Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116). The primary issue presented in McCrory was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office’s rejections of the petitioner’s claims were unsupported by the administrative record and were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law. Background to Whistleblower Claims in McCrory v. Commissioner The petitioner submitted six Forms 211 (Application for

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Income Tax Issues
Income Tax Issues

Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115)

On September 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115). The primary issue presented in Gregory was whether the claimed deductions permitted under IRC § 183(b) for activities not engaged in for profit are not subject to the 2% floor on miscellaneous itemized deductions set forth in IRC § 67(a). Background to Gregory v. Comissioner During the years at issue, 2014 and 2015, the petitioners

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Memorandum Opinions

Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114)

On September 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114). The primary issue presented in Clark was whether the petitioner fraudulently underreported his income. Held:  Oh, dear God.  The fraud! The Tax Court’s Summary of the Issue in Clark v. Commissioner And I quote: In 2011 through 2014, the years at issue, Robert S. Clark owned an auto body shop, rental properties, a large

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113)

On September 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113). The primary issues presented in Whistleblower 14377-16W were whether the whistleblower could proceed anonymously, and whether the WBO abused its discretion in denying the whistleblower-petitioner an award. Held: Nope on both counts. Background to “Old 77” Whistleblower and Whistleblower 14377-16W Peter J. Reilly, a Forbes tax contributor, nicknamed the whistleblower in the present

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112)

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112). The sole issue presented in Brown was whether the Tax Court has jurisdiction to order the refund of a TIPRA payment. What is a TIPRA Payment? The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA), Pub. L. No. 109-222, § 509(a), enacted new IRC § 7122(c), effective for offers-in-compromise (OICs) submitted on or

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Income Tax Issues
Full Tax Court Opinions

Leyh v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 7)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Leyh v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 7. The primary issue presented in Leyh was whether the petitioner was entitled to deduct, as alimony, an amount equal to the premiums paid to provide health insurance coverage for his then spouse Held:  Yes, sir. Background to Leyh v. Commissioner In 2012, the petitioner in Leyh v. Commissioner, Mr. Leyh, filed for divorce from his then wife, Ms.

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Income Tax Issues
Income Tax Issues

Parker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-111)

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Parker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-111). The primary issues presented in Parker were (1) whether petitioners can deduct, on Schedule C (Profit or Loss From Business), car and truck expenses in excess of the amount the IRS allowed; (2) whether petitioners can deduct retirement contributions in excess of the amount the IRS allowed; (3) whether petitioners can deduct expenses on

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McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116). The primary issue presented in McCrory was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office’s rejections of the petitioner’s claims were unsupported by the administrative record and were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse

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Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115)

On September 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115). The primary issue presented in Gregory was whether the claimed deductions permitted under IRC § 183(b) for activities not engaged in for profit are not subject to the 2%

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A Primer on Employment Tax Withholding

When the IRS is involved, monetary transactions are never as simple as they appear on the surface. The late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg once told a story about being given a receipt after buying a doughnut. I bought a doughnut, and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I

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Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114)

On September 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114). The primary issue presented in Clark was whether the petitioner fraudulently underreported his income. Held:  Oh, dear God.  The fraud! The Tax Court’s Summary of the Issue in Clark

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Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113)

On September 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113). The primary issues presented in Whistleblower 14377-16W were whether the whistleblower could proceed anonymously, and whether the WBO abused its discretion in denying the whistleblower-petitioner an award. Held:

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Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112)

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112). The sole issue presented in Brown was whether the Tax Court has jurisdiction to order the refund of a TIPRA payment. What is a TIPRA Payment? The Tax Increase

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