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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 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
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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 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
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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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Procedural Issues
Memorandum Opinions

Flynn v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-5

On February 3, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Flynn v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-5). The primary issue presented in Flynn was whether the settlement officer abused her discretion in rejecting an offer-in-compromise based on reporting housing expenses which deviated from the IRS’s standard housing amount allowance. Background to Flynn v. Commissioner As of February 2018, Mr. Flynn’s outstanding 2012–14 tax liabilities totaled $15,557. To collect this amount, the

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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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