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Jerald David August Presented, "Planning for Single Member Entities and Hybrids" at 2015 Zicklin Tax Seminar Series

On October 20th, 2015, Jerald David August presented "Planning for Single Member Entities and Hybrids" at the Zicklin Tax Seminar Series.

The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College offers Continuing Professional Education (CPE) tax seminars previously administered by Financial Accounting Practitioners. Through the Zicklin Tax Seminar Series, Baruch provides alumni and other members of the tax community with an opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of CPE in taxation over the course of three seminars.

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Megan L. Brackney Presented, "Fixing Common Tax Problems" at the 2015 Zicklin Tax Seminar Series

On October 20, 2015, Megan L Brackney presented "Fixing Common Tax Problems" at the 2015 Zicklin Tax Seminar 2. Through the Zicklin Tax Series, Baruch provides alumni and other members of the tax community with an opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of CPE in taxation over the course of three seminars.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos Mentioned in The Straits Times Article, "More Swiss banks ink amnesty pacts with US"

WASHINGTON • Once bastions of secrecy, 41 Swiss banks signed amnesty agreements with the US Justice Department this year, requiring them to reveal how they helped wealthy Americans cheat on their taxes.

The banks - required to disclose tricks they used to help customers hide assets, name bankers and middlemen who enabled them and detail the flow of untaxed money - have also prodded thousands of reluctant Americans to disclose accounts hidden from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Kostelanetz & Fink LLP Sponsored CityLaw Breakfast

On October 09, 2015, Bryan C Skarlatos presented "Aggressive IRS Audit Techniques - Tales from the Trenches" at ABA Section of Taxation 2015 Joint Fall CLE  Meeting.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos Mentioned in Bloomberg Article, "U.S. Chases Swiss Bank Secrets to Singapore and Israel"

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Dozens of banks signed amnesty agreements disclosing tactics, providing prosecutors with valuable information

At a rate of one or two a week, Swiss banks are doing what was once unthinkable: revealing to the world how they helped wealthy Americans cheat on their taxes.

Once bastions of secrecy, 41 Swiss banks signed amnesty agreements this year with the U.S. Justice Department that required disclosing the tricks they used to help customers hide assets, naming bankers and middlemen who enabled them and detailing the flow of untaxed money. They’ve also prodded thousands of reluctant Americans to disclose accounts hidden from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Megan L. Brackney Presented, "Ethics: Fixing Common Tax Problems" For ALI 2 day webcast

Megan L. Brackney presented an ethics-based course, "Fixing Common Tax Problems", on October 8, 2015, for the first day of the two-day ALI event, Handling a Tax Controversy 2015: Current Trends in Civil Tax Controversies and Litigation.

The trusted tool for tax practitioners, Handling a Tax Controversy 2015 provides insights and practical strategies on all aspects of handling federal tax controversies. The outstanding faculty - including U.S. Tax Court judges, current and former senior government officials, and top U.S. and foreign tax controversy practitioners - explores the following topics and more: 

  •  Current issues at IRS examinations and appeals
  •  Future of international information sharing
  •  Handling FOIA requests and litigation
  •  Current issues in TEFRA partnership exams
  •  Courtroom technology strategies and expert witness tactics
  •  Litigating FBAR and tax fraud cases in U.S. District Court
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Kostelanetz & Fink Partner Sharon L. McCarthy Inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers

Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP proudly announces that Sharon L. McCarthy has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (“the College”), one of the premier legal associations in North America.

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A Pig Story, Belize Banks and Questions About U.S. Tax Evaders

By Jesse Drucker

It’s not just about the pig’s head.

Britain’s headline writers went into high porcine pun mode last month over a suggestion that Prime Minister David Cameron, while still in university, had taken part in a club-initiation ritual that bizarrely incorporated part of a pig carcass. The second-hand allegation appears in a take-down book about Britain’s Conservative party leader that will arrive early next week, co-written by a U.K. billionaire who helped fuel Cameron’s rise to power.

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Jerald David August Presents, "Required Disclosures of Potential Tax Liabilities to IRS and on Corporate Financial Statements" for the American Law Instituted Via Webcast

Jerald David August recently moderated and presented on the topic of "Required Disclosures of Potential Tax Liabilities to IRS and on Corporate Financial Statements" for the American Law Institute webcast on September 30, 2015. Mr. August spoke on "uncertain tax positions", tax opinions and the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine on tax litigation matters related to tax accrual work papers and ASC 740-10 (FIN 48) work papers. 

This webinar is now available on demand. If you would like to look at the program brochure please visit www.ali-cle.org

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Michael Sardar presented "IRS/NYS Tax Audits and Collection Procedure 101: What Non-Tax Lawyers Need to Know" at the NYCLA CLE on Tax Practice and Procedure

On September 21, 2015, the NYCLA hosted a CLE program on Tax Practice and Procedure. Most non-tax attorneys shudder at the thought of their clients being the subject of a tax audit or a collection procedure. Yet there are many basic issues, recordkeeping steps and business practices all attorneys should familiarize themselves with when advising clients. In addition, knowing a taxpayer’s basic rights and the audit procedure, including the significance of the initial audit letter, how to respond and how to defend, will help ease the process for your clients, as well as alert them to when hiring a tax professional is needed.

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