NYU-SCPS Tax Controversy Forum: Professional Responsibility, Enforcement Paramount to Federal Tax System

Second Annual Conference Will Focus on Audit Avoidance and Enforcement of Tax Codes, June 18, 2010

NEW YORK, NY - April 7, 2010 - The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business (http://www.scps.nyu.edu/business) announced today that it will gather thought leaders in the tax policy and preparation field to address one of the chief worries for any taxpayer, individual or corporate:  how do we get our filings right, and avoid audits?

The Second Annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum will bring together government officials and expert private practitioners to discuss a broad range of topics centered on federal tax audits, appeals, and litigation. Panels will cover anticipating and planning for the examination of a return through resolution of all unagreed issues; strategies for dealing with new return filing requirements, handling audits, and contesting the assertion of penalties; what judges look for in the courtroom; and the willfulness requirement in criminal tax evasion cases.

The keynote address will be delivered by William Wilkins, chief counsel at the Internal Revenue Service and assistant counsel to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Panelists include Byron Christensen, advisor to the Office of Tax Policy at the Department of the Treasury; Diana Wollman, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP; Susan Mann, manager of foreign payments for the Small and Mid-Sized Business division of the Internal Revenue Service; and James Halpern, judge of the United States Tax Court, among others.

The day-long conference will be held at the Westin New York at Times Square on Friday, June 18, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Attendees may be eligible for CPE and CLE credits.
Registration costs $495 ($295 for government officials), and can be completed online at www.scps.nyu.edu/taxcontroversy.

Media only: Your editors and correspondents may attend free of charge.  Please contact Cheryl Guevara (cheryl.guevara@nyu.edu) or Keith Campbell (kcampbell@schwartz.com) for media credentials.