IRS Summons and the Attorney-Client Privilege

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The attorney-client privilege protects communications with a tax attorney from disclosure to third parties, such as the IRS. If the IRS discovers that a tax attorney advised a client on a transaction that wasn’t structured properly, should the IRS be able to use its power to issue an administrative summons to require the attorney produce […]

LLC Cannot Use Crewman’s Exemption for Employment Taxes

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Can a U.S. citizen who owns and operates a vessel outside of the U.S. avoid paying U.S. employment taxes for its crewmen by using a foreign legal entity? The court considered this issue in DAF Charters LLC v. Commissioner, 152 T.C. 14, for a single member LLC formed in the U.S. that was owned by […]

Tax Litigation When the Administrative Process Failed

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There are cases where the administrative process does not reach the right conclusion. There are also cases where the administrative process isn’t available or fully completed. This can happen with tax disputes handled by the IRS. When it does, does this mean that the taxpayer cannot litigate the tax dispute? The record rule comes into […]

Non-Taxable Subsidy or Taxable Benefit?

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Some payments are not subject to Federal income tax. State subsidies are an example. But what is the difference between a non-taxable subsidy and a taxable benefit? The court addresses this in Ginsberg v. United States, No. 2018-1788 (Fed. Cir. 2019), in the context of the New York state brownfield tax credit. Facts & Procedural […]

IRS Not Limited in Collecting Restitution Assessments

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The IRS is authorized to assess criminal restitution for certain tax crimes. This process allows the IRS to collect the criminal restitution as if it was a tax. The law authorizing these collections is relatively new and evolving. The recent Carpenter v. United States, 152 T.C. 12, case highlights why it is important for those […]

What if the IRS Loses Your Mail?

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The IRS manages to lose a lot of mail. To be fair, some of the mail is likely lost before it even gets to the IRS. When this happens, can the taxpayer lose out on their rights? The court revisits this issue in Baldwin v. United States, 17-55115 (9th Cir. 2019). Facts & Procedural History […]

Time Frame for IRS Whistleblower Claims

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The IRS is slow in making awards to whistle blowers. It can take years just to get the final rejection letter from the IRS. This can be very frustrating for informants. In the Whistleblower 769-16W v. Commissioner, 152 T.C. 10 (2019), case, the IRS asked the court to send the case back to the IRS […]