NEW YORK (August 15, 2019) — Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce that The Best Lawyers in America has recognized six of its attorneys in its 2020 edition. The Best Lawyers in America (2020 edition), released August 15, 2019, recognizes the firm’s attorneys in the areas of Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law, Commercial Litigation, and Criminal Defense: White Collar. The annual list is based on a peer review process and reflects the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their peers within the same geographical regions and practice areas, according to the Best Lawyers website.
Caroline D. Ciraolo moderated a panel titled "Ethical Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them When Representing Clients in IRS Collections and Audits," at the University of San Diego School of Law - RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute 2019
The Institute is the premier tax controversy event in San Diego. The region's top tax attorneys, CPAs, and law/business school professors discussed topics including passthrough planning, Wayfair, ethical pitfalls to avoid in practice, and employee classification issues in California.
CAROLINE D. CIRAOLO AND BRYAN C. SKARLATOS PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL ON "IRS CONTROVERSIES" AT THE AICPA ENGAGE 2019 CONFERENCE
As IRS enforcement becomes more automated, the need for trained representatives who know what to do and when to do it has never been greater. This panel covered the mechanics of representing taxpayers before the IRS, including exam and collections, so that attendees can identify and understand when taxpayers need help, and how to go about the process of helping them resolve their IRS issue.
1) Explain the process for challenging an exam issue with the IRS
2) Understand the IRS collection process
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Caroline D. Ciraolo moderated the panel titled "The Current State Of The IRS, Personal Income Tax Committee" at the New York City Bar
For years Congress has asked the IRS to do more with less. Notwithstanding budget cuts, the Service remains responsible for, among other things, civil and criminal tax enforcement and assisting millions of taxpayers comply with their legal obligations. This Town Hall addressed how fiscal constraints affect the IRS’s ability to execute its mission. Caroline Ciraolo, the former Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice's Tax Division, moderated a discussion of the Service’s current enforcement priorities as well as its efforts to assist taxpayers and taxpayer representatives facing bureaucratic hurdles and complex tax issues.
Caroline D. Ciraolo and Megan L. Brackney participated in the panel titled "Are Your Secrets Safe? A Discussion Of The Scope, Application And Protection Of Legal Privileges In The US And Abroad" at the ABA Section of Taxation, May Tax Meeting
Information is power and, in civil audits and criminal investigations, the government seeks to identify and obtain as much information as possible. To the extent such information falls within a recognized legal privilege, it is up to counsel for the taxpayer or target to timely and properly assert the applicable privilege and defend that privilege if the government seeks to compel production. This panel of experienced tax litigation and controversy attorneys addressed the common privileges that arise in tax matters, the holder and scope of those privileges, the extent to which such privileges can be waived or set aside, and how to navigate these waters in foreign jurisdictions and cross-border investigations.