Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49). The primary issues presented in Barnes were whether the statute of limitations on collections had run with respect to the petitioners 2003 liability, whether their 2003 tax liability had been discharged in bankruptcy, whether the IRS abused its discretion in sustaining a Notice of Federal Tax Lien as to the 2003 liability. Background The

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Income Tax Issues
Actual Knowledge

A Deep Dive into Innocent Spouse Relief

Uncle Bill has four children…that he knows of. We met Jedediah in a previous post. Jethro is on year four of his five-year stint at Raiford for possession of amphetamines with intent to distribute. In his defense, Jethro agreed with the officer that the crank was his.  However, he vehemently denied that he had any intent whatsoever to share it with anyone else. (Candidly, you absolutely believe him.)  Bill and Ethel’s daughters Jennie and Jaime

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Procedural Issues
Assessment

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Liens) – Part Three: Release or Discharge of a Federal Tax Lien

In the first article in our series on Federal tax liens, we discussed the IRS’s authority, and limits thereto, with regard to imposing and enforcing liens against taxpayers.  In the second article in this series on liens, we discussed the procedure and effect of filing a Federal tax lien. In this third article, we briefly discuss the release, discharge, or subordination of a Federal tax lien. Certificate of Release and Certificate of Discharge The IRS

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Procedural Issues
Assessment

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Liens) – Part Two: Effect of Tax Lien

As noted in the first article in this series, a federal tax lien is not valid as against any purchaser, holder of a security interest, mechanic’s lienor, or judgment lien creditor until appropriate notice of the lien has been appropriately filed by the IRS.[1] With respect to real property, the notice of lien must generally be filed only once in the office designated by the laws of the state in which the property subject to

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Procedural Issues
Assessment

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Assessment) – Part Three: Termination and Jeopardy Assessments

In the first article in this series about collection and assessment, we explored the basics of assessment.  In the second article, we examined the nuances of deficiencies.  In this third article, we examine termination and jeopardy assessments. Termination Assessments If the IRS finds that a taxpayer aims to quickly do any act tending to prejudice or to render wholly or partially ineffectual proceedings to collect the income tax for the current or the immediately preceding

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Procedural Issues
90-Day Letter

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Assessment) – Part Two: Authority and Limits on Assessment

In the first article in this series about the IRS’s ability to assess tax and additions thereto, we explored the basics of assessment.  In this second article, we’ll examine deficiencies.  In the third article, we’ll examine termination and jeopardy assessments. Deficiencies, Generally For purposes of income, estate, gift, and excise taxes, a deficiency is the amount by which the tax imposed by the Code exceeds the amount of tax shown on the taxpayer’s return, plus

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Procedural Issues
Abatement of Interest

Mainstay Business Solutions v. Commissioner (156 T.C. No. 7)

On March 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Mainstay Business Solutions v. Commissioner, 156 T.C. No. 7. The underlying issue presented in Mainstay Business Solutions was whether the Tax Court has the discretion to allow a petitioner to withdraw a petition when the petitioner did not invoke the Tax Court’s jurisdiction to redetermine a deficiency. Context I am a bit delinquent in my summaries. Mea culpa. Nonetheless, at the time of writing

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Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49). The primary issues presented in Barnes were whether the statute of limitations on collections had run with respect to the petitioners 2003 liability, whether their 2003 tax liability had

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A Deep Dive into Innocent Spouse Relief

Uncle Bill has four children…that he knows of. We met Jedediah in a previous post. Jethro is on year four of his five-year stint at Raiford for possession of amphetamines with intent to distribute. In his defense, Jethro agreed with the officer that the crank was his.  However, he vehemently

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Mainstay Business Solutions v. Commissioner (156 T.C. No. 7)

On March 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Mainstay Business Solutions v. Commissioner, 156 T.C. No. 7. The underlying issue presented in Mainstay Business Solutions was whether the Tax Court has the discretion to allow a petitioner to withdraw a petition when the petitioner did not invoke

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