DIVISION OF PROGRAMS IN BUSINESS

Tax Controversy Forum

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.

Content encompasses the timeline of controversy work—from planning for the examination of a return and audit and administrative appeals processes, to litigation techniques and strategies. Panelists representing both taxpayers and the government share views on the latest issues and perspectives on tax controversies. Attendees learn practical solutions and valuable insights from leading authorities from across the profession.

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.  

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS:

  • Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq., Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, New York, NY
  • Frank Agostino, Esq., President, Agostino & Associates, Hackensack, NJ

Featured Speaker:

  • The Honorable Charles P. Rettig, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, will deliver the keynote address at the 2022 14th Annual New York University Tax Controversy Forum.  Please join us to hear Commissioner Rettig’s comments on tax enforcement and priorities at the IRS.  

Other invited and confirmed government speakers include:

  • Jennifer Best, Director, Treaty and Transfer Pricing Operations, Large Business and International Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Erin M. Collins, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Thomas A. Cullinan, Acting Chief of Staff to the Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
  • Nikole Flax, Commissioner, Large Business and International Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Darren John Guillot, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Collection, Internal Revenue Service
  • Danielle Grimm, Special Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Judge Kathleen Kerrigan, Chief Judge Elect, United States Tax Court
  • Holly Paz, Deputy Commissioner, Large Business & International Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • James Robnett, Deputy Chief, Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service
  • Benjamin M. Swartz, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • Andy Keyso, Chief, IRS Independent Office of Appeals
  • Catherine Gugar, Associate Area Counsel, Large Business & International Division, Internal Revenue Service

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR’S FORUM!
Next year, the 15th Annual Tax Controversy Forum will take place on June 8-9, 2023 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.


The Tax Controversy Forum is hosted by NYU SPS and the Division of Programs in Business. We educate leaders in the functional areas of a business. Our portfolio of graduate, continuing education, and executive programs prepares students to drive innovative organizational and societal growth on a global scale.

As esteemed supporters of our conferences, we ask that you consider making a gift to support our division with a gift to our conference fund. A gift of any amount will make an immense impact on our cost to host our annual tax conferences each year, and also allows us to provide financial hardship discounts and scholarships to those attorneys and accountants that need assistance to cover the conference fees. 

DATE
June 23-24, 2022

TIME
All-Day

LOCATION
The Westin New York Grand Central

AUDIENCE
Public

COST
$1,095

CONTACT
Kathleen Costello
212-992-3320 OR SPS.TAX@NYU.EDU

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 in-person 2022 Forum will be available soon.

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 Westin New York Grand Central

The 2022 14th Annual Tax Controversy Forum will be held at the Westin New York Grand Central and is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan on 42nd Street adjacent to Grand Central Station. It is a short walk to nearby Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and major museums. To provide a quality Forum at the best possible cost, we have negotiated special room rates and have committed to a block of rooms at the Westin. We ask you to support our efforts by reserving your accommodations within the designated room block. Your support allows us to keep our registration fees reasonable.

For the 2022 conference, rooms are available at the group rate of $259. To make your reservation, call 212-490-8900 and identify yourself as attending the NYU conference. We urge you to make your hotel and travel plans early to avoid disappointment. Hotel rooms can sell out prior to the cut-off date. These rooms will be held as a block, unless exhausted, until June 1, 2022, at which time they will be released to the general public.
 

Hotel Information

Location Name:  The Westin New York Grand Central

Location Address:  212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

Location Phone Number:  212-490-8900

2021 Co-Chairs

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

Steven R. Toscher, Esq.
Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, PC, Beverly Hills, CA

2021 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

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

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