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CostFree Presentation Length1.0 hour 

Recorded DateJune 6, 2017  CPE:Not available (archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)  Subject AreaTaxes  Course LevelBasic  Who should attend?CFO / Controller
CPA - small firm
CPA - medium firm
CPA - large firm
Enrolled Agent
Course Description

This presentation will provide accountants and other tax professionals with an understanding of the stages of a criminal tax case and the strategies available at each stage to avoid a criminal trial. In Part I, panelists will discuss the sources of criminal tax cases and the evaluation and investigation involved in an “eggshell audit”. The panelists will also cover the coordination between the IRS civil team and IRS criminal investigation division.

Learning Objectives

  • gain an understanding of the criminal tax process and procedural complexity as compared to a civil audit

  • learn how to identify potential criminal tax issues early

  • develop an understanding of the IRS’ varying investigative techniques to identify criminal tax issues

  • learn how to distinguish potential civil penalty issues from criminal issues

  • gain insight regarding how to defend a “sensitive” audit with criminal issues or a parallel proceeding

  • learn to identify various points in the criminal tax process where resolution is most likely


"A must-see topic for every practitioner involved in IRS audits. Excellent, crisp presentation."

"By far this was the best webinar I have attended."

"Outstanding presentation. Will probably take this again as the info was very informative."

"This was possibly the best CPE presentation that I have attended from CPA Academy! Presenters were super-knowledgeable and offered numerous tips and much great advice for tax practitioners. What I learned today will be a boon to my practice."

"Chock full of really good information. Well presented. Thank you!"

"Great webinar! Thank you!"

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Travis concentrates his practice on federal and state civil and criminal tax controversies, tax planning, and estate planning. He represents individuals, partnerships, and corporations through all stages of tax investigations and litigation. He also works with individuals and families to efficiently plan for the future, including estate planning and business succession planning.

In addition, Travis is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught criminal and civil tax controversy courses. Prior to co-founding Greaves | Wu, he served as the Tax and Economic Policy Advisor to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, practiced in the tax group of a major international law firm and served as an Attorney Advisor at the United States Tax Court.

Joshua Wu

JW Law
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Josh helps startup companies, mid-size businesses, and individual clients remain in compliance with U.S. tax laws, and guides clients on appropriate procedures to reduce their tax burdens.

Josh represents clients in an array of tax controversies and tax litigation matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. With considerable experience handling multijurisdictional investigations, Josh regularly works with foreign companies, trusts, and advisors to resolve inbound U.S. tax and reporting issues.

In addition, Josh is involved in the D.C. metro area startup community; he works with angel investors and coworking spaces to assist emerging companies to implement business practices and legal structures to facilitate their growth and access to funding. Prior to co-founding Greaves | Wu, he worked for an international law firm, Latham & Watkins LLP, and has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Street, Federal Tax Weekly, and Business News Daily.