For more than thirty-five years, Bryan C. Skarlatos has represented corporations and individuals in sensitive matters, many of which involve negotiation or litigation with government agencies. He is internationally recognized for his work on tax controversies, audits, appeals and litigation, criminal tax investigations, and white collar criminal prosecutions.
Mr. Skarlatos is often retained to evaluate the strength of tax positions for tax and financial reporting purposes and to advise on potential remedial actions. He counsels corporations and individuals from around the world on how to come into compliance with U.S. tax law, and he has handled hundreds of voluntary disclosures involving both domestic income and foreign assets.
Mr. Skarlatos is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law where he teaches a course on tax penalties, and he created and co-chairs the annual New York University Tax Controversy Forum, which brings together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to discuss issues related to tax compliance and enforcement.
Mr. Skarlatos has been hired by foreign and state governments, and several other clients, to provide expert testimony on tax penalties. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee as an authority on tax penalties, and he has testified before the Internal Revenue Service regarding the IRS whistleblower law. Mr. Skarlatos was retained by Senator Charles Grassley, the drafter of the IRS whistleblower law, to write an amicus brief on behalf of the Senator in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Chambers and Partners has ranked Mr. Skarlatos in its top tier of lawyers in the U.S. for Tax Fraud in its USA Guide and for Tax: Private Client in the agency’s High Net Worth Guide. Chambers USA Guide has described Mr. Skarlatos as having a “smart reassuring presence with insight into the government….[He is] extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the various tax authorities.” The High Net Worth Guide notes that Mr. Skarlatos “is a brilliant lawyer,” “has a ton of experience,” “has excellent judgement,” and “is very pragmatic and very dedicated to his clients.”
He also has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New York, and Best Lawyers in America has twice named Mr. Skarlatos “Lawyer of the Year” for Tax Litigation in New York.