Federal Tax Controversies CLE
Federal Tax Controversies



Live Webcast/Rebroadcast – You watch the course online at the specified date and time shown below. You can ask questions and receive answers during the course.

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Course Description

Live Webcast – October 26, 2020

  • 11:00-1:15pm PT / 12:00-2:15pm MT / 1:00-3:15pm CT / 2:00-4:15pm ET

The course will cover topics related to federal tax controversies. It will cover handling of information document requests (IDRs) and administrative summons. It will also discuss managing privilege issues during audit and appeals. The course will also cover the various alternative dispute resolution alternatives and litigation options for resolving tax matters.

Christina Norman
Christina Norman is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Global Tax Practice Group in Chicago. She advises clients on a variety of tax controversy matters. Christina’s practice focuses on transfer pricing disputes and other domestic and international tax disputes. She assists clients in all stages of tax litigation, from audit and administrative appeals before the IRS to litigation before the US tax court and other federal courts.

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Daniel Wharton
Daniel Wharton is an associate in the Baker McKenzie’s North America Tax Practice Group in Chicago. He advises clients on a variety of national and multinational tax issues. Mr. Wharton advises mainly on tax controversy matters, including transfer pricing and other local and international tax disputes. He assists clients in all stages of tax disputes, from audit and administrative appeals before the IRS, to litigation before the US Tax Court and other federal courts.

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Robert S. Walton
Robert S. Walton works mainly on tax matters. He is a member of the bar of the US Tax Court, a member of the US Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Court of Appeals, as well as the US Supreme Court. Prior to graduating at the Harvard School of Law, Mr. Walton earned his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois. Mr. Walton works with clients at all stages of tax controversies from the audit level, to IRS Appeals, to litigation in the Tax Court and other federal courts. He has experience in tax planning — including mergers and acquisitions, tax deferral and withholding taxes — and provides counsel on tax issues arising from financial products. Mr. Walton is also a member of the NATPG Best Practices Committee.

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Victoria Kovanis
Victoria Kovanis is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Tax Practice Group in Palo Alto, where she advises multinational corporations on tax planning, controversy, and transfer pricing matters. Ms. Kovanis focuses her practice on domestic and international tax planning, tax controversy, and litigation. Before joining the Tax Practice Group, Ms. Kovanis advised multinational companies on the implementation of their international equity compensation plans, dealing with issues such as securities law compliance, cross-border tax obligations, data privacy, exchange control, and labor law compliance.

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2 General Credits

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1. IDRs and Summons

2. Managing Privilege Issues

3. Alternative Dispute Resolution Options:

a. Fast Track Settlement

b. Early Referral to Appeals

c. Protests to Appeals

d. Post Appeals Mediation

e. Advance Pricing Agreements and Competent Authority Procedures

4. Tax Litigation Options:

a. Tax Court

b. Refund Jurisdictions