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 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 or

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Procedural Issues
Audit Reconsideration

Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108)

On September 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108). The primary issues presented in Pazden were (1) whether Ms. Pazden is entitled to challenge her underlying tax liability for 2010, and (2) whether Appeals abused its discretion in sustaining the proposed levy in this case. Held: Nope and Nope. Background Ms. Pazden failed to timely file her 2010 Federal income tax return. The

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Procedural Issues
Bankruptcy

Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100)

On August 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100). The primary issues presented in Wathen were whether the petitioner failed to report income, whether the petitioner is entitled to deductions on Schedule C, whether the petitioner is liable for the failure to file penalty for 2010 and 2011, and whether the petitioner is liable for the substantial understatement accuracy-related penalty. Background to Wathen

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Income Tax Issues
Books and Records

Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50). The primary issue presented in Chancellor was whether the IRS erred in disallowing deductions the petitioner claimed for certain business expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local tax. Brief Background Ms. Viola Chancellor, of Nevada, is a notary and a paralegal.  In 2015, she received $400 from her duties as such.  She reported a

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Procedural Issues
Abuse of Discretion

Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49). The primary issues presented in Barnes were whether the statute of limitations on collections had run with respect to the petitioners 2003 liability, whether their 2003 tax liability had been discharged in bankruptcy, whether the IRS abused its discretion in sustaining a Notice of Federal Tax Lien as to the 2003 liability. Background The

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Procedural Issues
Assessment

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Assessment) – Part Three: Termination and Jeopardy Assessments

In the first article in this series about collection and assessment, we explored the basics of assessment.  In the second article, we examined the nuances of deficiencies.  In this third article, we examine termination and jeopardy assessments. Termination Assessments If the IRS finds that a taxpayer aims to quickly do any act tending to prejudice or to render wholly or partially ineffectual proceedings to collect the income tax for the current or the immediately preceding

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Procedural Issues
90-Day Letter

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Assessment) – Part Two: Authority and Limits on Assessment

In the first article in this series about the IRS’s ability to assess tax and additions thereto, we explored the basics of assessment.  In this second article, we’ll examine deficiencies.  In the third article, we’ll examine termination and jeopardy assessments. Deficiencies, Generally For purposes of income, estate, gift, and excise taxes, a deficiency is the amount by which the tax imposed by the Code exceeds the amount of tax shown on the taxpayer’s return, plus

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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 was whether the Tax Court has jurisdiction to order the refund of a TIPRA payment. What is a TIPRA Payment? The Tax Increase

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Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108)

On September 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108). The primary issues presented in Pazden were (1) whether Ms. Pazden is entitled to challenge her underlying tax liability for 2010, and (2) whether Appeals abused its discretion in

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Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100)

On August 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100). The primary issues presented in Wathen were whether the petitioner failed to report income, whether the petitioner is entitled to deductions on Schedule C, whether the petitioner is liable

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Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50). The primary issue presented in Chancellor was whether the IRS erred in disallowing deductions the petitioner claimed for certain business expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local tax. Brief

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Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Barnes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-49). The primary issues presented in Barnes were whether the statute of limitations on collections had run with respect to the petitioners 2003 liability, whether their 2003 tax liability had

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