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

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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 […]

Perception Can Be As Important as Substance in Tax Disputes

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Taxpayers voluntarily submit information to the IRS.  The IRS not only evaluates the substance of this information, but also the taxpayer’s candor in preparing and providing the information.  The perception of candor is just as important as the substance in many cases.  The Guess v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2018-97, provides an example of how things can […]

Transferring Property to a Spouse After IRS Lien

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There are a number of difficult questions that come up when one spouse has a debt with the IRS and also owns property jointly with their spouse. The question is often whether the spouses can transfer the property to the non-liable spouse. The answer is, maybe. The court recently addressed this in U.S. v. Gerard, […]

IRS Benefits from the Texas Homestead Exemption

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In United States. v. Cobos, No. 3:13-CV-4924-L (N.D. Tex. 2017), the court addressed whether a third party who files a lien notice against a taxpayer before the IRS files its lien notice has a superior claim to the taxpayer’s home. The case highlights how the Texas homestead exemption can benefit the IRS to the detriment […]

Forgotten Offer in Compromise Extended IRS Collection Time

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Sometimes it is best to wait for the IRS’s collection statute to expire. This is a wait-and-see approach where the taxpayer waits to see if the IRS attempts to collect the tax debt. To succeed, it is important for the taxpayer to not extend the IRS’s collection statute. This issue came to a head in […]

Planning for Tax Refunds in Bankruptcy

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The In re Porter, No. 16-11831-BFK (E.D. Va. 2017) case serves as a timely reminder that taxpayers who have unpaid tax debts and who are expecting sizable tax refunds may benefit from timing the filing of their bankruptcy cases. Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer filed her 2014 tax return on April 4, 2016.  The […]