This class is offered online as well as live at Bergen Community College in the BCC 1280 Wall St. W, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 in Room 505

The last year saw some exciting pro-taxpayer changes in the area of international taxation controversy. This panel of IRS employees, tax professionals and attorneys explore both Farhy v. Commissioner and Bittner v. Commissioner. Also, the panel explores recent changes in at the IRS Independent Office of Appeals including their obligation to produce evidence in a 6751(b) penalty appeal and a recent policy change which denies admission of new evidence that the Service wasn’t previously provided with prior to the appeal. Finally, the panel takes a deep dive into recent developments in privilege which affects preparers, Kovel accountants, and those relying on IRC 7525 protections.

Tax Professionals that attend are encouraged to accept a pro bono tax controversy case assignment from NYCLA, an ABA-sponsored Tax Court Pro program or a NY or NJ low-income Tax Clinic.

Chester, New York based John Sheeley, EA began his career in the tax industry in 1987, passing the IRS special enrollment exam in 1995. His career includes 13 years as a multi-unit franchisee of a national tax firm and 5 years as a tax manager at a regional CPA firm in New York. A National Tax Practice Institute fellow, John completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Oswego.

John formed his current tax services firm in 2008, with a focus on the tax and representation needs of U.S. citizens living abroad, and non‐resident alien entrepreneurs and entertainers living and working in the United States. The Firm prepares the occasional cannabis industry and crypto currency tax return.

John is also the founder of Tax Practice Pro, Inc, a national continuing education provider. His current teaching focus centers on taxation of legal marijuana businesses, problems of S corps, and taxation of non-resident aliens and those living abroad. He can be reached at
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