Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11)

On February 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11). The primary issue presented in Shaddix was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of federal tax lien by denying the petitioner the ability to challenge his underlying liability. Held: In a rare abuse of discretion victory for a taxpayer, the Tax Court in Shaddix v. Commissioner actually

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Starcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-144)

On December 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Starcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-144). The primary issue presented in Starcher was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of intent to levy. Held: Discretion sound—no abuse here. Background The petitioner did not file an income tax return for 2014, so the IRS prepared a substitute for return (SFR) for her pursuant to

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Bunton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-141)

On December 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Bunton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-141). The primary issue presented in Bunton was whether the IRS office of Appeals abused its discretion by sustaining a levy upon the taxpayers’ (read: tax protesters) state tax refund. Held: Not so much. Background to Bunton v. Commissioner The petitioners are tax protesters, who adopted the good ol’ “we’re not federal workers or them

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

O’Donnell v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-134)

On November 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of O’Donnell v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-134). The primary issue presented in O’Donnell was whether the settlement officer abused his discretion in sustaining the collection action against a taxpayer who had a “blatant disregard for voluntary compliance.” Background to O’Donnell v. Commissioner Let me begin by saying that James O’Donnell is not a paragon of tax compliance. According to Judge Lauber,

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Income Tax Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Dodd v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-118)

On October 5, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Dodd v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-118). The primary issue presented in Dodd were whether the petitioner was liable for the unpaid tax related to unreported IRC § 1231 gain Holding: Indeed she was. Background During 2013, the petitioner in Dodd v. Commissioner was employed as the office manager of a law firm in Washington, D.C. During 2013, and continuing at

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116). The primary issue presented in McCrory was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office’s rejections of the petitioner’s claims were unsupported by the administrative record and were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law. Background to Whistleblower Claims in McCrory v. Commissioner The petitioner submitted six Forms 211 (Application for

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Kidz University Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-101)

On August 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kidz University Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-101). The primary issues presented in Kidz University Inc. were whether the settlement officer: (1) properly verified that the requirements of applicable law or administrative procedure were met; (2) considered any relevant issues Kidz University raised; and (3) considered whether any proposed collection action balances the need for the efficient collection of taxes

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Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11)

On February 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11). The primary issue presented in Shaddix was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of federal tax lien by denying the petitioner the

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Starcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-144)

On December 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Starcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-144). The primary issue presented in Starcher was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of intent to levy. Held: Discretion sound—no abuse here.

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Bunton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-141)

On December 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Bunton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-141). The primary issue presented in Bunton was whether the IRS office of Appeals abused its discretion by sustaining a levy upon the taxpayers’ (read: tax protesters) state tax refund.

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O’Donnell v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-134)

On November 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of O’Donnell v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-134). The primary issue presented in O’Donnell was whether the settlement officer abused his discretion in sustaining the collection action against a taxpayer who had a “blatant disregard for voluntary

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Dodd v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-118)

On October 5, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Dodd v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-118). The primary issue presented in Dodd were whether the petitioner was liable for the unpaid tax related to unreported IRC § 1231 gain Holding: Indeed she was. Background During

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McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116). The primary issue presented in McCrory was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office’s rejections of the petitioner’s claims were unsupported by the administrative record and were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse

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Kidz University Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-101)

On August 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kidz University Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-101). The primary issues presented in Kidz University Inc. were whether the settlement officer: (1) properly verified that the requirements of applicable law or administrative procedure were met;

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