Penalties Under the Code
Challenging Levy

Kazmi v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-13

On March 1, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kazmi v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-13). The primary issues presented in Kazmi v. Commissioner were (1) whether the petitioner is entitled to challenge the underlying liabilities, and if so, whether he is a responsible person who willfully failed to pay over employment taxes under IRC § 6672, and (2) whether the Appeals abused its discretion in sustaining the collection action.

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Procedural Issues
IRC § 7623

Whistleblower 15977-18W v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-143

On December 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 15977-18W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-143). The primary issue presented in Whistleblower 15977-18W was whether the IRS’s Whistleblower Office (WBO) abused its discretion in concluding that the whistleblower claim did not provide specific and credible information sufficient to establish that the target taxpayer was citizen of United States at birth. Held: Discretion sound—no abuse here. Background In early September

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Income Tax Issues
"Stand-Alone" Innocent Spouse Cases

Coggin v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 12

On December 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Coggin v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 12. The primary issue presented in Coggin was whether the Tax Court lacked jurisdiction in a refund suit for years in which the District Court had previously acquired jurisdiction. Background The petitioner filed amended returns for tax years 2001 through 2009, claiming refunds for 2001 through 2007. The IRS rejected the refund requests for 2003, 2004, and 2007.

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Procedural Issues
Allocation of Tax Payment

Brown v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-112

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112). The sole issue presented in Brown v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court has jurisdiction to order the refund of a TIPRA payment. What is a TIPRA Payment? The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA), Pub. L. No. 109-222, § 509(a), enacted new IRC § 7122(c), effective for offers-in-compromise (OICs) submitted on

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Procedural Issues
Jurisdiction of Tax Court

Mathews v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-85

On July 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-85). The primary issue presented in Mathews v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court had jurisdiction to hear a petitioner when the pro se petitioner filed his petition (sent a letter to the Tax Court) well after the 90 day deadline had passed, and whether because the Tax Court had jurisdiction over one year’s petition,

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Procedural Issues
Dismissal of Tax Court Petition

Stein v. Commissioner
156 T.C. No. 11

On June 17, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Stein v. Commissioner (156 T.C. No. 11). The primary issue presented in Stein v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court has discretion to grant the petitioners’ motion to dismiss a stand-alone petition for recovery of administrative costs when the petition did not invoke the Tax Court’s jurisdiction to redetermine a deficiency under IRC § 6213(a). Factual Background in Stein v. Commissioner The petitioners filed an

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Procedural Issues
IRC § 7345

Shitrit v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-63

On May 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shitrit v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-63). The primary issue presented in Shitrit v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court had jurisdiction to entertain the suit subsequent to the IRS’s concession that its certification of the petitioner’s tax debt as “seriously delinquent” was erroneous. Background to Shitrit v. Commissioner Mr. Uriah Shitrit is a dual citizen of Israel and the United States.

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Kazmi v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-13

On March 1, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kazmi v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-13). The primary issues presented in Kazmi v. Commissioner were (1) whether the petitioner is entitled to challenge the underlying liabilities, and if so, whether he is a responsible person

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Whistleblower 15977-18W v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-143

On December 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 15977-18W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-143). The primary issue presented in Whistleblower 15977-18W was whether the IRS’s Whistleblower Office (WBO) abused its discretion in concluding that the whistleblower claim did not provide specific and

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Coggin v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 12

On December 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Coggin v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 12. The primary issue presented in Coggin was whether the Tax Court lacked jurisdiction in a refund suit for years in which the District Court had previously acquired jurisdiction. Background The petitioner filed

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Brown v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-112

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112). The sole issue presented in Brown v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court has jurisdiction to order the refund of a TIPRA payment. What is a TIPRA Payment? The Tax

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Mathews v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-85

On July 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-85). The primary issue presented in Mathews v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court had jurisdiction to hear a petitioner when the pro se petitioner filed his petition (sent a

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Stein v. Commissioner
156 T.C. No. 11

On June 17, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Stein v. Commissioner (156 T.C. No. 11). The primary issue presented in Stein v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court has discretion to grant the petitioners’ motion to dismiss a stand-alone petition for recovery of administrative costs when the petition

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Shitrit v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-63

On May 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shitrit v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-63). The primary issue presented in Shitrit v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court had jurisdiction to entertain the suit subsequent to the IRS’s concession that its certification of the petitioner’s

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