This year’s sixth annual event is scheduled for Friday, July 16, 2021
USD School of Law – RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute
DATE AND TIME
Friday, July 16, 2021 from 10am – 4pm (pacific time)
Summer Virtual Institute
Click below to register for our virtual institute on July 16, 2021
Attendees eligible to earn MCLE’s and CE’s for their attendance
About this Event
The 2021 USD School of Law – RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, July 16. The Institute is the premier tax controversy event in San Diego. The region’s top tax attorneys, CPAs, and law/business school professors will discuss topics including what practitioners can expect with the new IRS Office of Fraud Enforcement as well as how to properly advise clients with collection issues.
James Lee, Chief of Criminal Investigation at the IRS, John Maguire, CEO of Torrey Pines Bank, Ronson J. Shamoun, Principal Attorney & CEO of RJS LAW, USD Adjunct Professor, and Miranda Perry Fleischer, Professor of Law and Co – Director of Graduate Tax Programs, USD School of Law will open the conference with introductory remarks.
Moderators and Panelists include:
- Richard Carpenter, Principal, Richard Carpenter Tax Law, Adjunct Law Professor, USD School of Law, Supervising Attorney, USD School of Law Federal Taxpayer Clinic
- Frank Agostino, President, Agostino & Associates
- Steven Toscher, Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C.
- Martin Schainbaum, Of Counsel, RJS LAW
- Sandra Brown, Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C.
The Richard Carpenter Award is given to an individual who exemplifies honesty, integrity, ethics, and compassion throughout his/her careers in the field of tax controversy and have demonstrated outstanding dedication and expertise while representing taxpayers before the federal and state governments.
We are excited to announce Nina Olson as the recipient of the 2021 award. Ms. Olson is the Executive Director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights. Prior to her current position, she was the former head of the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, a government office dedicated to helping taxpayers solve their tax problems with the IRS.
Over the past 30 years, Richard Carpenter has been the leading IRS tax specialist in San Diego. He has devoted his entire legal career to defending hardworking taxpayers against the powerful reaches of the Internal Revenue Service. He began his career as a CPA when he worked for an international CPA firm in Wall Street section of New York City. He then decided to attend law school where he received his Juris Doctor law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Richard Carpenter has been an Adjunct Tax Law Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law for 25 years. He teaches both the Tax Court Litigation class as well as the Criminal Tax Fraud class. Richard has written 14 published tax law articles, including some of the leading articles in the United States in resolving civil and criminal tax disputes. Over the past 30 years, Richard Carpenter has been dedicated to helping thousands of clients resolve their tax disputes with the IRS and the State of California, saving them millions of dollars. He can resolve your California or IRS tax problem too.
We continue to encourage your support of USD School of Law Tax Law Student Scholarship Fund, especially this year in light of the growing impact of COVID-19. As always, thank you for your support.
10:00am — Welcome Remarks
- John Maguire, CEO, Torrey Pines Bank
- Ronson J. Shamoun, Principal Attorney & CEO, RJS LAW, Adjunct Professor at USD School of Law
- Miranda Perry Fleischer, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Graduate Tax Programs, USD School of Law
10:15am — Introductory Speaker
- James Lee, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigations
10:30am — Collection Workshop
Best Practices for Representing Clients before the Collection Division
- Moderator: Frank Agostino, President, Agostino & Associates
- Joseph A. Broyles, Attorney, Certifed Public Accountant, The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.
- Darren Guillot, Commissioner, Small Business/Self-Employed Div., Collection, IRS
- Richard Carpenter, Principal, Richard Carpenter Tax Law Offices
Noon — Break (15 minutes)
12:15pm — Remarks by IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig
12:30pm — Presentation of Richard Carpenter Award
- Dean Robert Schapiro to Nina Olson, Executive Director, Center for Taxpayer Rights
1:00pm — Keynote Speaker
- Elizabeth Ann Copeland, United States Tax Court Judge
1:30pm — Criminal Panel
The IRS New Office of Fraud Enforcement—What Practitioners Can Expect, the Consequences and Best Practices
- Moderator: Steven Toscher, Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C.
- Marty Schainbaum, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Former IRS Regional Counsel Trial Attorney
- Damon Rowe, Director, Office of Fraud Enforcement
- Richard J. Hassebrock, Senior Counsel with the Small Business/Self-Employed Division of the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service
- Sandra Brown, Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C.
3:00pm — Question & Answer Period
3:30 -4:00pm — Closing Remarks and Reception
- Jordan Barry, Professor of Law, Director of Center for Corporate and Securities Law, Co-Director of Graduate Tax Programs, University of San Diego
The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider. Please check back for the number of credit hours offered. RJS LAW is a registered Continuing Education provider with the IRS. Please check back for the number of credit hours offered.
2020 Award Recipient Recipient of the Richard Carpenter Award M. Carr Ferguson
For over sixty-five years, M. Carr Ferguson has been a tax attorney and distinguished member of our tax community. Currently, he works as senior counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He served as the assistant attorney general in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Ferguson has taught at University of San Diego School of Law, Stanford University Law School, University of Iowa College of Law, and New York University School of Law. Mr. Ferguson was of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the former chairman of the New York State Bar Association Tax Sections Committee on Procedure and Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts.
Mr. Ferguson is the co-author of The Federal Tax Legislation in Perspective.
Mr. Ferguson obtained his B.A. and LLB from Cornell University. He received his LLM in taxation from NYU.
Past Recipients of the “Richard Carpenter” Excellence in Tax Award
Richard Carpenter – ’84 (JD) – Principal, Richard Carpenter Tax Law Firm – Recipient 2017
Steven Toscher – ’79 (JD), Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C. – Recipient 2018
Richard A. Shaw – Special Counsel, Higgs Fletcher and Mack – Recipient 2019
About USD School of Law- RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute
The USD School of Law- RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute is the tax event of the year where the whole tax community comes together. During the day long conference, panelists will discuss topic including tax reform, alter ego assessments, criminal tax matters and international business and taxation. Additionally, the Institute will provide practical advice from top leaders in the tax field. It will also provide phenomenal networking opportunities to meet other top practitioners tax attorneys, CPAs, EAs and tax preparers.
The institute will feature two keynote speakers including; luncheon speaker – United States Tax Court Judge Copeland and a prestigious individual for the evening keynote.
During the evening reception the Richard Carpenter Excellence in Tax Award will be presented to Steven Toscher, Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C. Mr. Toscher, specializes his practice in civil and criminal tax litigation. Also, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, School of Accounting, where he teaches Federal Tax Procedure. Mr. Toscher is a Certified Tax Specialist in Taxation, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and has received an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubble. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Toscher served as a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he received its Outstanding Attorney Award. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and a former Internal Revenue Agent. Mr. Toscher is a frequent lecturer and author on tax controversy topics, including FBAR and other international enforcement matters. In addition to his many periodical publications, he is a co-author of Tax Management’s “Tax Crimes” Portfolio.
Click here to view photos from the Second Annual USD School of Law – RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute.
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MCLE AND SPECIALIZED CREDITS
The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider. RJS LAW is a registered Continuing Education provider with the IRS and this event has been approved for 6.0 hours of IRS CE Credits.