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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Harrington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-95)

Harrington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-95) On July 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Harrington v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-95). The primary issue presented in Harrington was whether the IRS’s assessment was assessment is barred by the three-year period of limitations in IRC § 6501(a), or whether the statute of limitations remained open due to fraud under IRC § 6501(c)(1). Summary[1] “Sarah, I feel like I don’t even

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Catlett v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-102)

On August 16, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Catlett v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-102). The primary issue presented in Catlett was whether the IRS satisfied its burdens of production and proof to dismiss the petition for lack of prosecution…because the petitioner died…in prison…on a 17 ½ year stint in the hoosegow for tax crimes and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Background Irvin Hannis Catlett, Jr. was not

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Muhammad v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-77)

On June 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Muhammad v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-77). The primary issue presented in Muhammad was whether the petitioner’s arguments were completely frivolous, or just a little frivolous, so as to support the frivolous argument penalty under IRC § 6673(a)(1)(B). Held: Petitioner was completely full of shit; penalties ensued. Overview The question presented in this case is whether the petitioner is taxable on

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Ervin v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-75)

On June 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Ervin v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-75). The primary issue presented in Ervin was whether the petitioner’s criminal restitution payments satisfied his income tax liability. Background This may be a rather vast generalization, but most folks named Monty are not the most trustworthy.  Monty Ervin is one such Monty.  Monty failed to file Federal income tax returns for 2000-2009 and was

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Bell Capital Management Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74)

Bell Capital Management, Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74) On June 14, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Bell Capital Management, Inc.v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-74). The primary issues presented in Bell Capital Management, Inc. were whether (1) petitioner is collaterally estopped from denying that it was responsible for paying the employment taxes; (2) whether the IRS properly determined that Ron H. Bell should be legally classified as petitioner’s

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Battat v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-57)

On May 11, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Battat v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-57). The primary issue presented in Battat was whether the IRS received prior supervisory approval of an initial determination of a penalty under IRC § 6751(b)(1). Same Issue, New Wrinkle The IRC § 6751(b)(1) prior supervisory approval rule has been litigated with substantial regularity over the last year and a half.  Some smart guy (your

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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

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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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