Gunster tax law specialist to address recent SCOTUS decision on contesting IRS summons


June 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Crowne Plaza

Times Square - Manhattan New York City, NY

Martin R. Press, a tax law attorney in Gunster‘s Fort Lauderdale office, will present on the topic of contesting IRS summonses at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) sixth annual tax controversy forum on Friday, June 20, 2014.

The June 20 presentation is especially timely, given the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday, June 19, in U.S. vs. Clarke, which sets a new standard for challenging the enforcement of IRS summonses in some circumstances. This precedent-setting ruling affects all taxpayers throughout the nation. Gunster attorneys represented respondent, Michael Clarke.

Press’ presentation, “But this is just a fishing expedition! Contesting IRS summonses,” begins at 3:45 p.m. on June 20 and is described as follows:

The IRS’ ability to obtain information from taxpayers is an essential component of tax enforcement. IRS requests for information are backed up by the IRS’ ability to issue and enforce a summons. When faced with a demand for documents or testimony, taxpayers are often shocked by the breadth of the IRS’ summons authority. Recent court decisions have addressed when the IRS may enforce a summons and when taxpayers can assert privileges. This panel addresses recent developments affecting the IRS’ ability to demand information, when taxpayers are compelled to respond and what privileges can be asserted.

Moderator for the presentation: James R. Gadwood, Esq., Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York, NY


  • Ian M. Comisky, Esq., Partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Martin R. Press, Esq., Shareholder, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Ellis L. Reemer, Esq., Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), New York, NY
  • Roland Barral, Esq., Senior Advisor, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York, NY
  • Frank de Leon, Esq., Assistant Chief, Civil Trial Section, Western Region, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

The NYU|SCPS 6th annual Tax Controversy Forum brings together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to compare perspectives
on a variety of topics involving federal tax audits, appeals and litigation. The forum covers a wide range of controversy work, from procedural seminars to substantive programs, international issues, ethical problems, current enforcement initiatives sensitive audits, and civil and criminal tax penalties.

The June 20 forum is being held at Crowne Plaza, Times Square, in NYC. For more information, see the NYU|SCPS tax controversy forum brochure (pdf)

As the program states, [e]nforcement is an essential part of our federal tax system. The Tax Controversy Forum is an opportunity to stay current on new developments, exchange ideas and share practice tips, which can contribute to better functioning of the system.


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