Substantial Authority, When the Authority is Not Clear

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…

Written Manager Approval for Penalties

Tax Court Expands Innocent Spouse Relief For Divorced Taxpayers

An IRS agent is generally required to get written approval from their manager for a tax penalty can be assessed. This is requirement is set out in the Code. This begs the question as to what happens if the agent does not get written approval before he closes the audit? The court addressed this in…

No Tax Penalties for Obscure Tax Forms

No Tax Penalties For Obscure Tax Forms

Bad facts can create bad law. This describes the law for IRS penalties. The IRS abates or removes penalties at the administrative level for most taxpayers who have good facts. The rest of the cases are litigated–resulting in a lot of court cases where the government wins. It is somewhat rare for taxpayers to prevail…