Avoiding Tax Malpractice Webcast | 4203020F STARTS AT 6:30 AM PDT CANCELED

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January 13, 2021 6:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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CPE 8.00, MCLE 6.50, IRS-TX 8.00, CTEC-TX 8.00
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Identify topics related to allegations of malpractice committed by tax professionals and review risk management techniques.

Inherent in the services of a tax professional is the risk that a client may assert practitioner malpractice. Clients may also accuse an adviser of being unethical or incompetent. Explore the reasons clients make such claims, and learn techniques and procedures to minimize the risk. Review effective client communication skills and tools to protect yourself from malpractice exposure and more.






  • Identify topics related to allegations of malpractice committed by tax professionals.
  • Determine how to recognize high-risk engagements.
  • Recognize relevant ethical considerations.
  • Identify tools for insulating yourself from malpractice exposure.
  • Determine appropriate loss prevention procedures.
  • Determine effective communication with clients regarding objectives and expectations.

Major Subjects:

  • Technical definitions of tax malpractice.
  • Risk management techniques: engagement letters, quality control procedures and maintaining professional competence.
  • Aggressive tax strategies.
  • "War stories" dealing with tax-related claims against CPAs.
  • Insurance carrier experiences.
  • Substantive tax areas: tax-deferred exchanges, built-in gains, alternative minimum tax and overlooked tax elections.

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Randall J Dean, Esq
Mr. Dean was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1979. In 1983, he earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of California and the Bar of the United States District Court for the Central District of California in 1983. He is also admitted to the Bar of the United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit. Mr. Dean is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is also President of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. He is on the ADR Committee of the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar and on the DRI Task Force on Judicial Independence. Mr. Dean is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the California CPA Education Society. His publications include Experts and Attorneys: Joint and Several Defendants?, The Witness Chair; The Court-Appointed Expert Witness, The Witness Chair; Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest, California CPA; Effective Client-Screening Techniques, The National Public Accountant; Tight Building Syndrome - In The Defense of HVAC Contractors, HVAC Product News; In Defense of Tight Building Syndrome, For The Defense; A Profile of Liability and Damages for Accountants - Guidelines for Risk Management in Today's Litigious Environment, The National Public Accountant. Mr. Dean has also spoken extensively to accountants concerning claims, litigation, and claim prevention. Mr. Dean has tried, arbitrated, and mediated numerous matters. His areas of specialization include accountant malpractice, business, and employment litigation. Mr. Dean's E-Mail address is rdean@cgdrblaw.com.
Arthur J. Dellinger, CPA
As senior tax partner at Cooper Moss Resnick Klein & Co. LLP, Kip Dellinger provides services as an expert in the areas of CPA tax practice regulatory discipline and malpractice matters; this includes his engagement by Big 4 CPA firms as an expert pertaining to conduct matters and substantive technical issues in several tax shelter malpractice cases. He also represents clients in tax controversy matters and provides services to tax counsel in civil tax matters. He has written several dozen articles and is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of tax standards and tax procedure and technical tax matters. Dellinger is a recipient of the Saul Braverman Memorial Award of the CalCPA’s Committee on Taxation for distinguished service in tax practice. He is the recipient of the CalCPA Education Foundation’s 2013-2014 Award for Instructor Excellence, and is a recipient of a 2015 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Feature Writing. He wrote the “Policy and Practice” column for Tax Notes magazine for several years, is the former columnist for tax practitioner conduct standards and ethics for TAXES (CCH) magazine, and is quoted multiple times in As Sure As Death (2015 edition), a leading compendium of quotations about taxes. Dellinger serves on the AICPA Tax Division’s Tax Executive Committee and is a past chair of the AICPA Tax Division’s Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee and is the author of the Practical Guide to Federal Tax Practice Standards (CCH, 2007). He developed and teaches full-day courses on tax practice standards, conduct and quality control for California CPAs and quality control in a tax practice for the CalCPA Education Foundation. He also co-authors and teaches courses in avoiding tax malpractice and tax practice and procedure for California CPAs for the Foundation. Dellinger has spoken before the USC Law School Institute on Federal Taxation, the AICPA National Tax Conference, the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, the Illinois Society of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Tennessee Society of CPAs and the California Tax Bar on multiple occasions. He is frequent speaker before other CPA and tax attorney conferences, meetings and discussion groups and has presented several national webcasts for CCH on the topics of FIN 48 for private companies, federal tax practice standards, and tax practice quality control matters and foreign income tax reporting and disclosure. Dellinger joined Cooper Moss Resnick Klein & Co. LLP in the San Fernando Valley in January 2012. He continues to maintain an office in Santa Monica.


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