Next years years sixth annual event scheduled for Friday, July 16, 2021
USD School of Law – RJS LAW Tax Controversy Institute
DATE AND TIME
Friday, July 17, 2020 from 10:30am – 2:30pm (pacific time)
Summer Virtual Institute
Click below to register for the virtual institute July 17, 2020
FREE Virtual Institute
Attendees eligible to earn MCLE’s and CE’s for their attendance
Keynote Speaker Sharyn M. Fisk
Friday, July 17, 2020
10:30am – 2:30pm (pacific time)
Welcome & Introductions
- Steven Toscher ’79 (JD), Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C.
- Miranda Perry Fleischer, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Tax Programs, USD School of Law
- Ronson J. Shamoun ’98 (BAA), ’02 (JD), ’03 (LLM), CEO and Principal Attorney, RJS LAW and Adjunct Professor, USD School of Law and USD School of Business
What Every Practitioner Needs to Know in Handling a Tax Controversy in the Covid 19 Environment
- Lavar Taylor, Principal at Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor, LLP
- Richard Carpenter ’84 (JD), Principal, Richard Carpenter Tax Law Office
- Darren John Guillot, Deputy Commissioner for Collection and Operations Support SBSE Division, IRS
- De Lon Harris, Deputy Commissioner for Examination SBSE Operating Division, IRS
- Hon. Emin Toro, Judge, United States Tax Court
12:00pm – Break
Presentation of “Richard Carpenter” Award to M. Carr Ferrguson, Former Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Tax Division of U.S. Department of Justice and Visiting Professor of Law, USD School of Law
Sharyn M. Fisk, Director, Office of Professional Responsibility, Internal Revenue Service
IRS New Emphasis on Fraud Enforcement and Criminal Investigations
- Steven Toscher ’79 (JD), Principal, Hochman, Salkin, Toscher, & Perez P.C.
- John D. (Don) Fort, Chief IRS Criminal Investigation
- Kathy Keneally, former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. DOJ, Partner, Jones Day
- Damon Rowe, Executive Director, Fraud Enforcement Office, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, IRS
- Marty Schainbaum, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Former IRS Regional Counsel Trial Attorney, Of Counsel, RJS LAW
- Bryan Skarlatos, Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
Break and Submission of Questions for Q&A
Jordan Barry, Professor of Law, Director of Center for Corporate and Securities Law; Co-Director of Graduate Tax Programs, USD School of Law
Biographies for Institute Keynote and Award Recipient
Keynote: Sharyn M. Fisk
Sharyn M. Fisk was named Director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in January 2020. As Director, she is responsible for the IRS’ oversight of tax professionals who practice before the IRS as set out in Treasury Circular 230.
Sharyn’s extensive background in the tax community brings over 20 years of tax experience to her IRS position. Before coming to the IRS, Sharyn was Professor of Tax at Cal Poly Pomona and Director of the University’s VITA program. Prior to teaching, Sharyn was in private practice specializing in tax controversies. As a private practitioner, Sharyn represented hundreds of individuals, businesses, and corporate taxpayers before the IRS, the Department of Justice Tax Division, federal and state courts, and state taxing authorities. These matters involved civil examinations and appeals, criminal investigations, and tax collection issues. Sharyn served as an attorney-advisor for the Honorable Maurice Foley, United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. During her career, Sharyn has held positions as an adjunct professor teaching graduate and undergraduate level tax at several colleges and universities, and teaching for Chapman Law School’s LL.M in Taxation program. Sharyn is also a certified tax law specialist with the California State Bar.
Sharyn has held leadership roles in several professional organizations. She served as a former Chair of the Tax Policy, Practice and Legislation Committee for the American Bar Association (ABA). She is a past Chair of the Taxation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Taxation Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Sharyn recently concluded a three-year term as a member of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC). She chaired a task force on unenrolled return preparers on behalf of the Standards of Tax Practice Committee for the ABA Taxation Section. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Sharyn wrote and spoke extensively before national, state, and local tax professional organizations on all aspects of civil and criminal tax controversy issues and ethics in tax practice.
Sharyn has volunteered to assist unrepresented taxpayers for the pro se Tax Court calendar. Sharyn has also volunteered her time to the ABA Taxation Section’s Operation Stand-By advising to military attorneys on tax issues affecting service members and Adopt-A-Base program, where she provided training to military VITA volunteers in San Diego.
Sharyn earned a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University, a J.D. from Rutgers University, and an LL.M in taxation from the New York University School of Law. Sharyn has three children and is married to Nelson Fisk, a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel.
Award Recipient: 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.
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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.