IRS Notice of Intent to Levy Sustained Despite IRS Not Following Its Procedures

In Eichler v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. 2, the U.S. Tax Court said that the IRS Notice of Intent to Levy was proper even though the IRS failed to follow its policy to check an installment request into its system which would have stopped IRS collection actions. Facts & Procedural History  The IRS assessed Section 6672…

IRS Liable for Stock Loss After Levy

When the IRS levies or takes property from the taxpayer, the taxpayer has the right to request that the property be sold within 60 days. This rule applies to more than just stocks. It also applies to cryptocurrency, for example. In Zapara v. Commissioner, 126 T.C. 215 (2005), aff’d, 652 F.3d 1042 (9th Cir. 2011),…

IRS Appeals Does Not Have to Hold Open CDP Hearing

Our system of income taxes is based on arbitrary deadlines. Income and expense are counted and tax computed on a set interval, whether calendar year, fiscal year, or a 52-53 week tax year. Tax returns are filed three, four, nine or ten months later. Audits have to be done within three years usually unless extended…

Offer in Compromise: Documenting the Value of Assets

The IRS has a structured process for settling tax debts. This is handled through the IRS’s ‘offer in compromise’ program. The program itself has several different sections or workstreams. The primary workstream is the ‘doubt as to collectiblty’ workstream. This refers to offers that are submitted by taxpayers based on their inability to pay. Assuming…

The Disqualified Employment Tax Levy

Taxpayers generally know that an IRS levy is not a good thing. Most have some sense that it can affect their financial well-being. If they have not been subject to an IRS levy, this may be all they really know about it. The term “levy” is a verb that, in the context of the IRS,…

If a Trustee Owes Taxes, Can the IRS Seize Trust Assets to Satisfy the Tax?

The IRS has broad powers when it comes to collecting unpaid tax debts, but its authority is not without limits. For example, there are limits on what property the IRS can seize if the property is held by a third party. This can include property held in trust. Consider the situation where a father creates…

New IRS Tax Lien Regulations Issued

When the IRS places a lien on someone’s property, it means that the taxpayer owes the IRS back taxes. The lien serves as a legal claim against the taxpayer’s property, and it can negatively impact their financial and professional life. One of the most significant consequences of an IRS tax lien is the damage it…

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…