This meeting brought together the nation’s leading tax practitioners to discuss current issues, topics and legislation. This two-day meeting offered the resources and information needed on the latest developments, strategies and techniques to represent and meet the needs of your clients and take your practice to the next level.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos presented "Ethical Issues for Tax Practitioners: Good Tax Planning, Aggressive Tax Advice, or Criminal Tax Evasion" at the 49th Annual Sidney Kess New York Estate, Tax, and Financial Planning Conference

Is that payment a gift or compensation for services? Is the expenditure a deductible repair or a capital improvement? Is the income ordinary income or capital gain? How sure do you have to be before you advise a client on issues such as these? Can you rely on what the client tells you or do you have to audit the client’s information? 

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