June 10, 2019

NYU School of Professional Studies to Host 11th Annual Tax Controversy Forum on June 20-21 in New York City

NEW YORK, June 10, 2019— On June 20-21, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Division of Programs in Business Finance, Law, and Taxation programs will host the 11th Annual Tax Controversy Forum at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. The Forum features interactive presentations delivered by representatives from the government and expert private practitioners who cover a broad range of issues regarding tax audits, appeals, and litigations at all levels.

This year’s Tax Controversy Forum will feature keynote addresses by Charles P. Rettig, Esq., Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), on the State of the IRS (Thursday, June 20); Nina E. Olson, Esq., National Taxpayer Advocate, IRS, on the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate - 20 Years Later (Friday, June 21); and Michael R. Schmidt, Commissioner Nominee, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, on the State of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Friday, June 21).

“Over the past couple of years, there have been major changes in the tax law that will have a significant impact on businesses and organizations,” said Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq., the Forum co-chair and a partner at Kostelanetz & Fink LLP. “At this year’s Forum, our expert moderators and participants will lead timely discussions in several important areas related to these tax reforms for those advising clients, handling tax controversies, and making tax-related business decisions over the next 12 months.”

The Forum, also co-chaired by David D. Aughtry, Esq., partner at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, 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.

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

Panel Discussion and Breakout Session Highlights include:

  • Tax Compliance and Enforcement Updates
  • Rock-Partnership Representative-Hard Place
  • Areas of Controversy Under the TCJA
  • What’s New at LB&I: Key Developments and Initiatives
  • Litigating Foreign Asset Reporting Tax Penalties: The Controversies Continue
  • Following the Money: The Ins and Outs of Construction Industry Audits and Investigations
  • How Well Do Your Secrets Travel? Understanding the Scope of Privileges in Cross-Border Audits and Investigations
  • Out of Time, Out of Luck? How to Request Relief For a Late or Missed Election
  • Why Do I Owe Tax When It’s Not My Money? Withholding on Payments to Foreign Persons

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

Panelists include:

  • Marc L. Caine, Esq., Senior Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, IRS
  • Thomas Teige Carroll, Esq., Chief, Taxpayer Protection Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General
  • Joseph A. Carzo, Director, Audit Division, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
  • Mark F. Daly, Esq., Litigation Counsel, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Michael J. Desmond, Esq., Chief Counsel, IRS
  • The Honorable Maurice B. Foley, Chief Judge, United States Tax Court
  • Mary Ellen Ladouceur, Esq., Principal Attorney, Transaction Tax Practice Group, Office of Counsel, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
  • Paul J. Mamo, Director, Collection, IRS
  • Mary Beth Murphy, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, IRS
  • Douglas W. O’Donnell, CPA, Commissioner, Large Business & International Division, IRS
  • Burton T. Ryan, Jr., Esq., Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
  • Christopher L. Shott, Esq., Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Large Business & International Division, IRS
  • Mary I. Slonina, Esq., Director, Tax Controversy and Regulatory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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

For the second consecutive year, a special feature of two days of problem-solving sessions has been added to the agenda. Participants can bring a power of attorney and address their clients’ concerns in person with representatives of the IRS and New York City Taxpayer Advocates.

The NYUSPS Tax Controversy Forum takes place on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 or Michael DeMeo at michael.demeo@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 (NYUSPS) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges—each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYUSPS arises from its place as the NYU home for industry-focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields, in which the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs that span a broad range of disciplines including: Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film, and TV; Economic and Urban Development; English Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Event Management; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Capital Analytics and Technology; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Global Sport; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 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 nearly 5,400 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 over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 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.

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