NYU School of Professional Studies to Host Annual Tax Controversy Forum on June 21-22, Delving Deep into Industry Issues and Changes

Tax Experts From the Government and From Corporate and Private Practice will Discuss Major Disruptors, With Sessions Addressing Tax Whistleblowers, Offshore Assets, Cryptocurrency, and the Role of the Press in Tax Compliance

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NEW YORK, June 12, 2018—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Division of Programs in Business Finance, Law, and Taxation programs will host the 10th Annual Tax Controversy Forum on Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. The Forum will bring together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to compare perspectives on a variety of topics involving federal tax audits, appeals, and litigation.

“Given the enormous and important changes taking place in the industry, the deep discussions occurring at this year’s forum are more timely than ever. They are critical for those who are advising clients, overseeing businesses, and making decisions that will need to be based upon the new tax reforms,” asserted Bryan Skarlatos, Esq., who is a forum co-chair and a partner at Kostelanetz & Fink, New York, NY.   

The Forum covers a wide range of controversy work, from procedural seminars to substantive programs, international issues, ethical problems, current enforcement initiatives, sensitive audits, and civil and criminal tax penalties.

Panel Discussions Include:

  • Tax Whistleblowers: An Important Tool of Tax Enforcement or a Difficult Problem for the Government?
  • The Future is Now: What to Watch Out for Under the New Partnership Audit Rules
  • Is Cryptocurrency the New Foreign Account and How Will the IRS Respond?
  • Litigation in the News: The Role of the Press in Tax Compliance and Enforcement
  • Penalties for Failure to Report Foreign Assets: The Differences Between a Huge Problem and an Innocent Oversight
  • May I have my Money Back Now Please? The Legal Landscape Overseas and Strategies to Navigate International Asset Seizures
  • Ethical Issues on the Road from Exam to Tax Court

A roster of top legal, tax, and government professionals will offer their expertise and diverse perspectives on issues that are at the very forefront of the industry and the news.

Panelists include:

  • Don Fort, Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Barbara B. Franklin, Esq., Deputy Division Counsel (Operations), Large Business & International Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Diana Leyden, Special Trial Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC
  • Paul J. Mamo, Director, Collection, Internal Revenue Service
  • Lee D. Martin, PMP, Director, Whistleblower Office, Internal Revenue Service
  • The Honorable L. Paige Marvel, Judge, United States Tax Court
  • Thomas MacDonald, Chief of Operations, Treasury, New Jersey Division of Taxation, Trenton, NJ
  • Mary Beth Murphy, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Nina E. Olson, Esq., National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Walter Pagano, CPA, CFE, CFF, Partner, Tax Controversy Practice Leader, Forensic Accountant and Litigation Consultant, EisnerAmper, New York
  • William Wilkins, Esq., Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington, DC
  • Rosemary Sereti, MST, CPA, Managing Director, Washington National Tax, Tax Controversy Services, Deloitte Tax, Washington, DC
  • Drita Tonuzi, Esq., Deputy Chief Counsel (Operations), Internal Revenue Service
  • Richard E. Zuckerman, Esq., Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, US Department of Justice, NY

For a complete list of panels and panelists, visit sps.nyu.edu/taxcontroversy.

A special feature added this year is two days of problem-solving sessions. Participants can bring a power of attorney and address their clients’ concerns in person with representatives of the Internal Revenue Service and New York State Taxpayers Advocates.

The Forum is designed for accountants, attorneys, enrolled agents, in-house practitioners, and tax professionals at all levels who prepare for or handle audits, appeals, or tax litigation, as well as those involved in planning and transactional work. Participants qualify for CPE and CLE credits.

The NYUSPS Tax Controversy Forum takes place on Thursday- Friday, June 21-22, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Costello at 212-992-3320 or email sps.tax@nyu.edu.

For media inquiries, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYUSPS Department of Finance and Law Programs

The NYUSPS Department of Finance and Law Programs has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. The NYU School of Professional Studies Department of Finance and Law Programs is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 26,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.