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Disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for Prior Involvement

Background to a Fair Collection Due Process Hearing In a previous Taxing, Briefly article, we discussed the IRS collection process including Collection Due Process (CDP) appeal procedures.  As we noted in that article, a CDP appeal is a taxpayer’s opportunity to dispute the appropriateness of a lien or levy.[1] In this post, we’ll discuss the disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for prior involvement in a collection due process hearing and the IRS’s vehement arguments

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On Penalties and Burdens

A burden is a burden, right?  A thirty-three-year-old man-child, living in his mother’s basement, with a Cheeto-stained, self-described “ironical” mustache, then yes.  That’s a burden, no matter how you slice it.  No need to prove it or to produce evidence to support it.  He’s a bum and a burden.  Shave the flavor saver, and get a damn job, hippie. Proof and production, though.  Six of one, half a dozen of another?  Not when it comes

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Perfection of Imperfect CDP Appeals

On Latin Nerdery and Perfection of Imperfect CDP Appeals If you have read many of the posts on Briefly Taxing, it should come as no surprise to you that I was a Latin nerd in high school…and college…and at present. The truth of the matter is that I competed nationally, my specialty being Greek mythology. My sophomore year of high school I missed a single question on the national exam. One question. My Latin teacher,

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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 here] on my return, what should I do?” what should you tell him?  What if the IRS has already discovered the understatement?  Is he under

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Current Developments on Prior Written Supervisory Approval under IRC § 6751(b)(1)

The Statute No penalty under the Code[1] may be assessed unless the initial determination of such assessment is personally approved in writing by the immediate supervisor of the individual/agent making such determination (or another appropriate higher-level official).[2] This approval requirement, introduced in 1998, was the subject of only three substantial decisions prior to 2020. This year, however, was a boon for taxpayers, and the full opinions of the Tax Court defined the metes and bounds

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A Deep Dive into Innocent Spouse Relief

Uncle Bill has four children…that he knows of. We met Jedediah in a previous post. Jethro is on year four of his five-year stint at Raiford for possession of amphetamines with intent to distribute. In his defense, Jethro agreed with the officer that the crank was his.  However, he vehemently denied that he had any intent whatsoever to share it with anyone else. (Candidly, you absolutely believe him.)  Bill and Ethel’s daughters Jennie and Jaime

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What is a Tax Return and When is it Good Enough?

As Supreme Court Justice William Brandies noted so eloquently in a 1930 opinion, “[t]he word ‘return’ is not a technical word of art.”[1] Translated from circumlocution and niceties to frank and righteous indignation, this means that Congress (via the IRS), which exerts so much time, energy, resources, and three to four shared administrative brain cells to the task of assigning and perfecting the definitions of definitions, beating a dead horse until even the glue factory

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Hamilton v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-21

On March 15, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Hamilton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-21). The primary issues presented in Hamilton v. Commissioner were (1) whether the Tax Court would consider taxpayers’ testimony and documentary evidence; (2) whether the notices of determination contained plain

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Bunton v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-20

On March 10, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Bunton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-20). The primary issues presented in Bunton v. Commissioner were (1) whether Brian and Karen were entitled to challenge the existence and amounts of their underlying tax liabilities for the

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DelPonte v. Commissioner
158 T.C. No. 7

On May 5, 2022, the Tax Court issued the full opinion in DelPonte v. Commissioner (158 T.C. No. 7). The primary issue presented in DelPonte v. Commissioner was whether the IRS’s Cincinnati Centralized Innocent Spouse Operation (CCISO) or the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel has the final authority to determine

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Treece Financial Services Group v. Commissioner
158 T.C. No. 6

On April 19, 2022, the Tax Court issued the full opinion in Treece Financial Services Group v. Commissioner (158 T.C. No. 6). The primary issue presented in Treece Financial Services Group v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court had jurisdiction to determine whether Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) entered into

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BATS Global Markets Holdings Inc. v. Commissioner
158 T.C. No. 5

On March 31, 2022, the Tax Court issued the full opinion in BATS Global Markets Holdings Inc. v. Commissioner (158 T.C. No. 5). The primary issue presented in BATS Global Markets Holdings Inc. v. Commissioner was whether the petitioner’s transaction fees, routing fees, and logical port fees qualify as domestic

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Aptargroup Inc. v. Commissioner
158 T.C. No. 4

On March 16, 2022, the Tax Court issued the full opinion in Aptargroup Inc. v. Commissioner (158 T.C. No. 4). The primary issue presented in Aptargroup Inc. v. Commissioner was whether the taxpayer was required to characterize stock in controlled foreign corporation using gross income method. Held: Yes, indeed it

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