Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11)

On February 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11). The primary issue presented in Shaddix was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of federal tax lien by denying the petitioner the ability to challenge his underlying liability. Held: In a rare abuse of discretion victory for a taxpayer, the Tax Court in Shaddix v. Commissioner actually

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Procedural Issues
Appeals

Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64)

On May 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64). The primary issue presented in Mason was whether Appeals abused its discretion by reviewing the Centralized Unit’s decision for abuse of discretion instead of reviewing the Masons’ offer on its merits. Background: A Lesson in Bureaucracy Victor and Katherine Mason owed back taxes. They didn’t deny it, but they said they didn’t have the

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Kirkley v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-57)

On May 13, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kirkley v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-57). The primary issue before the court in Kirkley was whether the IRS’s determination that petitioners must liquidate all of their property, including their residence, as a condition for the IRS’s acceptance of an installment agreement, was a (rather egregious) abuse of discretion.

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Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11)

On February 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11). The primary issue presented in Shaddix was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of federal tax lien by denying the petitioner the

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Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64)

On May 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64). The primary issue presented in Mason was whether Appeals abused its discretion by reviewing the Centralized Unit’s decision for abuse of discretion instead of reviewing the Masons’ offer on

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Kirkley v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-57)

On May 13, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kirkley v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-57). The primary issue before the court in Kirkley was whether the IRS’s determination that petitioners must liquidate all of their property, including their residence, as a condition for the

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