On September 27th, the New York Times broke the story about President Donald Trump’s taxes. The gist of the story, or at least the piece that made the headlines, was how the President’s businesses were losing money and how this showed he was not the successful businessman he claimed to be.
During this special program, attorneys Eric Green, Jason Freeman, and Daniel Mayo will discuss what we know about the President’s tax returns, what we do not know, and how that should impact the information being reported.
This self study will discuss the tax issues raised, what the rules are, and why the reporting by the New York Times may or may not tell us the whole story.
Identify the key issues and areas of controversy in Trump’s tax returns (including personal deductions, cancellation of debt, conservation easements, business payments to relatives, depreciation, and conflicts of interest) that were raised by the New
Eric is a partner in Green & Sklarz LLC, a boutique tax firm with offices in Connecticut and New York. The focus of Attorney Eric L. Green’s practice is civil and criminal taxpayer representation before the Department of Justice Tax Division, Internal Revenue Service, and state Departments of Revenue Services. His practice also handles probate matters and estate planning for individuals and business owners, and tax planning for closely-held businesses. He is a frequent lecturer on tax topics for CCH, the NAEA, the NATP, the ABA Tax Section, and the Connecticut Society of CPAs. Attorney Green has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is the author of The Accountant’s Guide to IRS Collection (available www.tgpublish.com), and he is a columnist for CCH’s Journal of Practice & Procedure. He is also the founder of The New England IRS Representation Conference. Mr. Green is a contributing author for Advocating for Low-Income Taxpayers: A Clinical Studies Casebook, 3rd Edition, and has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Consumer Reports, The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, TheStreet.com, and CreditCard.com. Before practicing law Attorney Green served as a senior tax consultant for KPMG and Deloitte & Touche. Attorney Green was the 2010 Nolan Fellow of the American Bar Association and has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Closely Held Businesses Tax Committee. Attorney Green is the current Chair of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Tax Section. Eric is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (“ACTC”) and a Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and American Bar Association member. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut Superior Courts, as well as the United States Tax Court, the Federal Court of Claims, and the Federal District Court for Connecticut. Attorney Green received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting with a minor in International Business from Hofstra University and is an honor graduate from New England School of Law. He earned a Masters of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Freeman is the founding member of Freeman Law, PLLC. He is a dual-credentialed attorney-CPA, author, law professor, and trial attorney. Mr. Freeman has been recognized multiple times by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas and by Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazine. He was recently honored by the American Bar Association, receiving its “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” in America award, and recognized as a Top 100 Up-And-Coming Attorney in Texas. He was also named the “Leading Tax Controversy Litigation Attorney of the Year” for the State of Texas by AI.
He serves on the law school faculty at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, where he teaches a federal income tax law course. He is a frequent public speaker across the country, presenting and educating on various legal topics. He is the President of the North Texas chapter of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, a former executive board member of the Texas Society of CPAs, and the Texas Society of CPAs chairman-elect. He is also a council member for the Tax Section of the Texas State Bar.
Mr. Freeman represents clients in litigation and disputes, with a particular focus on federal and state tax controversies, as well as white-collar and financial disputes, both civil and criminal. He handles IRS audits and other investigations and represents clients facing tax and white-collar or financial-related charges. He also advises and assists clients with tax and regulatory compliance, including domestic and international tax planning and regulatory reporting requirements, as well as cryptocurrency and Blockchain implementations.
Daniel has more than 20 years of professional tax experience and experience in federal, international, and financial products taxation. He is a member of Withum’s National Tax Services Group and oversees the U.S. Federal income tax research, planning, and review functions. He is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and cross-border transactions.
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