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IRS Penalties Tax Procedure Tax Return Preparer Penalty

The Tax Preparer’s Right to Appeal Return Penalties


The IRS has been focusing on tax return preparer audits. The aim of these audits is to impose penalties on tax return preparers. The IRS typically provides a means for tax preparers to appeal these penalties administratively, but there are cases where it doesn’t provide this opportunity. In those cases the IRS will assess the […]

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Accuracy Penalties IRS Penalties Tax Procedure

Substantial Authority, When the Authority is Not Clear


What if you have a tax question and find a court case that: (1) has the same facts as your case, (2) addresses the same tax item as in your case (such as a tax deduction, credit, etc.), and (3) the court case is decided in the taxpayer’s favor, but the court case does not […]

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IRS Penalties Tax Procedure Tax Return Preparer Penalty

About Tax Preparer Penalty Audits


The IRS’s power to regulate tax return preparers was limited by the Loving v. Internal Revenue Service, 742 F.3d 1013 (D.C. Cir. 2014) line of cases. These cases generally limit the IRS’s ability to regulate tax preparer conduct at an administrative level. But the IRS still has a number of tools at its disposal to […]

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IRS Penalties Reportable Transactions Tax Procedure

Timing for Written IRS Manager Approval for Penalties


The courts recently held that penalties have to be abated if the IRS does not obtain written manager approval for the penalties. The IRS has been abating penalties for this since the ruling. But there is a question as to when does the IRS have to obtain manager approval? Is it sufficient that the IRS […]

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Foreign Penalties IRS Penalties Tax Procedure

Foreign Trust Beneficiary Liable for a Double Tax Penalty?


Can the sole owner of a foreign trust who is also its sole beneficiary be penalized twice for not filing a single Form 3520? Can the IRS choose the higher penalty for the beneficiary in this situation? In Wilson v. United States, No. 19-cv-5037 (BMC) (E.D.N.Y. 2019), the IRS argued that it could impose pick […]

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IRS Penalties Reasonable Cause Tax Litigation Tax Procedure

Reasonable Cause: Proving Reliance on a Tax Advisor


If you hire a competent tax advisor and end up having a late filed return, you may be able to avoid penalties for the late filing. But this is a defense. It is something that you, the taxpayer, have to prove. So how does a taxpayer prove that they relied on a tax advsior? The […]

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IRS Penalties Reasonable Cause Tax Procedure Tax Returns

Is Reliance on a CPA Sufficient for a Late Filed Tax Form?


The IRS often turns a deaf ear to taxpayers who miss a filing deadline due to some action or inaction by their CPA or tax preparer. This is the case for late filing tax penalties. But what about a late filed accounting method change? Is reliance on a CPA or tax preparer sufficient for a […]