Taxing, Briefly
Assessment

Statutes of Limitation on Assessment and Collection

One of the most common questions I am asked by taxpayers is “How long can the IRS try to collect my liability?” It’s a good question, and one that would seem to have a quick, easy answer. Judging purely by the length of this article, however, the answer is never as simple as it might seem. On Statutes of Limitation on Assessment and Collection With the full understanding that “It depends” is the least satisfying

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CDP

Goldberg v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-119)

On October 19, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Goldberg v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-119). The primary issue presented in Goldberg was whether Mr. Goldberg is prohibited from now challenging his underlying tax liabilities because of his failure to challenge an earlier Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing and Your Right to a Hearing under IRC § 6320 or because of his nonparticipation in an even earlier TEFRA proceedings

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Procedural Issues
CDP

Belair v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 2)

On August 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Belair v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 2. The primary issue presented in Belair was whether in a CDP nonliability case the traditional rules of summary judgment are appropriate. Holding in Belair v. Commissioner In a CDP nonliability case such as this, the Tax Court’s decision turns on whether the administrative record shows an abuse of discretion, and the Tax Court’s traditional rules of summary judgment

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Taxing, Briefly
Abuse of Discretion

The IRS Collection Process – Taxing, Briefly

The Basic Principles of the IRS Collection Process In our previous post, we discussed how audits are performed and your available options throughout the examination process.  Once the audit is complete, and all administrative and legal remedies are exhausted, how does the IRS actually collect taxes?  The first step in the IRS collection process is assessment. The IRS cannot collect a tax until it has assessed it. There are a bevy of rules surrounding assessments. 

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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
30-Day Letter

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Liens) – Part One: Authority and Limits on Assessment Imposition of Tax Lien

The flip side to the assessment coin is the IRS’s process of collection.  Collection procedures are really where the rubber meets the road for the IRS, which is charged with collecting the taxes imposed by the Code.[1] The IRS has two basic mechanisms for collecting an unpaid tax liability.  The first, which this article goes into in some detail, is the federal tax lien.  If the tax lien does not get the taxpayer’s attention, and

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Abuse of Discretion

Smith v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-29)

On March 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Smith v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-29). The primary issues presented in Smith were whether a photocopy of an original purported return, for which the IRS has no record and on which the petitioner expects the IRS to act in making a refund, purports to be a return of income tax, and whether the petitioner was liable for the IRC §

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Statutes of Limitation on Assessment and Collection

One of the most common questions I am asked by taxpayers is “How long can the IRS try to collect my liability?” It’s a good question, and one that would seem to have a quick, easy answer. Judging purely by the length of this article, however, the answer is never

Read More »

Goldberg v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-119)

On October 19, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Goldberg v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-119). The primary issue presented in Goldberg was whether Mr. Goldberg is prohibited from now challenging his underlying tax liabilities because of his failure to challenge an earlier Notice of

Read More »

Belair v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 2)

On August 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Belair v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 2. The primary issue presented in Belair was whether in a CDP nonliability case the traditional rules of summary judgment are appropriate. Holding in Belair v. Commissioner In a CDP nonliability case such as

Read More »

The IRS Collection Process – Taxing, Briefly

The Basic Principles of the IRS Collection Process In our previous post, we discussed how audits are performed and your available options throughout the examination process.  Once the audit is complete, and all administrative and legal remedies are exhausted, how does the IRS actually collect taxes?  The first step in

Read More »

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

Read More »

Smith v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-29)

On March 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Smith v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-29). The primary issues presented in Smith were whether a photocopy of an original purported return, for which the IRS has no record and on which the petitioner expects the

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