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Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties 2014: A Primer on the Standards, Procedures and Defenses Relating to Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties

Released on: Mar. 24, 2014
Running Time: 06:34:38

Running Time Segment Title Faculty Format
[01:59:55] Delinquency & Accuracy-Related Penalties Lisa Flores ~ Deputy Area Counsel (Strategic Litigation); LB&I, Area 1 (Financial Services), Internal Revenue Service
Monica E Koch ~ Associate Area Counsel (Small Business/Self-Employed); Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Bryan C. Skarlatos ~ Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
Barbara T. Kaplan ~ Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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[01:01:53] But It's Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses Kathleen M Pakenham ~ Cooley LLP
Roland Barral ~ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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[01:30:08] Reportable Transaction & Foreign Asset Reporting Penalties Maria T Stabile ~ Associate Area Counsel (LB&I, Financial Services), Internal Revenue Service
Ian M Comisky ~ Blank Rome LLP
Joan C Arnold ~ Pepper Hamilton LLP
Megan L Brackney ~ Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
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[01:01:55] Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards Professor Linda Galler ~ Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Harry Ballan ~ Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
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[00:59:37] Crossing the Line: Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud Bryan C. Skarlatos ~ Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
David B Massey ~ Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
Frank Agostino ~ Agostino & Associates, P.C.
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The number of tax penalties assessed by the Internal Revenue Service has increased dramatically over the past several years. For example, assessments of accuracy-related penalties against individuals and corporations rose from 59,708 in 2005 to 472,961 in 2010, a nearly 800% increase! At the same time, the Internal Revenue Service is focusing more than ever before on the conduct of professionals, through return preparer penalties, Circular 230 enforcement and even criminal prosecutions. Sophisticated and responsible practitioners engaged in tax planning or tax controversies must understand where the lines are drawn and consider application of penalties when appropriate. However, accounting and law school tax classes rarely focus on penalties, leaving practitioners to pick up the relevant standards and procedures from the trial and error of daily practice.

This seminar is a unique opportunity to review the various tax penalties that can be imposed, the standards and transactions that can trigger penalties and sanctions, the procedures the Internal Revenue Service must follow to assess penalties and the defenses that can be asserted. We have assembled an expert faculty of experienced private practitioners and government representatives to explain how penalties work, why they are assessed and how you can protect yourself and your clients.

Lecture Topics 
[Total time 06:34:38]

Segments with an asterisk (*) are available only with the purchase of the entire program.

  • Introduction and Opening Remarks* [00:01:10]
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • Delinquency & Accuracy-Related Penalties [01:59:55]
    Monica E. Koch, Lisa Flores, Barbara T. Kaplan, Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • But It's Not My Fault: Reasonable Cause Defenses [01:01:53]
    Roland Barral, Kathleen M. Pakenham
  • Reportable Transaction & Foreign Asset Reporting Penalties [01:30:08]
    Joan C. Arnold, Megan L. Brackney, Ian M. Comisky, Maria T. Stabile
  • Special Rules for the Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards [01:01:55]
    Harry Ballan, Professor Linda Galler
  • Crossing the Line: Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud [00:59:37]
    Bryan C. Skarlatos, Frank Agostino, David B. Massey

The purchase price of this Web Program includes the following articles from the Course Handbook available online:

  • Delinquency Penalties
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • Accuracy Related Penalties
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • Reasonable Cause
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • Reportable Transaction Penalties
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • Foreign Financial Asset Penalties
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • Special Rules for Tax Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards
    Professor Linda Galler
  • Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud
    Kathleen M. Pakenham
  • Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud
    Frank Agostino
  • Special Rules for Tax Professionals: Return Preparer Penalties and Ethical Standards (PowerPoint Slides)
    Harry Ballan, Professor Linda Galler

Presentation Material

  • Accuracy-Related Penalties
    Lisa Flores, Barbara T. Kaplan
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Delinquency Penalties
    Bryan C. Skarlatos
  • But It's Not My Fault
    Roland Barral, Kathleen M. Pakenham
  • Reportable Transaction & Foreign Asset Reporting Penalties
    Joan C. Arnold
  • Reportable Transactions
    Megan L. Brackney, Maria T. Stabile
  • Reportable Transactions
    Joan C. Arnold, Ian M. Comisky
  • Special Rules for Tax Professionals
    Harry Ballan, Professor Linda Galler
  • Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud
    Frank Agostino
Chairperson(s)
Bryan C. Skarlatos ~ Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
Speaker(s)
Frank Agostino ~ Agostino & Associates, P.C.
Joan C. Arnold ~ Pepper Hamilton LLP
Harry Ballan ~ Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Roland Barral ~ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Megan L. Brackney ~ Kostelanetz & Fink LLP
Ian M. Comisky ~ Blank Rome LLP
Lisa Flores ~ Deputy Area Counsel (Strategic Litigation); LB&I, Area 1 (Financial Services), Internal Revenue Service
Professor Linda Galler ~ Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Barbara T. Kaplan ~ Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Monica E. Koch ~ Associate Area Counsel (Small Business/Self-Employed); Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
David B. Massey ~ Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
Kathleen M. Pakenham ~ Cooley LLP
Maria T. Stabile ~ Associate Area Counsel (LB&I, Financial Services), Internal Revenue Service

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