Capes Sokol Tax Controversy Symposium

About the Symposium 

This program offers courses developed for Certified Public Accountants in accordance with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education Programs set forth by NASBA and the AICPA and adopted by the Missouri State Board of Accountancy.

Members of Capes Sokol’s Tax Controversy and Litigation practice group developed the courses. Our team of attorneys has vast experience handling civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation matters. It includes attorneys with advanced degrees in tax law and in-depth knowledge of international taxation, two Certified Public Accountants, a former federal tax prosecutor, and a former public defender. Four of our lawyers are Fellows of the American College of Tax Counsel.

2022 Capes Sokol Tax Controversy Symposium

2022 Tax Controversy Symposium Program Materials

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Program Overview

  • Registration/Continental Breakfast – 7:30-8:15 a.m.
  • Opening Remarks – 8:15-8:30 a.m.
  • Reportable Transactions for CPAs* – 8:30-9:20 a.m.
  • Department of Revenue Update: Handling the Worst of the Worst Tax Cases before the Department – 9:30-10:20 a.m.
  • Developments in Cryptocurrency Taxation (10:30-11:20 a.m.)
  • Partnership Audits Under the New BBA Regime (11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
  • Lunch Served (12:20 p.m.)
  • Ethics in IRS Collection Actions* (12:40-1:30 p.m.)

*Eligible for regulatory ethics credit.

Program Description

Reportable Transactions for CPAs* (8:30-9:20 a.m.)

Program description:  Every transaction with significant tax benefits comes with the challenge of determining whether the transaction involves legal tax planning, or whether it is abusive.  Because every transaction is different, the IRS, with Congress’s support, promulgated the so-called tax shelter disclosure regulations. Those regulations focus on information reporting and require taxpayers engaging in certain types of transactions, and advisors associated with those transactions, to independently disclose details to the IRS.  This program will focus on reportable transactions, the ethical landmines that can arise when our clients are engaged in them, and how the failure to disclose them may lead to significant penalties. We will also discuss the material advisor rules and the IRS’s recent enforcement efforts in this area.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand why CPAs need to know about reportable transactions and how CPAs should approach a variation of a reportable transaction.
  • Be aware of how a CPA might unwittingly become a “material advisor” and why this status matters
  • Learn about the new IRS Office of Promoter Investigations, recent IRS enforcement efforts and legal developments in this area
  • Answer the following questions:
    • What if a CPA’s client wishes to proceed with a transaction for which the CPA is uncertain as to the tax position?
    • What are the CPA’s ethical obligations related to reportable transactions?


  • Sanford J. Boxerman
  • Sara G. Neill

Department of Revenue Update: Handling the Worst of the Worst Tax Cases before the Department (9:30-10:20 a.m.)

Program Description:  The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) will present a civil and criminal tutorial for practitioners who represent individual and businesses who DOR have identified as having committed serious tax violations.  The presentation will cover DOR civil and criminal procedures, tips on how best to approach DOR in such cases and the remedies available to the taxpayer.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to identify a serious tax violation situation
  • How to prepare your client before dealing with the Department including managing their expectations
  • Understand DOR’s perspective and how to resolve your client’s account


  • Michael Kisling, Managing Counsel for Collections, General Counsel’s Office
  • Tommy Chen, Administrator, Criminal Investigations Tax Bureau (CTIB), General Counsel’s Office

Developments in Cryptocurrency Taxation (10:30-11:20 a.m.)

Program description: This program will focus on tax-related considerations related to digital assets, including staking rewards, non-fungible tokens, and decentralized autonomous organizations. We will also discuss the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (the “Act”), which amended the definition of “cash” to include “digital assets” and the definition of a “broker”, and discuss how these changes affect Form 1099-B and Form 8300 filing requirements. We will also discuss pending legislation to correct the confusion created by these changes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key concepts/terms of art in cryptocurrency such as “Digital Assets”, “Non-Fungible Tokens” (“NFTs”) and “Digital Autonomous Organizations” (“DAOs”)
  • Identify various taxes consequences of crypto market activities (staking, mining, and investing)
  • Understand how recently enacted and proposed legislation affects or could affect cryptocurrency taxation


  • Andrew Blackwell
  • Ross Gaddis

Partnership Audits Under the New BBA Regime (11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)

 Program description:  For tax years beginning in January 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”) establishes the mechanism for partnership tax audit and collection. The BBA regime replaced the procedures under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (“TEFRA”). Through the BBA, Congress intended to simplify IRS partnership audits, who owes the tax assessed through audit, and how the IRS collects the resulting tax due. The new procedures affect how practitioners should advise clients in setting up partnerships and how to approach an IRS audit. With an anticipated increase IRS enforcement it is vital to develop an understanding of these rules.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the key differences between partnership tax audits under TEFRA and the BBA
  • Understand procedural steps of a partnership tax audit under the BBA and how to advise clients prior to and during an audit
  • Know the role of the partnership representative and which party must, or may, bear financial responsibility for adjustments at the partnership level


  • Laura E. Al-Shathir
  • Michelle F. Schwerin

Ethics in IRS Collection Actions* (12:40-1:30 p.m.)

Program Description: Practitioners may face a myriad of ethical dilemmas in representing a taxpayer before the taxing authorities.  This program will provide an overview of common ethical issues that arise in the representation of taxpayers before the IRS on collections matters.  We will discuss best practices in working with taxpayers to ensure accurate production of financial information and correcting misstatements.  This presentation will also address common pitfalls taxpayers may encounter from unscrupulous offer in compromise mills, a taxpayer’s (or taxpayer’s previous representative’s) prior statements to the IRS, and uncooperative clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify ethical issues and appropriate responses
  • Recognize the ethical obligations that arise when the practitioner suspects or learns that his or her client is dishonest.
  • Understand how to avoid conflicts of interest and discuss what to do when a conflict arises during the representation.
  • Learn when it is necessary to withdraw from a tax controversy representation and understand best practices for doing so and not violating any ethical rules.


  • Michelle F. Schwerin
  • Sara G. Neill

Event Information & CPE Credits

Eligible for 5 hours of CPE, including 2 regulatory ethics credits.*
Program Level: Basic to Intermediate
No Symposium Prerequisites
Registration Required

About the Team

Experience makes the difference in tax disputes.

Capes Sokol’s Tax Controversy and Litigation practice group represents individuals and businesses in civil and criminal tax disputes involving the Internal Revenue Service, various states’ Departments of Revenue, and the United States Department of Justice.

​Our team includes attorneys with advanced degrees in tax law and in-depth knowledge of international taxation, two Certified Public Accountants, a former federal tax prosecutor, and a former public defender. Four of our lawyers are Fellows of the American College of Tax Counsel.

We are respected leaders and lecturers, often called on to speak on civil and criminal tax issues in St. Louis and throughout the country. Members of our team have collectively taught the Tax Fraud Prosecutions course at the Washington University Law School for over 30 years. We are leaders in local and national tax and accounting organizations, including the American Bar Association Section on Taxation, the Taxation Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Whether working with individual taxpayers or businesses, we strive to reach out-of-court resolutions when it is in our client’s best interest.  When necessary, we apply our wide breadth of experience to litigate cases before the United States Tax Court, Federal District Courts throughout the United States, the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, and state courts in Missouri and Illinois.

Policies & FAQ

Members of Capes Sokol’s Tax Controversy and Litigation practice group developed the courses. Our team represents clients in criminal and civil tax cases before the Internal Revenue Service, the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Revenue and Federal and state courts.

The matters we handle include:

  • Criminal tax investigations and litigation
  • Civil audits and administrative appeals
  • Significant tax collection matters
  • Claims for innocent spouse relief
  • Trust fund recovery penalty investigations
  • Litigation in U.S. Tax and District Courts
  • Domestic and offshore voluntary disclosures
  • Tax compliance advice
  • ​Representation of tax professionals in preparer penalty investigations, injunction actions, and in matters before the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
Complaint Resolution Policy

To register complaints about course content or delivery method and to inquire about the timeliness and accuracy of CPE credit posting for this event, please contact our offices at 314.721.7701.

CPE Policies & Requirements

To receive a Certificate of Attendance for proof of CPE credit, participants must check-in and check-out with the on-site representative at the Symposium.

A certificate will only be issued in the name used to register for the symposium and will be sent to the email address provided at registration. Each participant will receive a link to the Certificate of Attendance via email within 10 business days.

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If you do not receive your CPE certificate within 30 days, please contact Lisa Lee at, and provide your name and email address.

Capes Sokol Cancellation Policy

  • Capes Sokol reserves the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.
  • If Capes Sokol cancels an event due to inclement weather, registrants will be notified via email and should take appropriate safety precautions.
  • Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either cancel or transfer their registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Individual Cancellation Policy

If you are registered for the Symposium and unable to attend, please let Capes Sokol know at least 48 hours before of the Symposium.

Refund Policy

Due to there being no cost associated with attendance at the Symposium, there will be no refunds issued.

Additional Information

Unless otherwise stated in a course description, the following information applies to all programs produced by Capes Sokol:

  • No Symposium Prerequisites
  • Instruction Delivery Method: Group-Live
  • Program Level: Basic to Intermediate
  • Registration Required

Past Symposiums


Program Information

Program Description

Learning Objectives

Navigating Ethical Issues Arising Between You and Your Client During the Tax Controversy Representation

Sara G. Neill & Sanford J. Boxerman
Field of Study: Regulatory Ethics
As if navigating through the ever-changing tax laws and procedures, and the government bureaucracy, doesn’t make tax controversy representation challenging enough, many potential ethical issues can arise between you and your client in these representations. This is true whether you are engaged to handle an audit, an administrative appeal, a claim for refund, or even what at first glance appears to be a simple collection matter. For example: the client who insists on only paying you in cash; the client who doesn’t want to take your advice, but wants you to remain on the power of attorney; and the client who doesn’t listen to what you tell them and then claims, “You never told me that.” These situations may be properly handled without peril, but can also lead to ethical dilemmas and a lot of stress. This two-credit program will address these and other ethical issues that sometimes arise in a tax controversy practice. We will discuss the relevant ethics rules and best practices for handling them, and protecting your license.
  • Learn best practices for getting paid and not violating any ethical rules or laws.
  • Understand your duty to communicate with your client and learn best practices for doing so.
  • Understand how to avoid conflicts of interest and discuss what to do when a conflict arises during the representation.
  • Learn when it is necessary to withdraw from a tax controversy representation and understand best practices for doing so and not violating any ethical rules.
  • Understand what to do when your client will not take your advice, but wants you to remain on the “power of attorney.”
Missouri Tax World in the Age of COVID-19
Michael S. Kisling
Field of Study: Taxes
The pandemic has had a huge impact on tax audits and collection efforts by the Missouri Department of Revenue (the “Department”). Learn how the Department is addressing COVID-19 and how to best advise your clients with state tax problems.
  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on everything from audits to internal operations.
  • Learn how best to approach the Department about state tax issues.
  • Understand how COVID-19 has impacted state tax collection and how best to advise your clients.
Tax Planning or Tax Evasion? Staying on the Right Side of the Line

Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir & Michelle F. Schwerin
Field of Study: Taxes
This program will address the differences between savvy tax planning (or tax minimization) and its criminal counterpart, tax evasion. We will discuss common examples of each, where the line is drawn, and offer practical tips to assure that you and your clients stay on the “right side”.
  • To have a general understanding of the difference between tax planning and minimization versus avoidance and evasion;
  • To understand the common areas of tax reporting in which the lines might get blurred; and
  • To identify and avoid situations that cross the line.
Hot Topics in IRS Enforcement: What You and Your Clients Need to Know

Kaid A. Koester & L. Ross Gaddis
Field of Study: Taxes
Although the pandemic has caused significant delay in many of the IRS’s enforcement efforts, the Commissioner and other IRS officials have spoken to the public many times in recent months about their top priorities, including syndicated conservation easement and micro-captive insurance transactions, and examinations of high net worth individuals. Learn about these and other hot IRS enforcement topics to better assist your clients and prepare them for what is to come.
  • To understand charitable contributions related to conservation easement deductions and issues with syndicated conservation easements.
  • To understand improved IRS capabilities to de-anonymize virtual currency transactions.
  • To learn about the increasing number of examinations of high-net-worth taxpayers and high-income non-filers.
  • To learn about recent developments in IRS treatment of micro-captive insurance transactions.
  • To receive an update on the IRS’s anticipated enforcement of entities taxed as partnerships.
99 Problems and The IRS is Only One

R. Thomas Avery
Field of Study: Business Law
Clients facing issues with the IRS often have substantial debts with non-governmental creditors. The presentation will address issues relating to personal guaranties, loan workouts, defenses against creditors’ claims (including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act) and lender liability claims debtors may bring against creditors (sometimes the best defense is offense). In addition, issues relating to the income tax implications of loan workouts (potential income from cancellation of debt) and dischargeability of tax debt in bankruptcy will be addressed.
  • To equip participants with the skills to spot issues and opportunities for their clients with respect to business related debts.
  • Understand potential defenses to personal guaranties.
  • Update the status of the defenses for an “innocent spouse” under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
  • Learn about lender liability claims.
  • Learn about strategies for work-outs with lenders and tax implications of debt forgiveness.
  • Understanding risks related to fraudulent conveyances.
  • Learn the basics of dischargeability of tax in bankruptcy.


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“My Spouse Did What?!?”: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls When Both Spouses Are Your Clients

  • Sara G. Neill
  • Michelle F. Schwerin
A myriad of potential ethical issues may arise when both spouses are your clients. This presentation will provide practical tips for successfully handling (and withdrawing from) these representations and avoiding an ethics complaint, referral to the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, or lawsuit.
  • To identify and address the potential conflicts of interest when engaging in the dual representation of spouses whether during tax return preparation, a civil audit, or tax collection matter.
  • To recognize when a client has a viable claim for innocent spouse relief, what actions will bolster or weaken the claim, and how to appropriately discuss these issues with your client(s). Practice tips for preparing a claim for relief and negotiating with the IRS will be provided!
  • To understand the impact of joint and several liability on tax collection and practical tips for advising spouses with a joint liability when innocent spouse relief is not a viable alternative.
“Hey, IRS, Give Me My Money Back!”: Everything You Need to Know About Claims for Refund

  • Sanford J. Boxerman
  • Michelle F. Schwerin
Whether voluntarily or not, some taxpayers pay more to the government than they actually owe. This presentation will address the nuts and bolts of refund claims and strategies for handling them, including the many ways in which a taxpayer can file a claim for refund, the procedures for filing a claim, the importance of developing an administrative record, and the options for challenging the IRS’s denial of a claim for refund.
  • Understand the multiple ways in which a taxpayer may submit a claim for refund and the procedures through which a claim is considered and challenged.
  • Recognize importance of deadlines and what happens when a taxpayer fails to file in time.
  • Learn practical tips for developing a record to support the taxpayer’s claim.
Offers in Compromise with the Managing Counsel of Collections for the Department of Revenue

  • Michael S. Kisling, Managing Counsel, Missouri Department of Revenue
  • David J. Zanone, Manager, Collection & Tax Assistance Bureau, Missouri Department of Revenue
The Taxation Division of the Missouri Department of Revenue will provide an overview of the DOR’s Offer in Compromise program and factors the DOR examines when considering a taxpayer’s Offer. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.
  • Identify procedures and best practices when filing different kinds of Offers in Compromise.
  • Understand how the DOR considers an Offer in Compromise.
Taking the Sting out of Generosity: Navigating Federal Gift Tax Rules and Potential IRS Controversies

  • Lisa M. Adams
  • Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir
Certain estate and gift tax planning behaviors can lead to costly unintended consequences. This program will address common issues in estate and gift tax planning, recent developments, and strategies for successfully resolving associated tax controversies.
  • To provide a basic understanding of the federal estate and gift tax regime.
  • To identify estate and gift tax planning strategies ripe for IRS scrutiny.
  • To learn tips for successfully navigating estate and gift tax examinations
Dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock: When Not Paying Taxes Becomes A Crime

  • Sanford J. Boxerman
  • Sara G. Neill
The IRS and Missouri Department of Revenue send notices to taxpayers who fail to pay their taxes. Both agencies offer collection alternatives such as Offers in Compromise and Installment Agreements. But when does your client’s failure to pay his taxes on time become a crime? At what point does failure to pay become tax evasion? And when your client owes taxes, what are your ethical obligations? Learn the answers to these questions and many more during this presentation.
  • Identify at what point your client’s failure to pay his taxes on time becomes a crime.
  • Understand the difference between failure to pay and tax evasion.
  • Learn about recent cases where the Department of Justice successfully prosecuted taxpayers for failing to pay taxes on time.
  • Learn about the Missouri Department of Revenue’s recent efforts to collect tax using criminal prosecution.
  • Understand your ethical obligations when advising a client who owes taxes and avoid becoming a co-conspirator in a client’s tax evasion scheme.


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From the Tax Return to the Witness Stand: Best Practices and Ethical Considerations When Your Client Has Sensitive Tax Problems*

  • Sanford J. Boxerman
  • Sara G. Neill
Ethical issues and other problems can arise for the practitioner long after the filing of his client’s return. When the return is audited or otherwise investigated, the practitioner can be asked, by the taxpayer and the government alike, to provide information or testimony. The presenters will discuss best practices and ethical issues faced by practitioners who have clients with sensitive tax problems and who find themselves caught up in post-filing government proceedings.
  • To recognize the ethical obligations that arise when the practitioner suspects or learns that his client is dishonest.
  • To recognize the ethical obligations implicated, and understand best practices, when the government seeks records or testimony from a practitioner whose client is under audit or investigation.
  • To understand, and thereby avoid, certain preparer penalties contained within the Internal Revenue Code.
Tug of War: Dealing with Tax Liens and Other Claims Against Real Property

  • Drey A. Cooley
  • John S. Meyer, Jr.
  • Michelle F. Schwerin
Taxes can affect a taxpayer’s real property in multiple ways: Under IRC section 6321 and/or Missouri statute 143.902, the IRS or Department of Revenue may file a tax lien against a taxpayer’s property when that taxpayer has unpaid liabilities. These liens affect a taxpayer’s ability to transfer or borrow against that property. In addition, property tax is assessed annually against the property itself. This program will review how various liens and encumbrances, including taxes assessed against the property may affect real property and strategies for addressing various interests against a property.
  • To understand the steps in transferring property.
  • To know how to perfect a lien and what it means to be a secured creditor.
  • To recognize the priority of interests and timing issues between tax liens and other creditors.
  • To understand the steps and best practices for getting a federal and state tax lien released or subordinated.
  • To recognize when a taxpayer may want to appeal the assessment of property tax and strategies for appealing.
Update and Q&A with Managing Counsel and Manager of Collection & Tax Assistance Bureau of the Missouri Department of Revenue

  • Michael S. Kisling, Managing Counsel, Missouri Department of Revenue
  • David J. Zanone, Manager, Collection & Tax Assistance Bureau, Missouri Department of Revenue
Representatives of the Taxation Division of the Missouri Department of Revenue will provide an overview of the DOR’s new policies and procedures, including newly revamped collection programs. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.
  • To learn about the hierarchy at the DOR and its newly formed extraordinary collections group.
  • To understand your client’s assessment and collection alternatives from the perspective of the DOR, including the Voluntary Disclosure and Offer in Compromise programs.
  • To learn what questions you should be asking your client before contacting the DOR.
  • To question the presenters about DOR policies and procedures.
Sales Tax Audits: Digging Out from the Mountains of Paper, POS Reports, and Sales Receipts

  • Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir
  • Drey A. Cooley
  • Michelle F. Schwerin
The Missouri Department of Revenue’s Field Compliance Bureau regularly conducts audits of in-state and out-of-state taxpayers to determine compliance with the state’s sales and use tax laws. These audits often trigger significant anxiety and stress for a taxpayer-client. This program will provide guidance on what to expect and practical tips and strategies when representing a client in a sales and use tax audit, multi-state audits and the likely impact of recent Supreme Court case, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.
  • Best practices for handling a Missouri sales and use tax audit, negotiating with the DOR and the procedures for challenging a proposed assessment.
  • Understanding the DOR’s strategies for addressing outstanding sales and use tax liabilities, including litigation/injunctions, preventing or delaying licensures, and owner/responsible person liability.
  • Procedures for multi-state audits and best practices for handling them.
  • How the recent Supreme Court decision, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., will likely impact clients engaging in out-of-state transactions.
Roundtable Ethics: Common Issues that Arise During Taxpayer Representation*

  • Capes Sokol Tax Attorneys
Circular 230 is a Treasury Regulation that provides rules governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service. These rules, along with the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, provide guidance to CPAs representing clients in resolving tax matters. This lunchtime program will address current issues and the ethical guidance that should direct a CPAs response. Set in a roundtable format, participants will have the opportunity to discuss these issues in small groups as well as collectively review the relevant guidance.
  • Identify ethical issues and appropriate responses.
  • Understand relevant Circular 230 and AICPA guidance.


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The Cash-Based Business: What Every CPA Should Know Before Preparing The Return

  • Michelle F. Schwerin
  • Jeanne M. Schaller
Cash businesses present a myriad of issues for the CPA preparing tax returns and providing representation before the IRS. This panel will address various common dilemmas CPAs face, including: due diligence requirements; the ability to make representations to the IRS concerning cash receipts and expenses; dealing with sales tax and unreported cash sales; addressing employment taxes and “off the books” employees; and a preparer’s potential liability for a client’s unreported taxable cash receipts.
  • To understand due diligence requirements when preparing returns for cash-based taxpayers.
  • To recognize ethical obligations when representing a cash-based taxpayer before the IRS.
  • To identify issues arising with cash based-taxpayers involving reporting cash receipts and expenses, sales tax and unreported cash sales, and employment taxes.
  • To understand a preparer’s potential liability for a client’s unreported taxable cash receipts.
The Reasonable Cause Defense: Effective Strategies When Requesting Penalty Abatement

  • Michelle F. Schwerin
  • Sara G. Neill
This program will address the reasonable cause defense to the Section 6662 (and other) penalties and discuss important considerations prior to requesting relief. Based on their own experience as well as federal tax law, the speakers will provide effective strategies for obtaining relief.
  • To understand the §6662 penalty’s reasonable cause defense.
  • To recognize the time at which to request an abatement and other important considerations.
  • To know what the IRS looks for when considering a penalty abatement request.
  • To understand effective strategies for obtaining penalty relief.
Potpourri: Important Updates in Federal Tax Controversy and Litigation

  • Sanford J. Boxerman
  • Sara G. Neill
This panel will provide important updates and current developments in federal tax controversy and litigation, including Bitcoin and Virtual Currency; recent changes at the IRS Office of Appeals; passport restrictions for “seriously delinquent” taxpayers; employment tax enforcement; and recent court decisions of interest.
  • To understand developments concerning virtual currency.
  • To learn about recent changes in the IRS Office of Appeals.
  • To understand the tax collection provisions enacted as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which includes revocation or denial of passports.
  • To learn about the IRS and the Department of Justice’s employment tax initiative.
  • To learn about recent court decisions of interest.
To Speak or Not to Speak: Balancing Ethics in IRS Representations

  • Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir
In representing a Taxpayer before the IRS, the CPA must comply with multiple pressures, including his or her obligations under Circular 230 and AICPA and Missouri Board of Accountancy standards. The CPA must engage in adequate due diligence, be responsive to government requests, and zealously advocate on behalf of his or her client. Oftentimes, these obligations conflict with one another and the CPA must navigate carefully. This panel will address ethical dilemmas in representation, including when (and how) a CPA should question his or her client and when (and how) to tell the Government that the “conversation” is over.
  • To recognize conflicting obligations of due diligence, responsiveness, advocacy.
  • To identify ethical obligations under Circular 230, AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and standards set by the State of Missouri.


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Employment Tax Examinations: Practical Tips for Helping Your Client Through a Payroll-Related Mess

  • Sara G. Neill
  • Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir
The IRS and Department of Justice Tax Division have recently identified employment tax compliance as a top priority. Employment tax examinations are on the rise and penalties for non-compliance can be substantial and include a lengthy prison sentence. This program will offer practical tips and strategies when representing clients who have been less than compliant with their payroll tax obligations.Learn to recognize and appropriately advise a client with a history of payroll tax noncompliance including:
  • use of the voluntary disclosure programs
  • effectively representing a non-compliant employer in an IRS employment tax examination
  • strategies for defending against the assertion of the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty
  • the differences between how the IRS and courts categorize service providers as employees versus contractors
TEFRA Repeal and Other Important Updates in the Law Relating to Tax Controversy

  • Laura E. Krebs Al-Shathir
  • Sanford J. Boxerman
This program will summarize the key provisions of the legislation repealing TEFRA and the impact of TEFRA repeal on partnership tax audits. The program will also provide an update regarding the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and a discussion of significant cases in 2016.
  • To have a general understanding of the legislation repealing TEFRA and the landscape of partnership tax audits for tax years beginning in 2018, including the role of the “Partnership Representative.”
  • To understand the status of the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.
  • To learn about significant tax cases decided in 2016 that impact the work of tax controversy practitioners.
“These IRS Notices Just Won’t Stop!”: Effective Use of The Collection Due Process and Innocent Spouse Provisions to Successfully Resolve Your Client’s Tax Delinquency.

  • Michelle F. Schwerin
  • Megan Haupt
  • Sara G. Neill
This program will offer an overview of the Collection Due Process and Innocent Spouse provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and provide practical tips for the practitioner when utilizing these provisions to resolve their client’s federal tax delinquency.
  • An overview of the Collection Due Process (“CDP”) procedures
  • Practice tips for when and how to request a CDP hearing and effective representation during the hearing itself
  • An overview of the Innocent Spouse procedures
  • Practice tips for successfully obtaining Innocent Spouse relief at the administrative level

State CPE Disclosure

* The National Registry of CPE Sponsors (“Registry”) is a program offered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (“NASBA”) to recognize continuing professional education (“CPE”) program sponsors who provide CPE programs in accordance with nationally recognized standards. The Registry is accepted by the majority of state boards of accountancy as providers of qualifying CPE credits for licensing purposes. Many state boards of accountancy require CPAs to earn required CPE credits through companies approved on the Registry. As a sponsor registered with NASBA, our courses are developed using national guidelines and in accordance with the statement of standards related to CPE development and presentation issued by NASBA. In addition, we have verified that our program meets requirements adopted by the Missouri State Board of Accountancy and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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Registry Statement

Capes Sokol is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:​

​Sponsor Identification Number: #139382