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

No IRS Abuse of Discretion by Appeals Settlement Offer in Rejecting Offer in Compromise, Proceeding With Collection

The United States Tax Court sustained a proposed IRS collection action against an individual and upheld the IRS’s rejection of his offer in compromise, finding no abuse of discretion by the IRS because the individual’s offer was well below his reasonable collection potential, which included dissipated retirement account assets.

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.

ERIC EDWARD CHANDLER,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-215

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

The United States Tax Court Holds Restaurant Owner Fraudulently Underpaid Taxes

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 civil fraud penalties applied to a restaurant owner’s tax underpayments, finding that several badges of fraud were present to support a determination that his underpayments were due to fraud; however, the court allowed some additional business expense deductions for nonemployee compensation.

ALAA I. MUSA,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-58

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

The United States Tax Court Upholds Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing

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 the IRS Appeals Office didn’t abuse its discretion in determining to sustain a notice of federal tax lien filing against an individual, finding that Petitioner couldn’t challenge most of his underlying tax liabilities, he didn’t properly raise other issues during his hearing, and he didn’t show that overpayments of tax weren’t properly applied.

WALTER THORWALD SKALLERUP 3RD,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-48

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

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

IRS Settlement Officer  Did not Abuse Discretion in Properly Denying Installment Agreement Request 

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 did not abuse her discretion in denying an individual an installment agreement and in sustaining a proposed collection action against him, explaining that the individual failed to submit requested financial information.

TIMOTHY FREDERICK WITMYER,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2015-17

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

The United States Tax Court finds no IRS Abuse of Discretion by Denying “Currently not Collectible” and other Collection Alternatives and Sustains the Filing of Federal Tax Lien Against an Individual

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 the IRS Appeals Office didn’t abuse its discretion in denying an individual “currently not collectible” status and other collection alternatives presented, or in sustaining the filing of a notice of federal tax lien and proposed levy action against the individual, who failed to file delinquent income tax returns and provide requested financial documents.

BRIAN R. CUNNINGHAM,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2014-200

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

The United States Tax Court Finds No Abuse of Discretion by Appeals Settlement Officer Sustaining Federal Tax Lien

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 a settlement officer did not abuse her discretion by denying a collection alternative and sustaining a federal tax lien against an individual, finding that the individual failed to provide evidence disputing his tax liabilities and failed to provide requested financial information.

JAMES A. WALKER, P.A.,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
Respondent

T.C. Memo. 2014-187