Michael Sardar

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Top Rated Tax Attorney in New York, NY

Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
 | 7 World Trade Center, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-808-8100
Fax: 212-808-8108
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Tax: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

An associate at Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, Michael Sardar provides skilled representation for his clients in New York, New York. He focuses his practice primarily on civil and criminal income tax controversies, and he also has experience providing defense representation to individuals and companies who have been accused of securities fraud.

In 2004, Mr. Sardar graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in business administration from Baruch College. He then commenced his legal education at Cornell Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2007. After graduation, Mr. Sardar was an associate at the New York City office of an international law firm, focusing on tax transactional matters for two years before joining Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP. He has amassed substantial experience representing clients who have unreported foreign assets, helping them to get into compliance and to utilize the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program through the IRS. His work has also included helping individuals report their previously undisclosed income to both the IRS and to state tax authorities, and he has advocated for clients in both civil and criminal tax controversies. Mr. Sardar regularly represents his clients before the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities, and he is experienced in negotiating with state and federal prosecutors. He is admitted to practice before all New York state courts.

An active participant in a variety of legal organizations, Mr. Sardar has served as a vice chair of the Committee on Taxation of the New York County Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Personal Income Taxation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Tax (60%): Tax Law

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Tax (10%): Tax Law

Focus Areas

Tax Law, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018

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About Michael Sardar

Admitted: 2008, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.kflaw.com/michael_sardar

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Bar Association, Taxation Section, New York, Co-Chair
  • New York, Second Department, 2008
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Personal Income Taxation, Member
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), Taxation Committee, Vice-Chair

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Analysis Of The Penalties For Willful Failure To File Reports Of Foreign Bank Accounts, New York University 68th Institute On Federal Taxation, May 2010, along with Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.
  • Author, Minimizing Penalties For Unreported Foreign Accounts, Law Journal Newsletters, Business Crimes Bulletin, April 2010 Edition, Vol. 17 No.8
  • Author, Fraud & Negligence, The FBAR And The Fifth Amendment, Journal of Taxation, September 2009 Edition, Vol. 111 No. 3
  • Author, A Tax Return Do-Over?, The CPA Journal, July 2016
  • Co-Author, The Panama Papers: A Reminder To Taxpayers That It’s Not Too Late To Clean Up Unreported Offshore Assets, Tax Stringer – NYSSCPA, May 2016, along with Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.
  • Author, The IRS's Hard Line On Offshore Compliance: Recent Developments Encourage Voluntary Disclosure, The CPA Journal, March 2015
  • Co-Author, Tax Penalties On Unreported Foreign Assets: Who Foots The Bill?, Unreported Foreign Assets, Volume 27, Number 1, 2014-2015, along with Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.
  • Co-Author, The Fourth Circuit Goes Too Far By Imposing A Willful FBAR Penalty On Reckless Conduct In The Williams Case, Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, August - September 2012, along with Bryan C. Skarlatos, Esq.
  • Author, What Constitutes 'Willfulness' For Purposes Of The FBAR Failure-To-File Penalty, Journal of Taxation, September 2010

Educational Background:

  • Baruch College, B.B.A., Major: Marketing Management, Honors: summa cum laude, 2004
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7 World Trade Center
34th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-808-8100

Fax: 212-808-8108

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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