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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 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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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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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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Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108)

On September 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pazden v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-108). The primary issues presented in Pazden were (1) whether Ms. Pazden is entitled to challenge her underlying tax liability for 2010, and (2) whether Appeals abused its discretion in sustaining the proposed levy in this case. Held: Nope and Nope. Background Ms. Pazden failed to timely file her 2010 Federal income tax return. The

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Chow v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-106)

On September 1, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chow v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-106). The primary issue presented in Chow was whether the IRS’s Whistleblower Office (WBO) abused its discretion when it denied the petitioners’ claim on the basis that the information that they provided was bullshit (rather, “not credible”). Held: No. You people are crazy. Background to Chow v. Commissioner Mr. and Mrs. Wai-Cheung Wilson Chow rented

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Webb v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-105)

On August 31, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Webb v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-105). The primary issue presented in Webb was whether Appeals abused its discretion when it declined to place the petitioner in currently not collectible (CNC) status. Background to Webb v. Commissioner On March 4, 2019, the IRS issued to the petitioner a Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing

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Kidz University Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-101)

On August 12, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Kidz University Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-101). The primary issues presented in Kidz University Inc. were whether the settlement officer: (1) properly verified that the requirements of applicable law or administrative procedure were met; (2) considered any relevant issues Kidz University raised; and (3) considered whether any proposed collection action balances the need for the efficient collection of taxes

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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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