New York, NY, September 15, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts announced today that Michael J. Desmond, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP will speak at The Knowledge Congress’ upcoming webcast entitled: “Coping with Section 6694 - Tax Preparer Penalties”. This two-hour event is scheduled on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit: http://www.knowledgecongress.org/event_2009_S_6694.html)
New penalty rules for tax return preparers pose significant challenges for tax practitioners and their clients. There often is a great amount of uncertainty about what is a “tax shelter” and when and how to disclose return positions. Practitioners also must wrestle with how to conduct proper due diligence, understand the standards of conduct necessary to avoid 6694 penalties and determine when to rely on information provided by clients or third parties. If this weren’t enough, what else may lie ahead?
The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of experts to help tax practitioners understand these concerns. In addition, this Live webcast will feature a bonus segment on estate and gift tax issues. Join this webcast by clicking on the “Register” button below. Advanced registration is recommended as space is limited. Register today to guarantee you a space at this must attend webcast.
About Michael Desmond
Mike Desmond concentrates his practice on federal tax controversies, administrative dispute resolution and tax policy counseling. He served as Tax Legislative Counsel in the U.S. Department of Treasury from 2005 to 2008.
As Tax Legislative Counsel, Mike supervised a staff of lawyers and accountants that developed administrative guidance and provided the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) with legal advice and analysis on a broad range of issues relating to the domestic federal tax law. In particular, he played a primary role in the development of new ethics and practice rules governing tax preparers, including lawyers and accountants, with respect to their interaction with the federal tax system. He also served as a spokesperson for the Treasury Department before the Congressional tax-writing committees, testifying before Congress on a number of occasions on a wide range of federal tax issues.
Mike was named one of the country's leading practitioners in the field of taxation by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009. A frequent speaker on tax policy and controversy matters, Mike has addressed audiences at conferences and seminars hosted by Tax Executives Institute (TEI), Practising Law Institute (PLI), Institutional Investor, The Tax Council and the American Bar Association (ABA). Mike is an active member of the ABA Section of Taxation, the Taxation Section of the D.C. Bar, the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Taxation of Business Entities Committee of the City Bar of New York. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Prior to joining the firm, Mike served as a trial attorney in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he gained substantial experience litigating a wide variety of tax issues in the federal courts. From 1994 to 1995, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Mike received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1994, where he was the managing editor of the Catholic University Law Review. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990.
Bingham offers a broad range of market-leading practices focused on global financial services firms and Fortune 100 companies. We have 1,100 lawyers in 12 locations in the U.S., U.K. and Asia.
For more information about Michael J. Desmond, and Bingham McCutchen LLP, please visit: www.bingham.com
About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
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