Procedural Issues
Dammit Felicia

Pfetzer v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-145)

On December 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pfetzer v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-145). The primary issue presented in Pfetzer was whether the settlement officer failed to fulfill duty to verify that valid notices of deficiency were issued and mailed to taxpayer. Held: You betcha…but the IRS still managed to lose. Background to Pfetzer v. Commissioner The petitioner was not a model taxpayer. In point of fact, the

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Procedural Issues
Dammit Felicia

Peak v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-128)

On November 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Peak v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-128). The primary issue presented in Peak was whether the petitioner was required to report as taxable income the full amounts of distributions he received from certain pension or retirement plans. Held: You betcha. Background to Peak v. Commissioner The petitioner received distributions from three different pension or retirement plans totaling a smidge over $14,000.

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Procedural Issues
CDP

Disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for Prior Involvement

Background to a Fair Collection Due Process Hearing In a previous Taxing, Briefly article, we discussed the IRS collection process including Collection Due Process (CDP) appeal procedures.  As we noted in that article, a CDP appeal is a taxpayer’s opportunity to dispute the appropriateness of a lien or levy.[1] In this post, we’ll discuss the disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for prior involvement in a collection due process hearing and the IRS’s vehement arguments

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Penalties Under the Code
Dammit Felicia

Battat v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-57)

On May 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Battat v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-57). The primary issue presented in Battat was whether the IRS received prior supervisory approval of an initial determination of a penalty under IRC § 6751(b)(1). Same Issue, New Wrinkle The IRC § 6751(b)(1) prior supervisory approval rule has been litigated with substantial regularity over the last year and a half.  Some smart guy (your

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Business Related Issues
Burden of Proof

Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-42)

On April 7, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-42). The primary issues presented in Berry were whether the petitioners S corporation underreported its income, whether the petitioners’ S corporation is entitled to certain claimed deductions, whether the petitioners are entitled to certain claimed deductions, and whether the petitioners are liable for accuracy-related penalties under IRC § 6662. Background In 2013, Ronald Berry and

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Penalties Under the Code
Dammit Felicia

Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-28)

On March 9, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-28). The primary issue presented in Mathews was whether the petitioner was entitled to car and truck expenses which were incurred driving from his residence to the location of his employer, a trucking company. General Rule As a general rule, expenses for traveling between one’s home and one’s place of business or employment are commuting

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Boettcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-4)

On January 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Boettcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-3). The issue presented in Boettcher was whether the settlement officer failed to properly consider the installment agreement requested by the petitioners. Background Petitioner-husband was a news-correspondent-turned-college-professor and petitioner-wife was an attorney (likely not a tax attorney, as you’ll see).  The petitioners delinquently filed their tax returns, but, apparently, they accurately reported the amount of

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Pfetzer v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-145)

On December 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pfetzer v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-145). The primary issue presented in Pfetzer was whether the settlement officer failed to fulfill duty to verify that valid notices of deficiency were issued and mailed to taxpayer. Held:

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Peak v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-128)

On November 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Peak v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-128). The primary issue presented in Peak was whether the petitioner was required to report as taxable income the full amounts of distributions he received from certain pension or retirement

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Disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for Prior Involvement

Background to a Fair Collection Due Process Hearing In a previous Taxing, Briefly article, we discussed the IRS collection process including Collection Due Process (CDP) appeal procedures.  As we noted in that article, a CDP appeal is a taxpayer’s opportunity to dispute the appropriateness of a lien or levy.[1] In

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Battat v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-57)

On May 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Battat v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-57). The primary issue presented in Battat was whether the IRS received prior supervisory approval of an initial determination of a penalty under IRC § 6751(b)(1). Same Issue, New Wrinkle

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Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-42)

On April 7, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-42). The primary issues presented in Berry were whether the petitioners S corporation underreported its income, whether the petitioners’ S corporation is entitled to certain claimed deductions, whether the petitioners

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Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-28)

On March 9, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-28). The primary issue presented in Mathews was whether the petitioner was entitled to car and truck expenses which were incurred driving from his residence to the location of his

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Boettcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-4)

On January 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Boettcher v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-3). The issue presented in Boettcher was whether the settlement officer failed to properly consider the installment agreement requested by the petitioners. Background Petitioner-husband was a news-correspondent-turned-college-professor and petitioner-wife was

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