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
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 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
Appeals

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Levies and Distraints) – Part Two: Notice and Hearing Before Levy

In the first article in this series of posts regarding the IRS’s enforced collection through levies, we discussed the IRS’s authority and limits thereto regarding levies and distraints. In this second article of this series on levies, we discuss the procedure requiring notice and hearing before a levy attaches.  In the third article in this series, we will discuss the IRS’s enforcement of levies and distraints. Notice and Opportunity for Hearing Before Levy The IRS

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Procedural Issues
Calling Bullshit on the Government

Procedural Considerations on Collection (Levies and Distraints) – Part One:  Introduction to Levies

To Bill’s credit, his call of the IRS’s bluff that they would actually try to collect his long delinquent tax debt has not resulted in any enforced collection action three years since he failed to report capital gains on the sale of seven of his largest ostriches.  You had no love loss when the giant birds were sold, having been chased down and assaulted by two of their number in your younger and more vulnerable

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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

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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

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

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