Income Tax Issues
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Parker v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-111

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Parker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-111). The primary issues presented in Parker v. Commissioner were (1) whether petitioners can deduct, on Schedule C (Profit or Loss From Business), car and truck expenses in excess of the amount the IRS allowed; (2) whether petitioners can deduct retirement contributions in excess of the amount the IRS allowed; (3) whether petitioners can deduct expenses

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Income Tax Issues
Deductions

Nurumbi v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-79

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Nurumbi v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-79). The primary issue presented in Nurumbi v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner was subject to the heightened substantiation rules under IRC § 274(d), or whether the exception to such rules for vehicles for hire applied. Held:  Background to Nurumbi v. Commissioner The petitioner was an Uber pimp. He maintained a stable of Uber drivers

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Business Related Issues
Bad Debt Losses

Franklin v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-127

On September 3, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Franklin v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-127). The primary issues before the court in Franklin v. Commissioner were whether the petitioner was entitled to meal, entertainment, and travel expense deductions and whether the petitioner was entitled to deduct certain business losses. Creating Substantiation in Franklin v. Commissioner The petitioner was in the real estate investment consulting business, which appears to be

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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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Income Tax Issues
Deductibility of Expenses

Christensen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-14)

On January 15, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Christensen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-14). The sole issue presented in Christensen v. Commissioner was whether employee expenses for travel to and from home and work were deductible under IRC § 162(a). Deductibility of Expenses in General as explained by Christensen v. Commissioner Because deductions are a “matter of legislative grace,” taxpayers bear the burden of establishing their entitlement thereto.

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Income Tax Issues
Books and Records

Near v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-10

On January 14, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Near v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-10). The issue presented in Near v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner, an attorney for a public utility in California, could deduct unreimbursed employee business expenses incurred while travelling for work when the employee had a right to seek reimbursement from his employer. Ordinary and Necessary Business Expenses under IRC § 162 in Near v.

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Income Tax Issues
Accuracy Related Penalty

Rivera v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-7

On January 13, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Rivera v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-7). The issues presented in Rivera v. Commissioner were whether (1) the petitioners’ partnership received and failed to report gross receipts on Forms 1065, (2) the partnership is entitled to certain deductions claimed on the partnership returns, and (3) the petitioners are liable for IRC § 6662(a) accuracy-related penalties.

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Parker v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-111

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Parker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-111). The primary issues presented in Parker v. Commissioner were (1) whether petitioners can deduct, on Schedule C (Profit or Loss From Business), car and truck expenses in excess of the

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Nurumbi v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-79

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Nurumbi v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-79). The primary issue presented in Nurumbi v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner was subject to the heightened substantiation rules under IRC § 274(d), or whether the exception to such

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Franklin v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-127

On September 3, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Franklin v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-127). The primary issues before the court in Franklin v. Commissioner were whether the petitioner was entitled to meal, entertainment, and travel expense deductions and whether the petitioner was entitled

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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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Christensen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-14)

On January 15, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Christensen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-14). The sole issue presented in Christensen v. Commissioner was whether employee expenses for travel to and from home and work were deductible under IRC § 162(a). Deductibility of Expenses

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Near v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-10

On January 14, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Near v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-10). The issue presented in Near v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner, an attorney for a public utility in California, could deduct unreimbursed employee business expenses incurred while travelling for

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Rivera v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-7

On January 13, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Rivera v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-7). The issues presented in Rivera v. Commissioner were whether (1) the petitioners’ partnership received and failed to report gross receipts on Forms 1065, (2) the partnership is entitled to

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