Income Tax Issues
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Coggin v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 12

On December 8, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Coggin v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 12. The primary issue presented in Coggin was whether the Tax Court lacked jurisdiction in a refund suit for years in which the District Court had previously acquired jurisdiction. Background The petitioner filed amended returns for tax years 2001 through 2009, claiming refunds for 2001 through 2007. The IRS rejected the refund requests for 2003, 2004, and 2007.

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Penalties Under the Code
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Sand Investment Co. v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 11

On November 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Sand Investment Co. v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 11. The primary issue presented in Sand Investment Co. was whether the IRS obtained prior written supervisory approval pursuant to IRC § 6751(b)(1) insofar as whether the individual who made the initial determination received approval from its immediate supervisor. Held: Yeah…no dice, petitioner. Dueling Determinations The RA’s case and issue manager, Mr. Burris, signed the form

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Procedural Issues
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Ruhaak v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 9

On November 16, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Ruhaak v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 9. The primary issue presented in Ruhaak was whether the petitioner’s request for a hearing made before the expiration of the 30-day period following the mailing date of the levy notice necessarily triggered a CDP hearing and not an equivalent hearing. Held: Timing is everything. Background to Ruhaak v. Commissioner The IRS sent the petitioner a Notice of

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Procedural Issues
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Insinga v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 8

On October 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Insinga v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 8). The primary issue presented in Insinga v. Commissioner was whether the Tax Court’s jurisdiction over a whistleblower petition filed under IRC § 7623(b)(4) was extinguished by the death of the petitioner-whistleblower. Held: Heck no; whistle on whistler. Background to Insinga v. Commissioner Pursuant to IRC § 7623(b)(4), the petitioner filed a timely petition in the Tax Court

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Income Tax Issues
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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 v. Commissioner 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,

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Procedural Issues
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Rogers v. Commissioner
157 T.C. No. 3

On August 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Rogers v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 3). The primary issue presented in Rogers v. Commissioner was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office abused its discretion when it rejected/denied the petitioner’s claim. Held: Oh yeah. Side Note One of the attorneys for the IRS is named Bartholomew Cirenza. There’s a fair to middling chance that he has been given more swirlies, wedgies, and other sundry childhood punishments

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Salter v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-29

On April 5, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Salter v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-29). The primary issues presented in Salter v. Commissioner were (i) whether the Code section providing exception from imposition of additional tax resulting from early distribution from retirement plan applied;

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T.C. Memo. 2022-28

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Villanueva v. Commissioner
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T.C. Memo. 2022-26

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Porter v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-25

On March 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Porter v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-25). The primary issues presented in Porter v. Commissioner were whether (i) delays in examination and litigation were attributable to IRS officer or could significantly be attributed to taxpayer; and

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Addis v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-24

On March 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Addis v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-24). The primary issue presented in Addis v. Commissioner was whether the frivolous taxpayer’s CDP rights had been violated. Held: Not quite, Jonah. Mr. Addis’s 2014 Tax Reporting On March

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