Business Related Issues
Business Related Issues

Hacker v. Commissioner
(T.C. Memo. 2022-16)

On March 7, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Hacker v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-16). The primary issues presented in Hacker were whether the petitioners received imputed wages and constructive dividends from their day care centers and whether the petitioners were liable for the civil fraud penalty under IRC § 6663. A Note on Hacker v. Commissioner You may remember the Hackers from two Tax Court opinions from 2021,

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Penalties Under the Code
Memorandum Opinions

Kazmi v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-13

On March 1, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kazmi v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-13). The primary issues presented in Kazmi v. Commissioner were (1) whether the petitioner is entitled to challenge the underlying liabilities, and if so, whether he is a responsible person who willfully failed to pay over employment taxes under IRC § 6672, and (2) whether the Appeals abused its discretion in sustaining the collection action.

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Penalties Under the Code
Memorandum Opinions

Williams v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-7

On February 7, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Williams v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-7). The primary issues presented in Williams were (i) whether the disallowance of the petitioner’s deductions was warranted; and (ii) whether frivolous position penalty was warranted. A Brief Background of Williams v. Commissioner The IRS issued a notice of deficiency, in which it disallowed certain deductions claimed by the petitioner (Larry) in connection with his

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Penalties Under the Code
Memorandum Opinions

Long Branch Land LLC v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-2

On January 13, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Long Branch Land LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-2). The primary issues presented in Long Branch Land LLC v. Commissioner were whether the supervisory agent possessed the authority to supervise the examination of the taxpayer and to approve the penalties imposed by revenue agent, and whether the taxpayer failed to offer clear evidence to overcome presumption of regularity of actions

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Penalties Under the Code
Memorandum Opinions

Soni v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-137

On December 1, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Soni v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-137). The primary issues presented in Soni were (1) whether the petitioners filed a valid joint return; (2) whether the period of limitations for assessment of tax under IRC § 6501(a) and (c)(4) expired before the issuance of the notice of deficiency; (3) whether the petitioners are liable for an addition to tax under IRC

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Penalties Under the Code
Memorandum Opinions

Plateau Holdings LLC v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-133

On November 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Plateau Holdings LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-133). The primary issue presented in Plateau Holdings LLC was whether the 20% accuracy-related penalty applied to the portion of the underpayment not attributable to a valuation misstatement, that is, to the portion of the underpayment resulting from the Tax Court’s conclusion that the petitioner was not entitled to a charitable contribution deduction

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Penalties Under the Code
Full Tax Court Opinions

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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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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