2019 Program Agenda


The Annual Tax Controversy Institute provides an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and debate, sometimes sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience. Highly regarded as a premiere annual industry event, the conference includes among its attendees leading tax attorneys, CPAs, financial professionals, and representatives from the IRS. We also welcome many of UCLA Extension instructors and students.

The 2019 Tax Controversy Institute will be held at the prestigious Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hill, California. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30am, with the conference program officially starting at 8:20am. An evening reception will be held at 5:00pm, immediately following the final panel presentation.


2019 Program At-A-Glance

Time Program Panelists
8:20 – 8:30 Opening Remarks Roger Torneden, Director of Business, Management and Legal Programs, UCLA Extension

Steven Toscher, Esq. Institute Chair, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C.

8:30 – 8:50 Morning Keynote–The Future of SBSE in Tax Enforcement Eric Hylton, SBSE Commissioner

Introduction—Mark Tracht, Exam Territory Manager, Southwest Area, Small Business/Self-Employed, Internal Revenue Service

8:50 – 9:40 The Growing Role of LB&I in Tax Enforcement—From Campaigns to Examinations—What Can we Expect Dennis Perez, Esq. (Moderator), Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher & Perez, P.C., Beverly Hills, CA

Helen Hubbard, Associate Chief Counsel, Financial Institutions & Products

Judy McNamara, Director of Field Operations, International Individual Compliance

Gloria Sullivan, Director Western Compliance Practice Area in LB&I Division

Paul Zamolo, IRS Counsel


9:40 – 10:30 The Taxpayer First Act – The Impact on IRS Appeals and Tax Enforcement Dennis Brager, Esq. (Moderator), Brager Tax Law Group

Barbara Kaplan, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Fred Ferrarin, Esq., Appeals Team Manager

Shelley Foster, Director Examination Appeals


10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 11:35 The Partnership Examination Process – It’s a New World Steve Mather, Esq. (Moderator), Mather Turanchik
Maria B. Dolan – IRS Executive Assistant, TechnicalStephen J. Turanchik, Esq., Attorney, Paul Hastings LLPChris Campbell, Esq., Principal, Deloitte Tax LLP


11:35 – 12:25 Emerging Issues Before the United States Tax Court A. Lavar Taylor, Esq. (Moderator), Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor, LLP

Hon. Mary Ann Cohen, Judge, United States Tax Court

Hans Famularo, Esq., Associate Area Counsel, SB/SE, IRS Office of Chief Counsel

G. Michelle Ferreira, Esq., Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Steven Jager, CPA, Partner, Fineman West & Company, LLP


12:25 – 2:15 Bruce I. Hochman Lunch Bruce I. Hochman Award Presentation

Chillin’ & Grillin’ Award

Keynote by IRS Commissioner

Charles P. Rettig

Bryan C.Skarlatos, Esq. Recipient, Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP

Introduction – Avram Salkin, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher & Perez, P.C.

2:15 – 3:05 International Enforcement – What’s Old, What’s New and What We Can Expect Frank Agostino, Esq. (Moderator), Principal, Agostino & Associates, PC

Carolyn Schenck, Assistant Division Counsel (International) SB/SE

Igor Drabkin, Principal, Holtz Slavett & Drabkin

Caroline Ciraolo, Esq., Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP


3:05 – 3:25 Afternoon Keynote – A View from the Chief Counsel’s Office Michael Desmond, IRS Chief Counsel

Introduction —  Chad Nardiello, Esq., Shareholder, Nardiello Law Firm, PC

3:25 – 3:45 BREAK
3:45 – 4:35 I Want My Passport Back – The Current State and Trends in IRS Collection David Lee Rice, Esq. (Moderator), David Lee Rice, APLC

Darren Guillot, Deputy Commissioner for Collection   and Operations

Ronson J. Shamoun, Esq., CEO & Principal, RJS Law

Joseph A. Broyles, Esq., Principal, The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.

Introductions –

4:35 – 5:35 IRS Criminal Investigations – The Use of Big Data and Deterrence to Achieve Voluntary Compliance Sandra R. Brown, Esq. (Moderator), Hochman Salkin Toscher & Perez, P.C.

Nathan J. Hochman, Esq., Partner, Browne George Ross LLP

Ryan L. Korner, Special Agent in Charge, IRS CI

Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq., Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP

Jean Song, Area Counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel

Marty Schainbaum, Esq., Martin A. Schainbaum, APLC

Introductions –

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