Procedural Issues
Determination of Whistleblower Award

Insinga v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 8)

On October 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Insinga v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 8. The primary issue presented in Insinga was whether the Tax Court’s jurisdiction over a whistleblower petition filed under IRC § 7623(b)(4) was extinguished by the death of the petitioner-whistleblower. Held: Heck no; whistle on whistler. Background to Insinga v. Commissioner Pursuant to IRC § 7623(b)(4), the petitioner filed a timely petition in the Tax Court for review

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Procedural Issues
Anonymity in Whistleblower Complaints

Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113)

On September 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113). The primary issues presented in Whistleblower 14377-16W were whether the whistleblower could proceed anonymously, and whether the WBO abused its discretion in denying the whistleblower-petitioner an award. Held: Nope on both counts. Background to “Old 77” Whistleblower and Whistleblower 14377-16W Peter J. Reilly, a Forbes tax contributor, nicknamed the whistleblower in the present

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Rogers v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 3)

On August 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Rogers v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 3. The primary issue presented in Rogers was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office abused its discretion when it rejected/denied the petitioner’s claim. Held: Oh yeah. Side Note One of the attorneys for the IRS is named Bartholomew Cirenza.  There’s a fair to middling chance that he has been given more swirlies, wedgies, and other sundry childhood punishments than

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Kennedy v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-3)

On January 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kennedy v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-3). The issue presented in Kelley was whether the IRS’s whistleblower office abused its discretion in denying the petitioner’s claims. Background The petitioner claimed that three subsidiaries of a taxpayer owed a middling $150m in unpaid excise taxes, penalties, and interest to Uncle Sam.  The IRS Whistleblower Office (WBO) reviewed the claim, and to everyone’s

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Lewis v. Commissioner (154 T.C. No. 8)

On April 8, 2020, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Lewis v. Commissioner, 154 T.C. No. 8. The issue presented in Lewis was whether the IRS abused its discretion in the computation of his award by excluding reported, paid tax from the collected proceeds and by determining that there was no possibility of future proceeds relating to the deceased target taxpayer’s estate. Whistleblower Awards – Tax Court’s Authority to Review Mandatory Awards The moral

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Insinga v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 8)

On October 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Insinga v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 8. The primary issue presented in Insinga was whether the Tax Court’s jurisdiction over a whistleblower petition filed under IRC § 7623(b)(4) was extinguished by the death of the petitioner-whistleblower. Held: Heck no;

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Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113)

On September 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113). The primary issues presented in Whistleblower 14377-16W were whether the whistleblower could proceed anonymously, and whether the WBO abused its discretion in denying the whistleblower-petitioner an award. Held:

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Rogers v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 3)

On August 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Rogers v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 3. The primary issue presented in Rogers was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office abused its discretion when it rejected/denied the petitioner’s claim. Held: Oh yeah. Side Note One of the attorneys for the

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Kennedy v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-3)

On January 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kennedy v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-3). The issue presented in Kelley was whether the IRS’s whistleblower office abused its discretion in denying the petitioner’s claims. Background The petitioner claimed that three subsidiaries of a taxpayer

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Lewis v. Commissioner (154 T.C. No. 8)

On April 8, 2020, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Lewis v. Commissioner, 154 T.C. No. 8. The issue presented in Lewis was whether the IRS abused its discretion in the computation of his award by excluding reported, paid tax from the collected proceeds and by determining that there

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