Posted by: Taxlitigator | October 18, 2016

32nd Annual UCLA Extension Annual Tax Controversy Institute, October 25, 2016, Beverly Hills Hotel

TaxCon 2016

The 32nd Annual Tax Controversy Institute is a one-day conference that explores the procedures, policies, and strategies that are involved in resolving difficult tax controversy issues. Attorneys, accountants, business and corporate professionals can learn from top tax practitioners in the federal government, judiciary, and private practice.

Our featured speakers include high-ranking government representatives:

  • Caroline Ciraolo, principal deputy assistant attorney general, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
  • Sandra Brown, chief, Tax Division, United States Attorney’s Office (C.D. Cal.)(invited), Los Angeles, CA
  • Mary Beth Murphy, deputy commissioner, IRS Small Business/Self Employed Division, IRS, Lanham, MD
  • Sherri Wilder, area counsel, IRS Small Business/Self Employed Division, IRS, Laguna Niguel, CA

32nd Annual Tax Controversy Institute Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8AM-5PM Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd. Reg# 264872 Fee: $525

VETS COUNT! VETS COUNT is a scholarship fund for active and former military personnel who desire to pursue a career in tax, accounting, wealth management, and other aspects of financial services. The VETS COUNT Scholarship fund is being launched at the 2016 Tax Controversy Institute, and will hopefully inspire a wide audience of patriots and professionals to assist in giving back to those who have given so much.

2016 Annual Bruce I. Hochman Award to FRANK AGOSTINO! At the luncheon, we are extremely honored to present the 2016 Annual Bruce I. Hochman Award to Frank Agostino, President of Agostino & Associates, P.C., a tax law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey specializing in civil and white collar criminal litigation, tax controversies and tax planning. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Agostino was an attorney with the District Counsel of the IRS in Springfield, Illinois and in Newark, New Jersey. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted primarily criminal tax cases. As an adjunct professor, Mr. Agostino has taught tax controversy at Rutgers School of Law and served as the co-director of the Rutgers Federal Tax Law Clinic.Mr. Agostino has long served as a role model for both government and private tax practitioners aggressively representing taxpayers (and those who ought to be taxpayers) in both a pro bono and professional capacity, having a deep understanding and appreciation for life in the tax trenches. In 2012, Frank Agostino received Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award from American Bar Association Section of Taxation.

Thank You to our Sponsors and Planning Committee! The Annual Tax Controversy Institute could not function without the strong financial commitments of our sponsors. This year we were most appreciative to include as invaluable sponsors Bessolo Haworth, CPAs LLP; Brager Tax Law Group; CCH Incorporated; GL Howard & Company CPAs, LLP; Gaynor & Umanoff, CPAs LLP; Holthouse Carlin & Van Tright LLP; Holtz Slavett & Drabkin, APLC; Steven L. Jager, CPA Corporation; Kirsch Kohn & Bridge, CPAs LLP; Laffer & Gottlieb CPAs; Mather Kuwada LLP; University of San Francisco; RSJ Law; and the Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor, APC. Each and every sponsor is critical to the ongoing success of the Institute!

CE Credit This conference has been approved for MCLE, CPE, and Legal Specialist Educational Credit in Taxation Law.

IRS employees, CalCPA, NAEA, and FPA members can receive a special discount on the conference fee. Contact Sam Gomez for more details and to enroll!

For more information, visit or contact Sam Gomez at or (310) 825-4938.

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