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Tax Ethics Workshop 2020: Illustrations of How the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Circular 230 and Other Relevant Ethical Standards Guide Tax Practitioners in Their Every-Day Practice


Speaker(s): Bryan C. Skarlatos, Frank Agostino
Recorded on: May. 21, 2020
PLI Program #: 301993

Frank Agostino is the president of Agostino & Associates, P.C., a law firm in Hackensack, New Jersey specializing in civil and white collar criminal litigation, tax controversies and tax planning.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Agostino was an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s District Counsel in Springfield, Illinois and Newark, New Jersey. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted primarily criminal tax cases.

As an adjunct professor, Mr. Agostino taught tax controversy at Rutgers School of Law and served as the co-director of the Rutgers Federal Tax Law Clinic.

Mr. Agostino is a frequent speaker and author on tax controversy and litigation matters. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure. Mr. Agostino is actively involved with the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Agostino is also the President of the Taxpayers Assistance Corp., which provides tax and legal advice to low income taxpayers in the NY/NJ area.

 Recent Publications

  • Tax Practitioner’s Guide to Identity Theft (CCH Inc., 2017, ISBN 978-0-8080-4556-4
  • Recent Developments in FATCA Compliance, 93 Taxes 51 (July 2015)
  • A 21st-Century Approach to Litigating Valuation Issues, 17 J. Tax Prac. & Proc. 47 (Apr.-May 2015)
  • Reviving Disallowed Charitable Conservation Easement Deductions, 146 Tax Notes 449 (Apr. 27, 2015)
  • Be Prepared: The IRS’s Duty to Foster Voluntary Compliance Through Code Secs. 6014(a) and 6020(a), 17 J. Tax Prac. & Proc. 5 (Feb.-Mar. 2014)


For more than thirty years, Bryan C. Skarlatos has represented individuals and corporations in civil and criminal tax controversies, white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, tax whistleblower cases and voluntary disclosures. He is often hired as an expert on tax standards, penalties and procedures. 

Mr. Skarlatos is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Tax Penalties and Prosecutions.  He created and chairs the annual New York University Tax Controversy Forum and the Practicing Law Institute program on Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties.  Mr. Skarlatos is a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel and he also has served as the chair of tax committees for many bar associations including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association.

Mr. Skarlatos has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New York and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America where he was named Tax Litigator of the Year in New York for 2014 and 2017.  He also is ranked in Band One of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which describes him as having a, “smart reassuring presence with insight into the government…extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the various taxing authorities…Clients applaud him as being exceptionally brilliant at coming up with great outcomes.”

Mr. Skarlatos speaks throughout the country on tax-related topics and he frequently is quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, Tax Analysts-Tax Notes, and Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report.