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Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100)

On August 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100). The primary issues presented in Wathen were whether the petitioner failed to report income, whether the petitioner is entitled to deductions on Schedule C, whether the petitioner is liable for the failure to file penalty for 2010 and 2011, and whether the petitioner is liable for the substantial understatement accuracy-related penalty. Background to Wathen

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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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Income Tax Issues
Deductions

Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80)

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80). The primary issue presented in Geiman was whether the petitioner was a tax “itinerant” or whether he had a tax home, for purposes of unreimbursed business expenses. Background The petitioner is a union electrician who spent most of 2013 on jobs in various parts of Wyoming and Colorado. He claimed on his 2013 Federal

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Taxation of Cryptocurrency, a Primer – Taxing, Briefly

In the 36 years I have been on this mortal plane, I can’t remember ever thinking I was, as the kids say (or said in the 1990s) hip.  In full candor, the only time your fearless editor uses the word is when I explain to my sprightly wife that my hip hurts because it’s going to rain, and I’ve been sitting on the lawn chair on my porch too long, yelling at the whippersnappers to

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Income Tax Issues
Books and Records

Adler v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-56)

On May 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Adler v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-56). The primary issue presented in Adler was whether the petitioner was entitled to deduct business expenses for 2016 and 2017 (the years in issue). In Short The petitioner was a consultant for an entertainment company in Los Angeles.  He incurred business-related expenses, including travel expenses, and he reported these expenses on his Schedule C

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Income Tax Issues
Accuracy Related Penalty

Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-52)

On May 5, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-52). The primary issues presented in Berry were whether certain amounts characterized as gross receipts of a company should actually be other income to the petitioners, whether the company is entitled to deduct racecar expenses, and whether or not the petitioners substantiated COGS or a depreciation deduction under IRC § 167(a). Background You may remember

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Income Tax Issues
Books and Records

Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50). The primary issue presented in Chancellor was whether the IRS erred in disallowing deductions the petitioner claimed for certain business expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local tax. Brief Background Ms. Viola Chancellor, of Nevada, is a notary and a paralegal.  In 2015, she received $400 from her duties as such.  She reported a

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Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100)

On August 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Wathen v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-100). The primary issues presented in Wathen were whether the petitioner failed to report income, whether the petitioner is entitled to deductions on Schedule C, whether the petitioner is liable

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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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Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80)

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80). The primary issue presented in Geiman was whether the petitioner was a tax “itinerant” or whether he had a tax home, for purposes of unreimbursed business expenses. Background The

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Adler v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-56)

On May 10, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Adler v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-56). The primary issue presented in Adler was whether the petitioner was entitled to deduct business expenses for 2016 and 2017 (the years in issue). In Short The petitioner was

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Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-52)

On May 5, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Berry v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-52). The primary issues presented in Berry were whether certain amounts characterized as gross receipts of a company should actually be other income to the petitioners, whether the company is

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Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50). The primary issue presented in Chancellor was whether the IRS erred in disallowing deductions the petitioner claimed for certain business expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local tax. Brief

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