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Sharon L. McCarthy Serves as a Panelist in AFDA Live Video Webinar, "Negotiating Effective Non-Prosecution and Deferred Prosecution Agreements"

Sharon L. McCarthy recently served as a panelist in a live video webinar for AFDA, "Negotiating Effective Non-Prosecution and Deferred Prosecution Agreements".  This program covered the world of corporate criminal enforcement has witnessed an aggressive use of DPAs and NPAs by the U.S. Dept of Justice. As stated by Assistant AG Leslie Caldwell, these negotiated resolutions have enabled DOJ to "impose reforms, impose compliance controls, and impose all sorts of behavioral change." 

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Bryan C. Skarlatos Presents "Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2015," at PLI Conference

Bryan C. Skarlatos presented at the recent PLI Conference. The topic of the session, "Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations and Restructurings for 2015".

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Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in "Deadline Change for Foreign Bank Reporting Wins Praise"


By Alison Bennett

Aug. 4 — Practitioners are praising the new deadline for reporting foreign bank accounts tucked into the new law (Pub. L. No. 114-41) to extend the Highway Trust Fund.

The measure ensures that the due date for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), formerly June 30, is now the same as the U.S. tax filing deadline of April 15—a change that practitioners said will help taxpayers who frequently didn't know that the deadlines were different.

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Sidney Kess Chairs NYS Society of CPA's Conference, The CPA as Financial Planner: Boosting Business, Building Value

Financial Planning giants, hand picked by nationally renowned tax expert Sid Kess, share their best-kept secrets on how to seamlessly integrate financial planning services in to your business. Sidney Kess facilitates as Chair of the NYS Society of CPA's conference, The CPA as Financial Planner: Boosting Business, Building Value from July 15-16, 2015.

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FATCA for Estate Planners: A Practical Approach

On Tuesday July 14, 2015, American Law Institute presents the audio webcast, FATCA for Estate Planners: A Practical Approach. Jerry August of Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP will facilitate the audio webcast as the Planning Chair and Megan L. Brackney will participate as a Faculty role for the conversation.

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Claude Millman and Caroline Rule authored a brief on behalf of Amici Curiae

Claude Millman and Caroline Rule authored a brief on behalf of Amici Curiae Amici brief  in support of the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission in Greater New York Taxi Assoc. v. New York City Taxi and Limousine Comm’n, __ N.Y.2d __ (June 25, 2015) N.Y. Ct. of Appeals decision, in which New York State’s highest court unanimously agreed with the Amici’s position that the TLC had authority to designate a single vehicle as the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” which must be purchased by nearly all taxi medallion holders.

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Megan L. Brackney presents, "White Collar Roundtable" at AFDA White Collar Roundtable

Megan L. Brackney presents a webinar on June 25,2015 for AFDA White Collar Roundtable, "White Collar Roundtable".

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Bryan C. Skarlatos was featured in the taxanalysis, Tax Notes Today, "News Analysis: Does the Rise of E-Filing Mean It's Time to Reexamine Boyle"

Speaking on a webcast on March 20 sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, Bryan C. Skarlatos of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP argued that the increase in e-filing and encouragement from the IRS to engage in the practice should mean new law for penalties applicable to late filings.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos Quoted in Tax Analysis, "Bitcoin Guidance Not Designed to Answer All Questions"

"I think that is one of the biggest challenges of bitcoin," said Bryan C. of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP. Some questions that arise are how to track each transaction; which bitcoin was used; what the basis in the bitcoin was; and what the fair market value was at the time of the exchange, he said.

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Megan L. Brackney mentioned in Tax Analyst, "New Analysis: Did You Really Mean to Hide Those Foreign Accounts?" June 5, 2015

At the June 5 New York University Tax Controversy Forum in New York, practitioners discussed with John McDougal, special trial attorney and division counsel with the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Division, and David Horton, director
(international individual compliance) in the IRS Large Business and International Division, how to navigate the now-perpetual IRS offshore voluntary disclosure program and the newer options. Larry A. Campagna of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry moderated a panel that included Megan L. Brackney of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP and Jeremy H. Temkin of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC.

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