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Megan L. Brackney and Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in "Partnership Audit Regime Creates Liability Issues for Reps" , Tax Notes

The vast power given to partnership representatives under the centralized audit regime could make them the target of lawsuits, particularly if partners aren’t kept informed about audits.

Limited partners left in the dark could sue representatives under various theories of liability if they’re hit with a surprise tax bill, but succeeding on those claims could be difficult.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo presented the keynote address "Update From Washington, D.C." at the 37th Annual International Tax Conference of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Tax Section of the Florida Bar

The panel included Richard E. Zuckerman | Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Matters and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division.

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Kostelanetz & Fink Elevates Michael Sardar to Partner

NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2018) -- Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce that Michael Sardar has been named a partner in the firm.  Mr. Sardar joined Kostelanetz & Fink’s New York office in 2009.   Mr. Sardar handles a wide variety of tax controversy and white collar criminal defense matters.  He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, state tax authorities, the Department of Justice, and local prosecutors.

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Christopher Ferguson presented "Handling An Eggshell Audit" at the Zicklin School of Business Executive Taxation Series Seminar

The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College offers Continuing Professional Education (CPE) tax seminars previously administered by Financial Accounting Practitioners. 

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Michael Sardar presented the CPE/CLE Course: Taxpayers Without Records

Course Description

This course covered issues that arise for the tax-preparer when working with clients who don’t have adequate records. Schedule C pitfalls, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), use of reconstructions and estimates, the Cohan rule, and the AICPA Statement on Standards with respect to the use of estimates. This session covered tips and ideas on how to handle such issues from tax-return preparation through audit.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in "International Tax Cases To Watch In 2019", Law360

The Internal Revenue Service is facing several high-stakes cases in the coming year that concern whether the agency abused its discretion in reallocating income to U.S. entities from their foreign affiliates.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos moderated the panel titled "Your Case In The News: How The Government And Taxpayers Work With The Media" at the 35th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and 8th Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy

What do you do with a case that is or will be high profile? How do you deal with the press and publicity specialists? What messages do you want out in the public? What are the ethical limitations? Attendees produced a lively discussion on these topics.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in "Tips on Deciding Which Tax-Filing Status Is Best for You", The Wall Street Journal

For most taxpayers, the answer probably seems obvious. But for some, it can be surprisingly tricky to determine which tax-filing status will hold the most advantages.

The choices may involve more thought and number-crunching than might be apparent at first glance. A few issues may be important for some taxpayers to consider before New Year’s Day because of tax-law changes enacted late last year and other factors.

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Sidney Kess quoted in "Tips on Deciding Which Tax-Filing Status Is Best for You", The Wall Street Journal

For most taxpayers, the answer probably seems obvious. But for some, it can be surprisingly tricky to determine which tax-filing status will hold the most advantages.

The choices may involve more thought and number-crunching than might be apparent at first glance. A few issues may be important for some taxpayers to consider before New Year’s Day because of tax-law changes enacted late last year and other factors.

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Megan L. Brackney presented the CPE/CLE Course: International Foreign Information Return Penalties

This program covered the basic requirements for reporting non-U.S. assets, and then discussed the penalties for failure to file these foreign information returns, the procedures for assessment and review, and taxpayer defenses.

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