35th Annual Tax Controversy Conference



The Annual Tax Controversy Conference is the preeminent conference exclusively dedicated to tax controversy and tax litigation. The conference provides an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and often debate, sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience.


2018 Message from the Conference Chair


“For THIRTY-FOUR YEARS the Annual Tax Controversy Conference has been among the preeminent tax conferences in the United States exclusively dedicated to tax controversy and tax litigation! The conference enjoys national recognition in the field of tax controversy, representing a true partnership among members of the tax judiciary, government, and private tax practitioners. This year, I am honored and privileged to serve as Chair of The Annual Tax Controversy Conference! (more)

Steven Toscher, Esq., Conference Chair




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2019 Conference Agenda

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

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)

Judy McNamara, Director of Field Operations

Gloria Sullivan, Director Western Compliance

Practice Area in LB&I Division

Paul Zamolo, IRS Counsel (Invited)


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

Barbara Kaplan, Esq.

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)

Maria B. Dolan – IRS Executive Assistant, Technical

Stephen J. Turanchik, Esq.

Chris Campbell, Esq.


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

Judge Mary Ann Cohen, United States Tax Court

G. Michelle Ferreira, Esq.

Steven Jager, CPA


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

Introduction – Avram Salkin

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

Carolyn Schenck, IRS Counsel (Invited)

Igor Drabkin

Caroline Ciraolo, Eq.


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

Introduction —  Chad Nardiello, Esq.

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)

Darren Guillot, Deputy Commissioner for Collection   and Operations

Ronson J. Shamoun, Esq.

Joseph A. Broyles, Esq.

Introductions –

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

Nathan J. Hochman, Esq.,

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

Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.

Jean Song, Area Counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel

Marty Schainbaum, Esq.

Introductions –



A True Partnership in Learning

The Annual Tax Controversy Conference has gained unparalleled national recognition in the field of tax controversy, representing a true partnership among members of the tax judiciary, government, and private tax practitioners.

During the day-long conference, attendees have the opportunity to network with leading tax professionals and IRS representatives.


Conference Highlights

  • Attend high-quality keynote presentations and panel discussions to learn the latest trends and practices surrounding tax controversy issues
  • Convenient, day-long format held at the prestigious Beverly Hills Hotel that includes continental breakfast and evening reception
  • Annual Bruce I. Hochman Award Luncheon
  • In partnership with CalCPA, this conference is also available as a Webcast.
  • Conference fee discounts for CalCPA, NAEA, and FPA members as well as employer group discounts
  • Available MCLE, CPE, and Legal Specialist Educational Credit in Taxation Law


Who Will Attend

Tax Attorneys
Accountants, CPAs, & Enrolled Agents
Financial Advisors
Tax and Corporate Professionals
Accounting/Tax & Law Students


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