U.S. Tax Court Violates It’s Own Rules

Supreme Court Questions U.s. Tax Court’s Rule Violations

Do you know the feeling when you realize you are in a situation and you have no real remedy? If so, you probably also know the same feeling when you are in a situation where you are 100% right and there is a third party who is not. Most of us learn about these feelings…

Tax Consequences of Settlement Awards for Plaintiffs and Attorneys

Taxation Of Settlement Agreements For Plaintiffs Attorneys

When an individual receives a settlement award, the tax consequences of that award can vary depending on how it is structured. There are several tax planning opportunities available for individuals who receive settlement awards, but in most cases, the tax consequences are fairly standard. The case of Lindsey v. Commissioner, 422 F.3d 684 (8th Cir.…

Taxpayer Statements During Audit Admissible in Criminal Trial

When a civil tax case involves suspected criminal activity, the IRS conducts an initial investigation as part of an audit and may refer the case to the Department of Justice. Even when clear evidence of tax fraud has been obtained, the IRS revenue agent conducting the civil audit may continue to request information from the…

Better than a Soap Opera? Trust Fund Tax Disputes

Better Than A Soap Opera? Trust Fund Tax Disputes

One of the most important financial responsibilities for any business is the timely payment of taxes, including payroll taxes. Payroll taxes are the taxes that employers withhold from their employees’ paychecks and then submit to the government on their behalf. They also include the employer’s portion of the tax. While some businesses may be tempted…

Valuation Challenges and Pitfalls in Tax Cases

Taxpayer: It’s All About Valuation; Irs: We’re Damned If We Do

Valuing property for tax purposes is complex and can be a critical issue as it can result in significantly higher or lower taxes. The Garwood v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2004-195, case offers a fascinating example of the challenges and pitfalls involved in valuation, particularly in the context of tax court cases. This case involved the…

The Sentencing Guideline Point System for Tax Crimes

Evidence That Can Be Considered When Applying The Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Transactions can have a number of consequences. This includes criminal tax consequences–such as an IRS audit that goes criminal. Understanding criminal sentencing guidelines and how they apply to tax cases or could apply is part of the value the tax attorney brings to transactions. Tax-related crimes, such as tax fraud, can lead to criminal charges…

Congress Changes the IRS Offer in Compromise

Congress Proposes Changes To The Irs Offer In Compromise Program

The IRS offer in compromise (“OIC”) program is a tax resolution option offered by the IRS to help taxpayers who are unable to pay their full tax liability. It allows eligible taxpayers to settle their tax debts for less than the full amount owed, based on their financial situation and ability to pay. The OIC…

Lessons Learned from Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Taxpayers’ Bills of Rights (TABORs) prevent state governments from increasing taxes or spending revenue growth without first obtaining voter approval. Several states are poised to adopt state TABORs in the near future. The State of Colorado adopted a TABOR in 1992. There are a number of lessons that other states can learn from Colorado’s TABOR…

The Three Offer in Compromise Options

The Three Offer In Compromise Options

The IRS Offer in Compromise program presents taxpayers with a viable option to settle tax debts for an amount less than what is owed. The program has been around for quite some time and, as with everything when it comes to the IRS, there are a number of nuances. The IRS has developed numerous procedures…

Tax Liability Review by Tax Court Limited

The collection due process hearing law has provided taxpayers with another avenue for challenging their underlying tax liabilities. With this option, taxpayers can let the IRS assess the additional tax or penalties and then wait for the IRS to attempt enforced collection for the balance. They can then file a collection due process hearing request…