Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

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 (ii) whether the interest on a deficiency settlement should be abated. Held: Not today, Jeremy. Porter v. Commissioner (Very) Briefly The IRS audited the petitioner’s

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

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 errors; (3) whether the omission of documents from administrative record called into question completeness of record (and, if so, whether settlement officer’s determination to sustain

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

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 tax years at issue during their collection due process (CDP) proceeding, (2) whether Appeals properly verified the requirements of applicable law and procedure were met,

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

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 whether taxpayer was entitled to innocent spouse relief when such relief is first raised as an affirmative defense in a Tax Court petition. Held: Chief

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

Lewis v. Commissioner
158 T.C. No. 3

On March 3, 2022, the Tax Court issued the full opinion in Lewis v. Commissioner (158 T.C. No. 3). The primary issues presented in Lewis v. Commissioner were (i) whether the letter that the taxpayer sent to the IRS constituted a “qualified offer” (sorry, Gina, but no) and (ii) whether the IRS’s position in the litigation was “substantially justified” (don’t quit your job at the diner, because the position was justified…substantially). Lewis v. Commissioner in

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

Cosio v. Commissioner
(T.C. Memo. 2022-18)

On March 9, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Cosio v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-18). The primary issues presented in Cosio v. Commissioner were whether the taxpayer was entitled to raise his underlying liability in a CDP hearing and whether the settlement officer abused its discretion in denying the petitioner collection alternatives and sustaining collection through levy. Background to Cosio v. Commissioner Mr. Cosio—we’ll call him Carl because, as

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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

Shaddix v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-11

On February 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Shaddix v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-11). The primary issue presented in Shaddix was whether the IRS abused its discretion in upholding the filing of a notice of federal tax lien by denying the petitioner the ability to challenge his underlying liability. Held: In a rare abuse of discretion victory for a taxpayer, the Tax Court in Shaddix v. Commissioner actually

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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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Middleton v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-28

On April 4, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Middleton v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-28). The primary issues presented in Middleton v. Commissioner were (i) whether the taxpayer could challenge the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty at his CDP hearing; and (ii) whether the taxpayer

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Villanueva v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-27

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

On March 29, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Golditch v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-26). The primary issues presented in Golditch v. Commissioner were (i) whether the taxpayer was permitted to challenge his underlying tax liability at CDP hearing; (ii) whether the taxpayer’s argument

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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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