Is an IRS Audit Report an Informal Claim for Refund?

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Amended returns generally have to be filed to recoup overpayments of tax. What counts as a refund claim is open to interpretation, as the courts have allowed a myriad of written documents to qualify. But what about the IRS report itself? If it includes a taxpayer favorable adjustment, is the report itself an informal refund […]

The IRS’s Math Error Powers

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With our tax system, taxpayers are generally required to file returns to tell the IRS how much tax is due. This is no easy task as the tax reporting process can be confusing. Errors happen. Congress has authorized the IRS to correct mathematical and clerical errors made on tax returns. The IRS’s CCA 129453-17 memorandum […]

The Dilemma: File A Timely or An Accurate Tax Return?

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If you have an ongoing dispute with the IRS for one or more years and the outcome of that dispute will impact the current year, can you take a wait and see approach to filing the current year tax return?   The Namakain v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2018-200, case provides an opportunity to consider this question. Facts […]

When Forged Signatures Suffice: The Tacit Consent Exception

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A tax return has to be signed to be valid.  But what if the return is signed by someone else?  Is a tax return with a forged signature a valid tax return?  The court addressed this in Coggin v. United States, No. 1:16-CV-106 (M.D.N.C. 2018). Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer relied on her attorney to […]

Shareholder Cannot Make S Corp. Separately Stated Item Election

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S corporation’s account for separately stated items that flow through to the shareholder’s tax returns. They are computed on page 3 of the Form 1120S and then listed separately on the Schedule K-1. The idea for breaking these items out separately is that they can impact the shareholder’s individual returns differently. That makes sense, but […]

Applying Tax Overpayments to Later Years is Usually a Bad Idea

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Instead of requesting a refund, taxpayers can ask the IRS to hold the overpayment and apply it to the taxpayer’s tax liability for the following year. These tax payment credits can result in significant headaches. The recent Schuster v. Commissioner, No. 17-11647 (11th Cir. 2018) case provides an example of why taxpayers should request refunds […]

Some Filing Deadlines are Strict, Others are Not

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When it comes to fixing tax problems, procedural footfaults can make solving the problem even more difficult. Filing deadlines are an example. The Duggan v. Commissioner, No. 15-73819 (9th Cir. 2018), case provides an example. Facts & Procedural History In Duggan, the taxpayer was contesting the IRS’s decision to proceed with collections. He requested a […]