LOS ANGELES, Calif.—This year’s virtual Tax Controversy Institute on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, presented by UCLA Extension, will offer insights from IRS leadership about priorities and initiatives and guidance and the best practices by top practitioners. The Tax Controversy Institute is known for covering the most current legal issues and sensitive tax practice problems confronting tax practitioners. This year’s keynote speaker is Charles P. Rettig, 49th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

According to Steven Toscher, Institute Chair, and Managing Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C, “The Institute carries on its long tradition of top practitioners and leading Government representatives meeting and discussing current issues of importance in a collegial setting to advance the common interests of fair tax enforcement and administration.”

A conversation with James Lee, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Division, opens the conference. As Chief, Lee leads the IRS’s criminal enforcement efforts to investigate tax code violations and other related financial crimes such as money laundering, public corruption, cybercrimes, identity theft, narcotics, and terrorist-financing.

Moderated panels address employment tax enforcement, high income non-filers, high wealth examinations tax practice issues due to COVID-19, cannabis tax examinations, the new Office of Fraud Enforcement and criminal investigations.

Larry Campagna is this year’s recipient of the Bruce I. Hochman Award, presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding proficiency in the field of tax law and best exemplify the principles personified by Mr. Hochman, a leading tax attorney for over 40 years, specializing in civil and criminal tax litigation. Campagna was named a “Texas Tax Legend” by the State Bar of Texas in 2019.

Other notable speakers include (session appearance): Dennis Perez, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C.; David Holtz, Principal and Founder of Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, P.C.; Aldegunda (Nuna) Aguilera, Field Audit and Compliance Division, EDD; Hans Hoglund, Tax Administrator, EDD; Darren John Guillot, Deputy Commission for Collection and Operations Support, SB/SE, IRS; Betty J. Williams, Law Offices of Williams & Associates, P.C.; Ronson Shamoun, RJS Law; Lavar Taylor, Offices of Lavar Taylor; Honorable Emin Toro, Judge, U.S. Tax Court; Lydia Turanchik, Partner, Nardiello and Turanchik; Sebastian Voth, Special Trial Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS; Dennis Brager, Brager Tax Law Group; De Lon Harris, Deputy Commissioner for Examination, SB/SE, IRS; Claudia Hill, EA, President of Tax Mam Inc.; Cory Stigile, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C.; Jonathan Kalinski, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C.; Ani Gaylan, Founder, Galyan Law, P.C.; I. Vladislav Rozenzhak, IRS Chief Counsel; Warren Klomp, CDTFA; Daniel Lauer, Director, SB/SE Field Examination, IRS; Michael Stein, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C.; Phil Wilson, Managing Partner, Marcum, LLP; Holly Paz, Director, Pass through Entities, LB&I Division, IRS; Michael C. Cohen, De Castro, West, Chodorow, Mendler, & Glickfeld, Inc.; Sandra R. Brown, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez, P.C; Nathan J. Hochman, Partner, Browne George Ross LLP; Ryan L. Korner, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation, IRS; Evan Davis, Principal, Hochman Salkin Toscher & Perez, P.C ; and Damon Rowe, Executive Director, IRS Office of Fraud Enforcement. See the full conference agenda and list of speakers here.

The conference is of interest to attorneys, accountants, business/corporate professionals, tax practitioners, and financial advisors and is presented by UCLA Extension Business, Management & Legal Programs.

Continuing education units (CEUs) are offered along with Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Discounts are available for CalCPA, NAEA, and FPA members.

The virtual conference fee is $100 and includes materials. The virtual conference is via Zoom within the Canvas learning management system at UCLA Extension. Register here or contact John Caruso at (310) 206-1708 or jcaruso@uclaextension.edu.


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