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Worker Classification: The Thin Line between Employees and Independent Contractors

Uncle Bill, Emu Farmer Imagine the following scenario—if you will. Your Uncle Bill operates a successful emu farm in southeastern Maine, so successful in fact that he finds himself unable to do the work on his own. (Uncle Bill no longer has your cousin Leroy to lean on, due to his most recent “run in” with the law involving a charge of driving a riding lawnmower while intoxicated, a frolic and detour which left the

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Personal Liability under the “At Risk” Rules under IRC § 465

For certain taxpayers (including individuals and certain closely held corporations), who are engaged in certain activities (including each activity engaged in by the taxpayer in carrying on a trade or business or for the production of income), IRC § 465 generally limits loss deductions to the amount for which the taxpayer is considered “at risk.”[1] For purposes of the at risk rules, a loss is defined as the excess of allowable deductions (before application of

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The Centralized Partnership Audit Regime – Part Three – Implementing the BBA

This is the third of a series of three posts on the new centralized audit regime that came into effect in 2018 under the Bipartisan Budget Act, replacing the old TEFRA procedures with new partnership-level adjustments.  The first article provided an overview of the primary differences between the BBA regime and that of the old TEFRA procedures.  The second article takes a deep dive into the Code and Treasury Regulations, explaining each new provision under

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The Centralized Partnership Audit Regime – Part One – Out with TEFRA, In with the BBA

This is the first of a series of three posts on the new centralized audit regime that came into effect in 2018 under the Bipartisan Budget Act, replacing the old TEFRA procedures with new partnership-level adjustments.  This first article provides an overview of the primary differences between the BBA regime and that of the old TEFRA procedures.  The second article takes a deep dive into the Code and Treasury Regulations, explaining each new provision under

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The Centralized Partnership Audit Regime – Part Two: Diving into the Code and Regulations

This is the second of a series of three posts on the new centralized audit regime that came into effect in 2018 under the Bipartisan Budget Act, replacing the old TEFRA procedures with new partnership-level adjustments.  The first article provided an overview of the primary differences between the BBA regime and that of the old TEFRA procedures.  This second article takes a deep dive into the Code and Treasury Regulations, explaining each new provision under

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The Truth about Amending Tax Returns

Clients are untrustworthy.  As a tax controversy attorney, this is my experience. I have heard that other types of law deals with more honorable sorts, but I’ll believe it when I see it.  When a client comes to you and says “whoopsie, I forgot to report [insert absurdly large number

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Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-85)

On July 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Mathews v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-85). The primary issue presented in Mathews was whether the Tax Court had jurisdiction to hear a petitioner when the pro se petitioner filed his petition (sent a letter to

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Delgado v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-84)

On July 7, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Delgado v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-84). The primary issue presented in Delgado was whether the petitioner’s frivolous argument that he did not receive taxable income in 2017 because he was not engaged in a “trade

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Peterfreund v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-83)

On July 7, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Peterfreund v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-83). The primary issue presented in Peterfreund was whether the IRS’s Whistleblower Office (WBO) abused its discretion because it did not initiate an administrative or judicial action and it did

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Pragias v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-82)

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pragias v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-82). The primary issue presented in Pragias was whether the six-year statute of limitations under IRC § 6501(e) (substantial omission of items) applied. The Substantial Omission Extension under IRC §

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