United States Tax Court Decision for the Week – You be the Judge

A Prior Bankruptcy Decision Bars Challenge to Tax Deficiency and Innocent Spouse Relief

A recent Tax Court decision was reported that may be of interest to individuals potentially dealing with tax litigation. J. Frank Best, Certified Public Accountant and United States Tax Court Practitioner, works to stay current on all IRS decisions concerning tax litigation to ensure we are fully informed and prepared for our clients.

The United States Tax Court, sustaining a collection action, held that the doctrine of res judicata bars a married couple from challenging the timeliness and validity of notices of deficiency, finding that those issues were previously resolved during bankruptcy proceedings, and that res judicata also bars the wife from seeking innocent spouse relief.

RICHARD E. SNYDER AND MARION B. SNYDER,
Petitioners
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

RICHARD E. SNYDER AND MARION SNYDER,
Petitioners
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-26

 

United States Tax Court Decision for the Week – You be the Judge

Income Tax Return Preparer Liable for Deficiencies, Fraud Penalties

A recent Tax Court decision was reported that may be of interest to individuals potentially dealing with tax litigation. J. Frank Best, Certified Public Accountant and United States Tax Court Practitioner, works to stay current on all IRS decisions concerning tax litigation to ensure we are fully informed and prepared for our clients.

The United States Tax Court held that an income tax return preparer underreported her income, overstated her tax withholdings, and is liable for the 75% civil fraud penalties, finding that her failure to respond to the affirmative allegations in the IRS’s answer to her petition resulted in deemed admissions that supported her liability for the deficiencies and fraud penalties.

YVONNE K. YOUNG,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-18

United States Tax Court Decision for the Week – You be the Judge

The United States Tax Court Overturns Levy and finds Abuse of Discretion Due to Appeals Settlement Officer’s Errors

A recent Tax Court decision was reported that may be of interest to individuals potentially dealing with tax litigation. J. Frank Best, Certified Public Accountant and United States Tax Court Practitioner, works to stay current on all IRS decisions concerning tax litigation to ensure we are fully informed and prepared for our clients.

The United States Tax Court held that an IRS settlement officer abused his discretion by sustaining a proposed levy against an estate, finding that the settlement officer’s “clearly erroneous view of law and assessment of the facts” was not a harmless error, and that his refusal to meaningfully consider collection alternatives denied the estate a fair hearing.

ESTATE OF MARTHA E. SANFILIPPO, DECEASED,
WILLIAM J. SNYDER, EXECUTOR,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-15