Speeches


If you are interested in having GL Howard & Company CPAs, LLP speak to your organization, please contact us to let us know.

Mr. Howard’s recent speeches have included:

AICPA’s Annual Tax Planning, Compliance & Controversy Conference, 2013

Gary Howard was asked to speak again at the AICPA’s annual “Tax Planning, Compliance & Controversy Conference for Businesses and Individuals,” held May 15-17, 2013 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Gary was featured in four different panel presentations:

“Taxpayer Representation: From the Tax Trenches”:Experienced tax professionals and an IRS expert addressed how to effectively represent clients before the IRS Examination Division, including examination techniques, useful defensive tools and strategies.

“Voluntary Disclosures: If, When and How?”: This program discussed the IRS’s longstanding voluntary disclosure policy for U.S. citizens and aliens who are tax residents, and how it might apply to a variety of circumstances, including the disclosure of previously unreported foreign assets, domestic tax fraud or other non-compliance, and unfiled tax or information returns. Other discussion topics were the IRS’s special initiatives concerning unreported foreign accounts, whether non-formal voluntary disclosures (i.e., simply amending returns) remain an option in some circumstances, and various tactical issues that often emerge in such cases.

“Office and Field Exams”: This in-depth open forum discussed differing techniques involved in effectively representing clients in an IRS office or field examination. Participants learned how to use IRS Audit Technique guides and other invaluable IRS resources to your advantage and get an insider’s view of IRS examination techniques and effective responses.

“Primer on International Tax Enforcement: Protecting You and Your Client”: This session reviewed the current status of IRS and DOJ international tax enforcement efforts, both against taxpayers and the professional “enablers.” It covered the types of international tax compliance issues being pursued by the IRS, and provided a step-by-step analysis of the issues a professional should consider when confronted with a possible tax non-compliance history, including: Addressing potential criminal issues; Potential FBAR penalty exposure; Consideration of various IRS initiatives and other means to bring the client into compliance; Impact of FATCA reporting; and Evaluation of professional liability issues.

USC Gould School of Law’s “2013 Tax Institute”

Gary Howard was asked to return once again to speak at this prestigious institute, held January 28-30, 2013 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. He spoke on a special panel with Kathryn Keneally, the Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division for the U.S. Department of Justice, Michel R. Stein of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C. and moderated by Nancy L. Iredale of Paul Hastings LLP.

The discussion was “IRS Enforcement: Foreign and Domestic Priorities, Penalties and Practical Advice.” The IRS is assessing more penalties than ever before. Is the IRS getting more aggressive or is diligence slipping away? The panel spoke about representation strategies and techniques regarding reporting previously undisclosed interests in foreign financial accounts, including the IRS’ Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative and issues surrounding the prosecution of non-compliant taxpayers, penalty defenses, interviews of the taxpayer or return preparer, FOIA as an administrative discovery tool, the use of IRS Audit Technique Guides and other invaluable practice tips.

28th UCLA’s “28th Annual Tax Controversy Institute”

Gary Howard spoke as part of a panel on “Tips From the Sensitive Issue Tax Trenches.” The presentation included practical guidance from a leading panel of tax controversy experts regarding difficult tax practice issues. The roundtable panel discussion included various examination and pre-litigation strategies as well as “do’s and don’ts” in the tax examination trenches. What should you consider before, during and after the administrative process? Are Fraud Technical Advisors involved? Are Special Enforcement Program (SEP) Managers involved? Is a criminal referral a realistic possibility? When should a FOIA request occur and what should you expect? It was held October 17, 2012 at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California.

ABA’s “29th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud”

Gary Howard spoke at this event December 5-7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 29th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud is the annual gathering of the criminal tax defense bar combined with the Second Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy. This program brings together high-level government representatives, judges, corporate counsel, and private practitioners engaged in all aspects of tax controversy, tax litigation and criminal tax defense. Gary spoke on two panel presentations, “Revisiting the Sensitive Audit in an Era of Greater Financial Transparency” and “Ask the Experts: Top Civil Tax Practice Tips and Representation Strategies.”

AICPA focus group in St. Louis, Missouri:

Gary Howard spoke at an AICPA focus group in St. Louis, Missouri in October 2012. The topic was “Developing and Implementing Processes and Procedures in Your Business,” focusing on steps to ensure profitability and internal controls to protect assets.”

3rd Annual Accounting, Growth & Profitability Summit: 

Gary Howard spoke at Accounting Today’s “3rd Annual Accounting, Growth & Profitability Summit,” held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL, on October 28-30, 2012. His presentation was on “Developing a Tax Controversy Practice.” Accounting Today says that “The Growth and Profitability Summit is the most comprehensive event in the industry, giving participants a wealth of information on what they can do today to build a stronger and more efficient business tomorrow.”

AICPA Conference on Tax Controversy:

Gary Howard was asked to speak at this national conference,” May 2-4, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. His presentations were on “Examination issues: Advice from the trenches” and “Marketing Ideas for Developing a Tax Controversy Practice.” The AICPA Conference on Tax Controversy digs under the trenches and takes a look at issues related to IRS enforcement and scrutiny, helping you navigate your way through these challenges while you develop defense mechanisms to protect yourself and your clients.

 USC’s “2012 Tax Institute”:

Gary Howard was asked to speak at the prestigious USC Gould School of Law “2012 Tax Institute,” January 23-25, 2012 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Over 50 speakers and 500 professionals converged at this event to address cutting-edge tax issues affecting corporations, privately held companies, partnerships and real estate, individuals, tax ethics and compliance, and estate planning.

UCLA’s “27th Annual Tax Controversy Institute”:

Gary Howard spoke at this 2011 conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. For 27 years, the UCLA Extension Tax Controversy Institute has been the preeminent conference in the United States dedicated to tax controversy and tax litigation. His panel’s presentation was on Fresh Start – Tax Collection Tips for Your Client in a Struggling Economy.” The panel will discuss tax collection tools and techniques including selected current developments regarding IRS enforced collection efforts, lien withdrawals and levy releases, Offers in Compromise, and collection due process proceedings.