Procedural Issues
Burden of Proof

Spain v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-58

On May 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Spain v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-58). The primary issue presented in Spain v. Commissioner was whether the petitioners proved that their petition had been timely mailed such that the Tax Court had jurisdiction to entertain their case. The Timing Issue in Spain v. Commissioner The IRS issued petitioners separate notices of determination dated September 10, 2019, sustaining the underlying collection action.

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Procedural Issues
Filing Date

Procedures for Signing and Filing Returns

So, you have to file a tax return. Congratulations. Throw on your grown-up pants, and let’s look at when returns are due, signing of the returns, extensions of time for filing returns, and where to file the returns – all of which are contained in Subchapter A of the Code. If you need a refresher on what makes a return satisfactory to the IRS, check out the article “What is a Return, and When is

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Procedural Issues
Backup Withholding under IRC § 3406

BM Construction v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-13

On February 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of BM Construction v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-13). The primary issue presented in BM Construction v. Commissioner was whether the IRS had satisfied its burden to prove that the letter in question was mailed and actually received for CDP purposes. Background to BM Construction v. Commissioner IRC § 3406 requires a payor to deduct and withhold tax from certain payments not

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Procedural Issues
Decision Letter

Ramey v. Commissioner
156 T.C. No. 1

On January 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Ramey v. Commissioner (156 T.C. No. 1). The underlying issue presented in Ramey v. Commissioner was whether notice sent to last known address, shared by multiple businesses, and not left with anyone authorized to receive the petitioner’s mail, started the CDP Appeal clock in IRC § 6330(a)(2) and (3). Legal Background to Ramey v. Commissioner The IRS may not make a levy unless the

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Income Tax Issues
Collection Due Process Hearing

Savedoff v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-125

On August 31, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Savedoff v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-125). The primary issues before the court in Savedoff were whether the petitioner received proper notice of the Notice of Federal Tax Lien filing and whether the IRS abused its discretion in its ultimate determination against the petitioner. Background to Savedoff v. Commissioner The petitioner is a self-employed attorney. Although she filed income tax returns

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Procedural Issues
Example of a Taxpayer Dragging His Ass

Rivas v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-124

On August 25, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Rivas v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-124). The primary issue before the court in Rivas v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner timely filed her petition.  Spoiler alert: she didn’t. Background to Rivas v. Commissioner The IRS mailed a notice of deficiency by certified mail petitioner on May 21, 2019. The notice of deficiency was sent both to the petitioner’s last known

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Procedural Issues
CDP

Barnhill v. Commissioner (155 T.C. No. 1)

On July 21, 2020, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Barnhill v. Commissioner (155 T.C. No. 1). The issue presented in Barnhill v. Commissioner is whether a taxpayer, who receives a Letter 1153 (Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) Letter), and who timely appeals the TFRP, but who does not receive a meaningful opportunity to challenge his liability for the TFRP (because the taxpayer, for instance and as here, did not receive subsequent correspondence scheduling

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Spain v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-58

On May 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Spain v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-58). The primary issue presented in Spain v. Commissioner was whether the petitioners proved that their petition had been timely mailed such that the Tax Court had jurisdiction to entertain their

Read More »

Procedures for Signing and Filing Returns

So, you have to file a tax return. Congratulations. Throw on your grown-up pants, and let’s look at when returns are due, signing of the returns, extensions of time for filing returns, and where to file the returns – all of which are contained in Subchapter A of the Code.

Read More »

BM Construction v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-13

On February 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of BM Construction v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-13). The primary issue presented in BM Construction v. Commissioner was whether the IRS had satisfied its burden to prove that the letter in question was mailed and actually

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Ramey v. Commissioner
156 T.C. No. 1

On January 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Ramey v. Commissioner (156 T.C. No. 1). The underlying issue presented in Ramey v. Commissioner was whether notice sent to last known address, shared by multiple businesses, and not left with anyone authorized to receive the petitioner’s mail, started

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Savedoff v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-125

On August 31, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Savedoff v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-125). The primary issues before the court in Savedoff were whether the petitioner received proper notice of the Notice of Federal Tax Lien filing and whether the IRS abused its

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Rivas v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-124

On August 25, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Rivas v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-124). The primary issue before the court in Rivas v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner timely filed her petition.  Spoiler alert: she didn’t. Background to Rivas v. Commissioner The IRS

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Barnhill v. Commissioner (155 T.C. No. 1)

On July 21, 2020, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Barnhill v. Commissioner (155 T.C. No. 1). The issue presented in Barnhill v. Commissioner is whether a taxpayer, who receives a Letter 1153 (Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) Letter), and who timely appeals the TFRP, but who does not

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