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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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
Abuse of Discretion

Abraham v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-97)

On August 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Abraham v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-97). The primary issue presented in Abraham was whether the settlement officer abused its discretion in rejecting the petitioners’ offer in compromise and by not performing a bankruptcy analysis. Initial Observations about Abraham v. Commissioner Father Abraham three wives—Hagar, Sarah, and Keteurah. Jerry Abraham had one wife. Her name was Debra. The Returns and Failure

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Procedural Issues
Appeals

Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64)

On May 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64). The primary issue presented in Mason was whether Appeals abused its discretion by reviewing the Centralized Unit’s decision for abuse of discretion instead of reviewing the Masons’ offer on its merits. Background: A Lesson in Bureaucracy Victor and Katherine Mason owed back taxes. They didn’t deny it, but they said they didn’t have the

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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
CDP

Galloway v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-24)

On February 24, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Galloway v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-24). The primary issue presented in Galloway was whether, during his CDP hearing, the petitioner was “improperly barred from resuscitating an offer-in-compromise” that had been rejected prior to the NFTL filing. Background By the time his second offer was rejected, the petitioner owed $81,500 in tax for 2014.  In 2016, he submitted an OIC for

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Abuse of Discretion

Elkins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-110)

On July 16, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Elkins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-110). The primary issue before the court in Elkins was whether Appeals abused its discretion when it sustained the rejection of the petitioner’s offer-in-compromise (OIC) on the ground that it was not in the best interest of the Government.

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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 »

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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Abraham v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-97)

On August 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Abraham v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-97). The primary issue presented in Abraham was whether the settlement officer abused its discretion in rejecting the petitioners’ offer in compromise and by not performing a bankruptcy analysis. Initial

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Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64)

On May 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mason v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-64). The primary issue presented in Mason was whether Appeals abused its discretion by reviewing the Centralized Unit’s decision for abuse of discretion instead of reviewing the Masons’ offer on

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 »

Galloway v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-24)

On February 24, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Galloway v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-24). The primary issue presented in Galloway was whether, during his CDP hearing, the petitioner was “improperly barred from resuscitating an offer-in-compromise” that had been rejected prior to the NFTL

Read More »

Elkins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-110)

On July 16, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Elkins v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-110). The primary issue before the court in Elkins was whether Appeals abused its discretion when it sustained the rejection of the petitioner’s offer-in-compromise (OIC) on the ground that it

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