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
|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.
|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