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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Income Tax Issues
Abusive Tax Shelters

Ryder & Associates Inc. v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-88

On July 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Ryder & Associates Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-88). The primary issues presented in Ryder & Associates Inc. v. Commissioner were whether the petitioners received unreported gross receipts from their company, and whether the petitioners had significant unreported dividend income. Author’s Note on Ryder & Associates v. Commissioner As I mentioned earlier this year, I have never seen it bode well for

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Procedural Issues
Bad Debt Deductions

Kelly v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-76

On June 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kelly v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-76). The primary issues presented in Kelly v. Commissioner were whether transfers from a company to the petitioner were loans, and if so, whether the petitioner received taxable distributions or cancellation of indebtedness (COD) income when the loans were cancelled. Background to Kelly v. Commissioner The petitioner was a 50% owner of Lucky Bastard Records.

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Penalties Under the Code
Bad Mr. Bell

Bell Capital Management Inc. v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-74

Bell Capital Management, Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74) On June 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Bell Capital Management, Inc.v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74). The primary issues presented in Bell Capital Management, Inc. were whether (1) petitioner is collaterally estopped from denying that it was responsible for paying the employment taxes; (2) whether the IRS properly determined that Ron H. Bell should be legally classified as petitioner’s

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Penalties Under the Code
Burden of Proof

Jenkins v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-54

On May 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Jenkins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-54). The primary issues presented in Jenkins v. Commissioner was whether the IRS has proven fraud, and the amount of unreported income for the consolidated petitioners. Just a Head’s Up re: Jenkins v. Commissioner This opinion by Judge Holmes contains a “waddle” of penguins that speak in French, a forged Kerguelenois diplomatic passport, and a

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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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Ryder & Associates Inc. v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-88

On July 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Ryder & Associates Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-88). The primary issues presented in Ryder & Associates Inc. v. Commissioner were whether the petitioners received unreported gross receipts from their company, and whether the petitioners had significant

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Kelly v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-76

On June 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kelly v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-76). The primary issues presented in Kelly v. Commissioner were whether transfers from a company to the petitioner were loans, and if so, whether the petitioner received taxable distributions or

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Bell Capital Management Inc. v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-74

Bell Capital Management, Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74) On June 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Bell Capital Management, Inc.v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74). The primary issues presented in Bell Capital Management, Inc. were whether (1) petitioner is collaterally estopped from denying

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Jenkins v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-54

On May 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Jenkins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-54). The primary issues presented in Jenkins v. Commissioner was whether the IRS has proven fraud, and the amount of unreported income for the consolidated petitioners. Just a Head’s Up

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