A New Beginning for Innocent Spouse Relief

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 made several changes that impact how tax cases are handled. We are just now seeing some of these changes play out administratively and in court. The recent Bacigalupi v. Commissioner, Docket No. 20480-21 (U.S. Tax Court 2022) is an example of this. It is an innocent spouse case that…

Adjustments Stemming from IRS Settlements

Generally, when it comes to civil matters, state and Federal law includes various “statutes of limitations” and “discovery rules.” The statute of limitations rules say that a claim has to be filed within a certain time period. The discovery rules say that the time period for the statute starts to run when the claim is…

Court: Complex Tax + Professional Advice = No Tax Penalty

We know that we can take steps to minimize our taxes. Our tax laws allow for this and, on review, the courts have made this clear. Tax penalties are usually the problem with taking tax positions in situations that are not entirely clear. Taxpayers who find themselves having to make decisions in these gray areas…

New Issues: The Downside to U.S. Tax Court Litigation

Justice is not a word that is often mentioned in tax cases. While justice may be handed out in the opinions, the term “justice” isn’t usually expressly stated in the opinion or in the rules that the courts go by. There are exceptions. One exception is in the rules that allow IRS attorneys to raise…

New IRS Appeals Procedures for Tax Controversies

The IRS administrative function plays a critical role in our tax administration system. The appeals process settles a majority of all tax disputes. It does so using processes and procedures that have developed over many years. To the uninitiated who have not experienced the IRS appeals process, the process can be confusing and, unfortunately, the…