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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 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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Procedural Considerations on Collection (Levies and Distraints) – Part Three: Enforcement of Levy

In the first article in this series of posts regarding the IRS’s enforced collection through levies, we discussed the IRS’s authority and limits thereto regarding levies and distraints. In the second article of this series on levies, we discussed the procedure requiring notice and hearing before a levy attaches.  In this third article in this series, we discuss the IRS’s enforcement of levies and distraints. Enforcement of Levy If a person (including an officer or

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Procedural Considerations on Collection (Levies and Distraints) – Part Two: Notice and Hearing Before Levy

In the first article in this series of posts regarding the IRS’s enforced collection through levies, we discussed the IRS’s authority and limits thereto regarding levies and distraints. In this second article of this series on levies, we discuss the procedure requiring notice and hearing before a levy attaches.  In the third article in this series, we will discuss the IRS’s enforcement of levies and distraints. Notice and Opportunity for Hearing Before Levy The IRS

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Procedural Considerations on Collection (Levies and Distraints) – Part One:  Introduction to Levies

To Bill’s credit, his call of the IRS’s bluff that they would actually try to collect his long delinquent tax debt has not resulted in any enforced collection action three years since he failed to report capital gains on the sale of seven of his largest ostriches.  You had no love loss when the giant birds were sold, having been chased down and assaulted by two of their number in your younger and more vulnerable

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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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