New Issues: The Downside to U.S. Tax Court Litigation

Justice is not a word that is often mentioned in tax cases. While justice may be handed out in the opinions, the term “justice” isn’t usually expressly stated in the opinion or in the rules that the courts go by. There are exceptions. One exception is in the rules that allow IRS attorneys to raise…

Tax Court Puffery: Exaggeration is Not Evidence

Tax Court Puffery: Exaggeration Is Not Evidence

Every communication makes statements. The statements may be truthful or false. A statement that is misleading or exaggerated is somewhere between these two. There can be significant legal consequences depending on where a statement falls on this continuum. This raises questions as to how precise do the statements have to be to be false? If…

Correcting an Erroneous Judgment for Unpaid Taxes

Correcting An Erroneous Judgment For Unpaid Taxes

If the IRS gets a court judgment for unpaid taxes, can you challenge the judgment after it is entered? What if you can show that no tax is due? Can you fix the erroneous judgment after the fact? Can you just prepare corrected returns and file them? The court addresses this in United States v.…

Raising a Tax Issue for the First Time in Court

Raising A Tax Issue For The First Time In Court

With tax litigation, it is often best to raise every argument possible. But what if the law seems clear on an issue and then, during the course of the tax dispute, another court issues an opinion making the law less clear? If this isn’t discovered or realized soon enough, should the taxpayer be precluded from…