Desert Organic Solutions v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-22)

On February 22, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Desert Organic Solutions v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-22). The primary issue presented in Desert Organic Solutions was whether the petitioner, a marijuana-based California business, was liable for a deficiency on the grounds that its activities were illegal under federal law. Note on My Tax Court Hero This is the first of Judge Holmes’ decisions with which I was a bit disappointed.  On the one hand, I had four decisions to summarize this morning, and a three-page opinion was welcome.  On the other, it lacked Judge Holmes’ wit and wisdom.  Any opinion of his without a zinger is a lost opportunity in my opinion.  Further, the marijuana jokes practically write themselves.  Judge Holmes just let the potential for good puns go up in smoke... The Appeal of Patients Mutual Judge Holmes notes succinctly that “[w]e’ve been…

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Llanos v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-21)

On February 22, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Llanos v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-21). The primary issue presented in Llanos was whether the petitioner was liable for penalties under IRC § 6702. The Letter Return On December 1, 2014, the petitioner sent the IRS a letter entitled “Request for Audit Reconsideration for 2010, 2011, and 2012”. The letter states: “I fully intend that the affidavit is my return if I am required to file one.” It further explains that the affidavit includes information to calculate a tax if any is due. The attachment for 2010 is entitled “Request for Determination and Statement/Return of Tax for 2010”, and it states: “I intend that this document is my return if I am required to file one.” He attached the same statement for 2011. The letter raises the question of whether wages he received were taxable…

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Rogers v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-20)

On February 22, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Rogers v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-20). The primary issue presented in Rogers was whether the petitioner was eligible for innocent spouse relief under IRC § 6015(b), (c), or (f). The Wisconsin Tent & Pony Show The petitioner and her erstwhile husband owned the top[1] tent rental company in Madison, Wisconsin.  The petitioner also solely owned to other businesses, one which rented jumping castles in the other which offered pony rides. As a high school graduate and having some banking experience (perhaps as a janitor, the opinion is not clear), the petitioner was the "brains" of the operation and was primarily responsible for maintaining the tent company’s books and records, hiring a payroll company, tracking billing, making loan payments, and making credit card payments.  The petitioner also had signature authority on the bank accounts, prepared and…

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Friendship Creative Printers Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-19)

On February 22, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Friendship Creative Printers, Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-19). The primary issue presented in Friendship Creative was whether the IRS abused its discretion in sustaining a proposed levy action in collection of over $200,000, arising out of the petitioner’s employment tax liabilities and associated penalties. Background In 2013, the petitioner did not timely file Forms 941, timely pay its employment taxes, or timely make the required deposits towards its employment taxes. The petitioner did, however, make partial payments and deposits throughout 2013 towards its employment tax liabilities for the 2013 quarters.  On February 10, 2016, pursuant to substitute-for-return procedures, the IRS made assessments of employment taxes, IRC § 6651(a) additions to tax, and IRC § 6656 penalties for the 2013 quarters as a result of the petitioner’s untimely filings, payments, and deposits. On May 12,…

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