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
CDP Hearing

Ruhaak v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 9

On November 16, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Ruhaak v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 9. The primary issue presented in Ruhaak was whether the petitioner’s request for a hearing made before the expiration of the 30-day period following the mailing date of the levy notice necessarily triggered a CDP hearing and not an equivalent hearing. Held: Timing is everything. Background to Ruhaak v. Commissioner The IRS sent the petitioner a Notice of

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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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Business Related Issues
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 v. Commissioner 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

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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
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 v. Commissioner  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

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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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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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Ruhaak v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 9

On November 16, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Ruhaak v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 9. The primary issue presented in Ruhaak was whether the petitioner’s request for a hearing made before the expiration of the 30-day period following the mailing date of the levy notice necessarily triggered

Read More »

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 v. Commissioner was whether Mr. Goldberg is prohibited from now challenging his underlying tax liabilities because of his failure to challenge an earlier

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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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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 v. Commissioner  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

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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

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