As part of Kostelanetz & Fink’s commitment to pro bono work and giving back to the tax community, K&F partners Megan Brackney, Yoram Keinan, Bryan Skarlatos, and Michael Sardar were proud to participate in the most recent IRS Virtual Settlement Conferences in coordination with the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel on July 28 and 30, 2020.
Bryan Skarlatos Participated in the Fifth Annual USD School of Law - RJS Law Tax Controversy Virtual Institute Panel on July 17, 2020
Bryan Skarlatos participated in this year’s USD School of Law – RJS Law Tax Controversy Institute, which was held virtually July 17, 2020, 10:30am - 2:35 pm (PST).
The region's top tax attorneys, government agency officials, and law school professors discussed topics including handling tax controversy during COVID- 19, fraud enforcement and criminal investigations. Mr. Skarlatos participated on a panel entitled, “IRS New Emphasis on Fraud Enforcement and Criminal Investigation.”
Bryan C. Skarlatos participated in a panel entitled “Balancing Tax Planning, Advocacy, and Professional Ethics: The Rules That Every Tax Advisor Should Know" at the Tax Planning for Partnerships 2020 web conference for PLI on May 14, 2020
Bryan C. Skarlatos and Bradley M. Seltzer reviewed the ethical rules related to advising clients on transactions involving partnerships and other passthrough entities, using a real-life hypothetical, including tax motivated transactions, and the pitfalls encountered by the advisor at every stage – from the planning of the transaction, to providing tax opinions and recommending return positions, to dealing with the IRS in audit; ethical rules covered include standards derived from the Internal Revenue Code, Circular 230, the AICPA Statements on Standards for Tax Services, and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Chambers USA Recognizes K&F and Five Attorneys as Leaders in Tax Controversy And White-Collar Defense
“One of the Top Tax Boutiques in the Country,”
“A Deep Bench and a Stellar Reputation”
NEW YORK, NY (May 5, 2020) – Kostelanetz & Fink LLP is pleased to share that Chambers and Partners has recognized the firm and five attorneys in its 2020 USA Guide in the areas of tax controversy, tax fraud, tax law, and white-collar defense and government investigations. Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across all the United States of America through assessment of a firm’s work and opinions from external market sources, with an emphasis on client feedback.
Caroline D. Ciraolo and Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Tax Notes article entitled "Texas Law Firm Must Comply With IRS John Doe Summons"
Caroline D. Ciraolo and Bryan C. Skarlatos were quoted in Tax Notes article entitled "Texas Law Firm Must Comply With IRS John Doe Summons,” regarding a recent Fifth Circuit ruling upholding an order “requiring a Texas law firm to turn over information on clients with offshore structures in response to an IRS John Doe summons,” according to the article.
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in New York Times article entitled "From Afar, a Fugitive in the Knoedler Art Fraud Gives His Defense"
Kostelanetz & Fink partner Bryan Skarlatos was quoted and his photograph was featured in the New York Times this weekend regarding an art fraud case that has been described as “one of the largest art world scandals of recent times.” Mr. Skarlatos represents one of the co-conspirators in the case.
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Law360 Tax Authority article entitled "New Exec Could Help IRS Efficiently Tamp Down Tax Schemes"
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Law360 Tax Authority article entitled "New Exec Could Help IRS Efficiently Tamp Down Tax Schemes,” which explores how the “creation of a tax scheme promoter investigation coordinator role and a new fraud enforcement unit could help the cash-strapped agency more efficiently police tax schemes by conserving resources.”
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Law360 Tax Authority article entitled "Tax Pros Fear IRS Appeals Cases May Suffer During Pandemic"
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Law360 Tax Authority article entitled "Tax Pros Fear IRS Appeals Cases May Suffer During Pandemic." The article notes that IRS Appeals cases may be impacted by the inability of Appeals employees to hold face-to-face meetings during the coronavirus pandemic, among other constraints on the office.
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Law360 Tax Authority article entitled "Pandemic Payment Program Will Add Nonfilers To IRS Rolls"
Bryan C. Skarlatos quoted in Law360 Tax Authority article entitled "Pandemic Payment Program Will Add Nonfilers To IRS Rolls," which explored the effects the coronavirus-related stimulus payments may have on the IRS’s ability to “to collect substantially more revenue in the future from individuals who had previously stayed below its radar.”