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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Income Tax Issues
Collection Due Process

Estate of Washington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-4)

On February 2, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Washington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-4). The primary issue presented in Estate of Washington was whether offers-in-compromise presented by the estate qualified for effective tax administration consideration. No George and Martha Mr. Washington (Tony) wed Mrs. Washington (Lenda) in 1981. They had one child. They divorced in 2006. Mr. Washington had unpaid income tax liabilities for 2008, 2009,

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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
Collection Alternatives

Roberts v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-131)

On November 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Roberts v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-131). The primary issue presented in Roberts was whether the settlement officer abused his discretion in determining that petitioner was ineligible for a collection alternative. Held: No. Background to Roberts v. Commissioner The petitioner has unpaid tax liabilities for 2004-2007. In an effort to collect these liabilities the IRS filed an NFTL, and in May

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Procedural Issues
Audit Reconsideration

Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108)

On September 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108). The primary issues presented in Pazden were (1) whether Ms. Pazden is entitled to challenge her underlying tax liability for 2010, and (2) whether Appeals abused its discretion in sustaining the proposed levy in this case. Held: Nope and Nope. Background Ms. Pazden failed to timely file her 2010 Federal income tax return. The

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Procedural Issues
Collection Due Process

Webb v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-105)

On August 31, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Webb v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-105). The primary issue presented in Webb was whether Appeals abused its discretion when it declined to place the petitioner in currently not collectible (CNC) status. Background to Webb v. Commissioner On March 4, 2019, the IRS issued to the petitioner a Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing

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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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Estate of Washington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-4)

On February 2, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Washington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-4). The primary issue presented in Estate of Washington was whether offers-in-compromise presented by the estate qualified for effective tax administration consideration. No George and Martha Mr. Washington

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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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Roberts v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-131)

On November 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Roberts v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-131). The primary issue presented in Roberts was whether the settlement officer abused his discretion in determining that petitioner was ineligible for a collection alternative. Held: No. Background to Roberts

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Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108)

On September 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108). The primary issues presented in Pazden were (1) whether Ms. Pazden is entitled to challenge her underlying tax liability for 2010, and (2) whether Appeals abused its discretion in

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Webb v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-105)

On August 31, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Webb v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-105). The primary issue presented in Webb was whether Appeals abused its discretion when it declined to place the petitioner in currently not collectible (CNC) status. Background to Webb v.

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