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IRS Audits Partnership Tax Tax Tax Procedure

Electing Out of the Partnership Audit Regime

When it comes to income taxes and IRS audits, there are a lot of procedural rules that are counter-intuitive. Even if one thinks they are half-baked, the rules are the rules. They can have serious consequences. The centralized partnership audit regime is an example. Tax advisors often instruct their clients to elect out of the […]

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IRS Audits Tax Procedure

IRS Contacts With Government Agencies

The IRS considers information from third parties during audits and in collecting unpaid taxes. The IRS’s efforts to gather this information can significantly harm the taxpayer, as third parties may not want to do business with the taxpayer given the IRS inquiry. Recognizing this, Congress has imposed rules that limit the IRS’s ability to make […]

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IRS Audits IRS Debts Tax Procedure

Can You Rely on IRS Statements?

If you ask someone a direct question and the person responds with incorrect information, is the person bound by their misrepresentation? This raises questions of “estoppel,” which apply to most litigants. But does it apply to IRS employees who make a misrepresentation? Put another way, can you rely on statements by IRS representatives? The court […]

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IRS Audits Tax Procedure

When an IRS Agent Makes a Misrepresentation

IRS agents interact with taxpayers. In doing so, they make misrepresentations as any other human does. Some are unintentional and some are intentional. But what is a taxpayer to do if the IRS agent makes a misstatement and it negatively impacts the taxpayer? The McRae v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-163, case touches on this issue. […]

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IRS Audits Tax Procedure

Voluntary Disclosure to IRS of Privileged Communication

The attorney-client privilege projects confidential communications with attorneys. It allows the attorney to avoid disclosing protected communications. But what if the attorney voluntarily discloses information and the disclosure is to the IRS about a tax matter? The court addresses this in Gaetano v. United States, No. 19-1122 (6th Cir. 2019). Facts & Procedural History This […]

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IRS Audits Recordkeeping Tax Procedure

Can IRS Rely on Third Party Reports to Identify Taxable Income?

If a third party collects monies for you and send you a report reflecting the monies but the reports show too much income, should you be taxed on the higher income or what you actually received? The Ghadiri-Asli v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-142, case addresses this. Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer is a physician. […]

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Bankruptcy Tax IRS Audits Tax Procedure

The IRS Isn’t Charged With Knowledge of Other Federal Agencies

The IRS only has to mail a notice of deficiency to a taxpayer’s last known address in order to assess or record a tax liability for the taxpayer.  This “last known address” rule is often the subject of disputes.  The Sadek v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2018-174, case provides an example where information available to the […]