Division of Programs in Business
Tax Controversy Forum
DATE June 18-19, 2020
TIME 2PM–5PM EDT
LOCATION Online
AUDIENCE public
COST $0
Contact Kathleen Costello 212-992-3320 or sps.tax@nyu.edu
DATE June 18-19, 2020
TIME 2PM–5PM EDT
LOCATION Online
AUDIENCE public
Contact Kathleen Costello 212-992-3320 or sps.tax@nyu.edu
COST $0

The annual NYU School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum features interactive presentations delivered by expert practitioners who cover a broad range of issues regarding tax audits and tax litigation at all levels.

This year’s NYU Tax Controversy Forum will be produced remotely in a shortened format on Thursday and Friday June 18 and 19, 2020 and marks the beginning of the new NYU SPS Webinar Tax Series.

UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES NYU SPS WILL BRING THIS OFFERING TO YOU FOR FREE AND HAS WAIVED ALL REGISTRATION FEES!

After careful consideration, and to ensure the health and safety of conference attendees and panelists in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU SPS and the Forum’s Planning Committee have decided that this year’s Forum will be produced and delivered remotely via Zoom Webinar. We are very excited to announce that NYU SPS will offer all sessions for free.  THERE ARE NO REGISTRATION FEES!  The program is in development and will consist of 2 to 3 hours of panels on each of Thursday June 18 and Friday June 19.

This year’s NYU Tax Controversy Forum will feature updates on what the IRS is doing to enhance compliance through communication and enforcement.  Panels will highlight the new IRS focus on intra-agency collaboration, new initiatives with respect to penalties and fraud referrals, and IRS’ handling of tax collection challenges.  Tune in for free from your computer, at home or the office, to hear Tax Compliance and Procedure Updates from senior IRS personnel.

  • Erin M. Collins, Esq., National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Michael J. Desmond, Esq., Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Don Fort, CPA, Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Darren Guillot, Deputy Commissioner, Small Business/Self Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service   
  • Eric Hylton, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Andrew Keyso, Jr., Esq., Chief, Independent Office of Appeals, Internal Revenue Service
  • Sunita Lough, Esq., Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service
  • Paul J. Mamo, Director, Collection, Internal Revenue Service
  • Douglas W. O’Donnell, CPA, Commissioner, Large Business & International Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Tamera Ripperda, CPA , Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, Internal Revenue Service

Registration for the Online Tax Series will be available shortly. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES WITH DETAILS ON TOPICS, TIMES AND LOG-IN INFORMATION.  

NYU SPS WEBINAR TAX SERIES
To support and serve the NYU Tax Community, NYU SPS is developing a new series of tax webinars, and this year’s Tax Controversy Forum on June 18-19, 2020 is the first of several complimentary virtual events that NYU SPS will produce and deliver over the summer.  Additional sessions will follow weekly (excluding the week of June 29-July 3) concluding on July 30.  This is an exceptional way to learn what the IRS is doing, stay current on recent developments, and fulfill your CLE and CPE requirements over the summer!  More information will be forthcoming shortly. 

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR’S FORUM!
Next year, the 13th Annual Tax Controversy Forum will take place live and in person on June 24-25, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, and will feature the same powerful and thought-provoking content that is so critical to those who attend the Forum each year.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

For information on becoming a Conference Sponsor or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Kathleen Costello at 212-992-3320 or sps.tax@nyu.edu.

Agenda

The NYU School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum brings together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to compare perspectives on a variety of topics involving federal tax audits, appeals, and litigation. 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.

Enforcement is an essential part of our federal tax system. The Tax Controversy Forum is an opportunity to stay current on new developments, exchange ideas, and share practice tips, which can contribute to a better functioning system.

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 who are involved in planning and transactional work and who could benefit from a better understanding of the implications of their work for audit defense.

The Agenda for the 2021 Forum will be available March 2021.

The NYU School of Professional Studies thanks the following sponsors for their contribution to the continued success of the Tax Controversy Forum.

2019 Sponsors

Program Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

For information on becoming a Conference Sponsor or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Kathleen Costello at 212-992-3320 or sps.tax@nyu.edu.

The Crowne Plaza Times Square

The 13th Annual Tax Controversy Forum will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. Located in the heart of Times Square, at 1605 Broadway and 49th Street, the Crowne Plaza is ideally situated in the Theater District, and is in walking distance of many of the City's top restaurants and tourist attractions. Hotel accommodations also will be available at the Crowne Plaza. Please check back in early 2021 for further details.

Hotel Info
The Crowne Plaza Times Square 1605 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 888-233-9527 The Crowne Plaza The Crowne Plaza Times Square (Opens in a new tab)
Hotel Info
Location Name: The Crowne Plaza Times Square Location Address: 1605 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 Location Phone Number: 888-233-9527 The Crowne Plaza The Crowne Plaza Times Square (Opens in a new tab)

2019 Co-Chairs

Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.
Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, New York, NY

David D. Aughtry, Esq.
Shareholder, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, PC, Atlanta, GA

2019 Planning Committee

The Tax Controversy Forum Planning Committee is composed of renowned practitioners whose expertise spans a broad range of issues relating to tax auditing and tax litigation at all levels.

Chair

Sidney Kess, CPA, J.D., LL.M.
Of Counsel, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, New York, NY

Howard J. Berman, Esq.

Managing Director, Tax Controversy Services, Deloitte Tax, New York, NY

 

Kevin Brown, Esq.

Principal Leader, Tax Controversy and Regulatory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington, DC

 

Sandra R. Brown, Esq.

Principal, PC, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, PC, Beverly Hills, CA

 

N. Jerold Cohen, Esq.

Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US), Atlanta, GA

 

Steven Dean, Esq.

Professor of Tax Law; Faculty Director, Graduate Tax Program, NYU School of Law, New York, NY

 

Eli J. Dicker, Esq.

Executive Director, Tax Executives Institute, Washington, DC

 

Daniel A. Dumezich

National Leader of Federal Tax Controversy Services, Deloitte Tax, Chicago, IL

 

John Gamino, CPA, Esq.

Clinical Professor, Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX

Gersham Goldstein, Esq.

Stoel Rives, Portland, OR

 

Armando Gomez, Esq.

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Washington, DC

 

Eric L. Green, Esq.

Partner, Green & Sklarz, New Haven, CT

 

Brian R. Harris, Esq.

Partner, Akerman, Tampa, FL

 

Lawrence M. Hill, Esq.

Partner, Winston & Strawn, New York, NY

 

Alan M. Katz, CPA, CFF

Senior Forensic Auditor, Monitoring and Investigations Practice, Guidepost Solutions, New York, NY

 

Kathryn Keneally, Esq.

Partner, Jones Day, New York, NY

 

Mark E. Matthews, Esq.

Member, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, Washington, DC

 

Sharon L. McCarthy, Esq.

Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, New York, NY

Scott D. Michel, Esq.

Member, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, Washington, DC

 

Charles J. (Chad) Muller, III, Esq.

Shareholder, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, PC, San Antonio, TX

 

Ellis L. Reemer, Esq.

Partner, DLA Piper (US), New York, NY

 

Leon M. Reimer, CPA

Partner, Citrin Cooperman, New York, NY

 

Martin A. Schainbaum, Esq.

Principal, Martin A. Schainbaum, P.L.C., San Francisco, CA

 

David A. Shuster, Esq.

Principal, International Tax; Director of Tax Controversy Services, Friedman, New York, NY

 

Robert E. Spierer, CPA, MBA

Partner, Perelson Weiner, New York, NY

 

Josh O. Ungerman, Esq., CPA

Partner, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, Dallas, TX