Income Tax Issues
Accuracy Related Penalty

Villanueva v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-27

On March 31, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Villanueva v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-27). The primary issue presented in Villanueva v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner was entitled to a net operating loss deduction. Held: Sorry, Edgardo, not today. Background to Villanueva v. Commissioner The IRS determined deficiencies against the petitioner for 2013 and 2014 of $61,832 and $90,408, respectively, and an IRC § 6662(a) accuracy-related penalty and

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Penalties Under the Code
Accuracy Related Penalty

Soni v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-137

On December 1, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137). The primary issues presented in Soni were (1) whether the petitioners filed a valid joint return; (2) whether the period of limitations for assessment of tax under IRC § 6501(a) and (c)(4) expired before the issuance of the notice of deficiency; (3) whether the petitioners are liable for an addition to tax under IRC

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Penalties Under the Code
Failure to File Penalty

Morris v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-120

On October 25, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Morris v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-120). The primary issue presented in Morris v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner’s or liable for penalties for failure to timely file (IRC § 6651(a)(1)), failure to timely pay (IRC § 6651(a)(2)), and failure to pay estimated tax (IRC § 6654). Held: Yes. Yes, they were. Background to Morris v. Commissioner Mr. Morris was a

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Income Tax Issues
Bona Fide Residence

Wood v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-103

On August 18, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Wood v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-103). The primary issues presented in Wood v. Commissioner were whether the petitioner is entitled to exclude from gross income, as “foreign earned income” under IRC § 911(a)(1), the wages she earned while employed as a contractor on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan; and (2) whether the petitioner is liable for a late-filing penalty

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Abraham v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-97

On August 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Abraham v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-97). The primary issue presented in Abraham v. Commissioner  was whether the settlement officer abused its discretion in rejecting the petitioners’ offer in compromise and by not performing a bankruptcy analysis. Initial Observations about Abraham v. Commissioner Father Abraham three wives—Hagar, Sarah, and Keteurah. Jerry Abraham had one wife. Her name was Debra. The Returns

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Excess Benefit Transactions

Ononuju v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-94

On July 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Ononuju v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-94). The primary issue presented in Ononuju v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner was liable for excise tax pursuant to IRC § 4958 as a “disqualified person” who engages in an “excess benefit transaction” with a tax-exempt charity. Background to Assessment in Ononuju v. Commissioner The IRS determined that the petitioner was a disqualified person

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Procedural Issues
Cocktail Napkin Returns

What is a Tax Return and When is it Good Enough?

As Supreme Court Justice William Brandies noted so eloquently in a 1930 opinion, “[t]he word ‘return’ is not a technical word of art.”[1] Translated from circumlocution and niceties to frank and righteous indignation, this means that Congress (via the IRS), which exerts so much time, energy, resources, and three to four shared administrative brain cells to the task of assigning and perfecting the definitions of definitions, beating a dead horse until even the glue factory

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Villanueva v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-27

On March 31, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Villanueva v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-27). The primary issue presented in Villanueva v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner was entitled to a net operating loss deduction. Held: Sorry, Edgardo, not today. Background to Villanueva v.

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Soni v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-137

On December 1, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137). The primary issues presented in Soni were (1) whether the petitioners filed a valid joint return; (2) whether the period of limitations for assessment of tax under IRC §

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Morris v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-120

On October 25, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Morris v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-120). The primary issue presented in Morris v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner’s or liable for penalties for failure to timely file (IRC § 6651(a)(1)), failure to timely pay (IRC

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Wood v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-103

On August 18, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Wood v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-103). The primary issues presented in Wood v. Commissioner were whether the petitioner is entitled to exclude from gross income, as “foreign earned income” under IRC § 911(a)(1), the wages

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Abraham v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-97

On August 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Abraham v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-97). The primary issue presented in Abraham v. Commissioner  was whether the settlement officer abused its discretion in rejecting the petitioners’ offer in compromise and by not performing a bankruptcy

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Ononuju v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-94

On July 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Ononuju v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-94). The primary issue presented in Ononuju v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner was liable for excise tax pursuant to IRC § 4958 as a “disqualified person” who engages in

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What is a Tax Return and When is it Good Enough?

As Supreme Court Justice William Brandies noted so eloquently in a 1930 opinion, “[t]he word ‘return’ is not a technical word of art.”[1] Translated from circumlocution and niceties to frank and righteous indignation, this means that Congress (via the IRS), which exerts so much time, energy, resources, and three to

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