Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin, APLC is proud to sponsor the 30th Annual UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, which will take place on October 28, 2014, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  For 30 years, the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute has been the preeminent conference in the United States dedicated to tax controversy and tax litigation.  The Annual Tax Controversy Institute’s core mission is to provide an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and debate, sometimes sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience.  The Institute has gained unparalleled national recognition in the field of tax controversy, representing a true partnership among members of the tax judiciary, government, and private tax practitioners.

Igor Drabkin, HSD founding member, will be a speaker on the “Defending Taxpayer Penalties” panel, a discussion of various penalty considerations and defensive techniques regarding issues of good faith, reasonable cause and reliance or ignorance as a possible defense to civil penalties, as well as the use of Qualified Amended Returns, adequate disclosures, and penalty abatement considerations.

Gary Slavett, HSD founding member, will be introducing the  “Effectively Resolving an IRS Appeal” panel, an open discussion with leading practitioners regarding the efficient resolution of matters before the IRS Office of Appeals, including pre-Appeals considerations, advantages and disadvantages of preparing a thorough protest, benefits of a timely FOIA request, strategies for the Appeals Conference, AJAC, the “new issue” doctrine, and how to expedite the dispute resolution process.


Former IRS Attorneys of Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin – (310) 550-6200