Business Related Issues
Bad Hackers

Hacker v. Commissioner
(T.C. Memo. 2022-16)

On March 7, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Hacker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-16). The primary issues presented in Hacker were whether the petitioners received imputed wages and constructive dividends from their day care centers and whether the petitioners were liable for the civil fraud penalty under IRC § 6663. A Note on Hacker v. Commissioner You may remember the Hackers from two Tax Court opinions from 2021,

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Penalties Under the Code
Bad Mr. Clark

Clark v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-114

On September 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114). The primary issue presented in Clark v. Commissioner  was whether the petitioner fraudulently underreported his income. Held:  Oh, dear God.  The fraud! The Tax Court’s Summary of the Issue in Clark v. Commissioner And I quote: In 2011 through 2014, the years at issue, Robert S. Clark owned an auto body shop, rental properties,

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Penalties Under the Code
Amended Returns

Harrington v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-95

  On July 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Harrington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-95). The primary issue presented in Harrington was whether the IRS’s assessment was assessment is barred by the three-year period of limitations in IRC § 6501(a), or whether the statute of limitations remained open due to fraud under IRC § 6501(c)(1). Summary1 “Sarah, I feel like I don’t even know you.” “It’s Vivian. Would

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Penalties Under the Code
Bad Mr. Catlett

Catlett v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-102

On August 16, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Catlett v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-102). The primary issue presented in Catlett v. Commissioner was whether the IRS satisfied its burdens of production and proof to dismiss the petition for lack of prosecution…because the petitioner died…in prison…on a 17 ½ year stint in the hoosegow for tax crimes and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Background to Catlett v. Commissioner Irvin

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Procedural Issues
Civil Fraud Penalty

Belanger v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-130

On September 10, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Belanger v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-130). The primary issues before the court in Belanger v. Commissioner were (1) whether the IRS timely mailed a notice of deficiency to the petitioner; (3) whether the petitioner had unreported income; and (3) whether the petitioner was liable for civil fraud penalties. Background to Belanger v. Commissioner The petitioner is French-Canadian, so he can’t

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Business Related Issues
Badges of Fraud

Collins v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-50

On April 23, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Collins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-50). The issues before the court in Collins v. Commissioner were (1) whether petitioners were entitled to numerous categories of deductions and whether they provided substantiation to prove entitlement; (2) whether the petitioners are liable for additions to tax for failing to timely file their returns; and whether petitioner-husband is liable for the civil fraud

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Penalties Under the Code
A Petitioner Named Dung

Tran v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-27

On February 26, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Tran v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-27). The three primary issues presented in Tran v. Commissioner were (1) whether the IRS is barred by the doctrine of collateral estoppel from relitigating the petitioners’ tax liability for 2006; (2) whether the petitioners failed to report gross receipts on Schedule C (Profits or Loss From Business) with regard to their nail salons in

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Hacker v. Commissioner
(T.C. Memo. 2022-16)

On March 7, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Hacker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-16). The primary issues presented in Hacker were whether the petitioners received imputed wages and constructive dividends from their day care centers and whether the petitioners were liable for the

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Clark v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-114

On September 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114). The primary issue presented in Clark v. Commissioner  was whether the petitioner fraudulently underreported his income. Held:  Oh, dear God.  The fraud! The Tax Court’s Summary of the Issue

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Harrington v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-95

  On July 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Harrington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-95). The primary issue presented in Harrington was whether the IRS’s assessment was assessment is barred by the three-year period of limitations in IRC § 6501(a), or whether the

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Catlett v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-102

On August 16, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Catlett v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-102). The primary issue presented in Catlett v. Commissioner was whether the IRS satisfied its burdens of production and proof to dismiss the petition for lack of prosecution…because the petitioner died…in

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Belanger v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-130

On September 10, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Belanger v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-130). The primary issues before the court in Belanger v. Commissioner were (1) whether the IRS timely mailed a notice of deficiency to the petitioner; (3) whether the petitioner had

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Collins v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-50

On April 23, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Collins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-50). The issues before the court in Collins v. Commissioner were (1) whether petitioners were entitled to numerous categories of deductions and whether they provided substantiation to prove entitlement; (2)

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Tran v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-27

On February 26, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Tran v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-27). The three primary issues presented in Tran v. Commissioner were (1) whether the IRS is barred by the doctrine of collateral estoppel from relitigating the petitioners’ tax liability for

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