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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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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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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 […]

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IRS Audits Tax Procedure

Improbable Position by IRS Sufficient to Impose Tax


The Transupport, Inc. v. Commissioner, No. 17-1265 (1st Cir. 2018) case involved evidence that was not sufficient to support imposing a penalty, but the same evidence was sufficient to hold the taxpayer liable for the tax. The case provides an opportunity to consider how courts evaluate evidence in tax cases. The Facts & Procedural History […]