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K&F in the Classroom: Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties and Procedures at NYU Law

Drawing on their deep experience representing clients facing some of the most challenging and complex tax controversy matters, Kostelanetz & Fink partners Bryan Skarlatos and Megan Brackney have for years been bringing their expertise into the classroom as adjunct professors at New York University School of Law.

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Megan L. Brackney presented the webinar, “IRS Summons: Use, Scope, and Enforcement in 2020” for CPA Academy on February 20, 2020

The IRS has various methods of obtaining information from and about taxpayers.  In this program, attorney Megan L. Brackney will discuss the IRS’s use of summonses to obtain information from taxpayers and third parties, the scope of the IRS’s authority, and summons enforcement.  The discussion will include the IRS’s use of John Doe Summonses and Formal Document Requests.  We will also discuss taxpayer rights and defenses, including the assertion of privileges, such as attorney-client, work product, federally-authorized tax practitioner, and Fifth Amendment privileges.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo and Jay R. Nanavati presented "Financial Crimes Enforcement, Compliance & Risk Mitigation" at the Bahamas Financial Services Board in Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2020

Washington, D.C.-based Kostelanetz & Fink partners Caroline D. Ciraolo and Jay R. Nanavati presented "Financial Crimes Enforcement, Compliance & Risk Mitigation" at the Bahamas Financial Services Board in Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2020.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo presented "Women in Tax" at Georgetown University Law Center on February 12, 2020

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Article about the panel entitled "Update: Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice," moderated by Caroline D. Ciraolo at the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in Boca Raton, FL

In the TaxNotes article entitled, "Justice Department Interested in Voluntary Disclosure Lies," Nathan J. Richman discusses the panel entitled "Update: Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice," moderated by Caroline D. Ciraolo at the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in Boca Raton, FL. 

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Caroline D. Ciraolo moderated the panel entitled "Update: Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice," at the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in Boca Raton, FL on February 1, 2020

The Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in Boca Raton, Florida offered individuals the opportunity to learn from leaders in taxation over the course of three days: January 30 - February 1, 2020. During the panel "Update: Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice" on February 1, moderator Caroline D. Ciraolo spoke with Panelist Richard Zuckerman, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, Department of Justice, Washington, DC, about updates at the Department of Justice's Tax Division. 

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Yoram Keinan participated in the panel entitled "Clearing Up the Clouds? Proposed US Taxation of Cloud Transactions, Non-Currency Tokens, and other 'Digital Assets'" at the ABA Tax Midyear Meeting on January 31, 2020

Kostelanetz & Fink partner Yoram Keinan participated in the panel entitled "Clearing-Up the Clouds?  Proposed U.S. Taxation of Cloud Transactions, Non-Currency Tokens, and other “Digital Assets” PLUS Key Policy Proposals affecting Crossborder Structures & Investments (OECD’s Updated Plan to Alter the Tax Nexus Consensus; Replacing LIBOR)" at the ABA Tax Midyear Meeting on January 31, 2020 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL, from 9:45-11:30 AM.

 

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Paul Butler participated in the panel entitiled "Practical Privilege Issues," at the ABA Tax Midyear Meeting on January 31, 2020

This panel discussed the rules protecting communications from disclosure, using real-world examples. The panelists also discussed hot topics and best practices.

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Sharon L. McCarthy presented a webinar entitled "Ethical Considerations for Tax Pros: Recognizing Conflicts and Asking for Advice" through CPAAcademy.org on January 30, 2020

In this webinar, attendees reviewed the duties of a tax professional in advising clients on tax return preparation and audits. Using real-life examples, we identified potential conflicts and other problems that may arise in the course of a tax professional's representation, as well as discussed recommended methods for addressing them. Among the topics covered were a tax professional's duty of candor to the IRS and the potential for discipline and, in extreme circumstances, criminal prosecution for failure to comply with one's duties.

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Megan L. Brackney participated in the panel entitled “Empire State Update: Recent Developments in New York State Taxes,” New York State Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Annual Meeting on January 28, 2020

The panelists discussed recent developments, including an update on New York’s draft corporate income tax regulations, newly issued administrative guidance, as well as some important decisions issued by the New York State Division of Tax Appeals and New York State judicial courts.

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