Penalties Under the Code
Accuracy Related Penalty

Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137)

On December 1, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137). The primary issues presented in Soni were (1) whether the petitioners filed a valid joint return; (2) whether the period of limitations for assessment of tax under IRC § 6501(a) and (c)(4) expired before the issuance of the notice of deficiency; (3) whether the petitioners are liable for an addition to tax under IRC

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Penalties Under the Code
Accuracy Related Penalty

Plateau Holdings LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-133)

On November 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Plateau Holdings LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-133). The primary issue presented in Plateau Holdings LLC was whether the 20% accuracy-related penalty applied to the portion of the underpayment not attributable to a valuation misstatement, that is, to the portion of the underpayment resulting from the Tax Court’s conclusion that the petitioner was not entitled to a charitable contribution deduction

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Penalties Under the Code
Challenging Underlying Liability

Cashaw v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-123)

On October 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Cashaw v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-123). The primary issue presented in Cashaw was whether the petitioner is liable for trust fund recovery penalties. Held: Yup. Background to Cashaw v. Commissioner The petitioner was presented with difficult choices during her tenure as temporary chief administrator of a hospital. The hospital was under a state order freezing its bank accounts except for

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Income Tax Issues
Deductions

Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104)

On August 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104). The primary issues presented in Estate of Morgan were whether the petitioners (1) are entitled to deductions claimed on Schedule C for expenses incurred by Falcon, LLC (Falcon), and Falcon Legacy, LLC (Legacy); (2) are entitled to a net operating loss deduction attributable to an alleged NOL carryover from tax years 2010

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Income Tax Issues
Accuracy Related Penalty

Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93)

On July 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93). The primary issues presented in Vennes were whether the petitioner was entitled to passthrough theft loss deductions for 2008, and whether the petitioner was liable for the accuracy‑related penalty pursuant to IRC § 6662(a). A Checkered Past In 1990, the petitioner completed a prison sentence for money laundering, narcotics, and firearms offenses. After his

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Procedural Issues
Bad Debt Deductions

Kelly v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-76)

On June 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kelly v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-76). The primary issues presented in Kelly were whether transfers from a company to the petitioner were loans, and if so, whether the petitioner received taxable distributions or cancellation of indebtedness (COD) income when the loans were cancelled. Background The petitioner was a 50% owner of Lucky Bastard Records. As of December 2007, Lucky Bastard

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Income Tax Issues
Estate Tax

Estate of Morrissette v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-60)

On May 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Morrissette v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-60). The primary issue presented in Estate of Morrissette was whether IRC § 2036 or IRC § 2038 applies to recapture significant inter vivos transfers made as part of the split-dollar agreements, and, if not, whether the special valuation rule of IRC § 2703 applies to require that the valuation disregard a provision

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Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137)

On December 1, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137). The primary issues presented in Soni were (1) whether the petitioners filed a valid joint return; (2) whether the period of limitations for assessment of tax under IRC §

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Plateau Holdings LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-133)

On November 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Plateau Holdings LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-133). The primary issue presented in Plateau Holdings LLC was whether the 20% accuracy-related penalty applied to the portion of the underpayment not attributable to a valuation misstatement,

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Cashaw v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-123)

On October 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Cashaw v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-123). The primary issue presented in Cashaw was whether the petitioner is liable for trust fund recovery penalties. Held: Yup. Background to Cashaw v. Commissioner The petitioner was presented with

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Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104)

On August 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104). The primary issues presented in Estate of Morgan were whether the petitioners (1) are entitled to deductions claimed on Schedule C for expenses incurred by Falcon, LLC

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Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93)

On July 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93). The primary issues presented in Vennes were whether the petitioner was entitled to passthrough theft loss deductions for 2008, and whether the petitioner was liable for the accuracy‑related penalty

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Kelly v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-76)

On June 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kelly v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-76). The primary issues presented in Kelly were whether transfers from a company to the petitioner were loans, and if so, whether the petitioner received taxable distributions or cancellation of

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Estate of Morrissette v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-60)

On May 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Morrissette v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-60). The primary issue presented in Estate of Morrissette was whether IRC § 2036 or IRC § 2038 applies to recapture significant inter vivos transfers made as part

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