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The Mailbox Rule Extends Time to Recoup Tax Refund

Taxpayers often miss tax filing deadlines. This is even true when the IRS owes the taxpayer money back. Taxpayers have a limited time to request a refund of overpayments. The recent Harrison v. Commissioner, No. 3:19-cv-00194 (2nd Cir. 2020) case provides an opportunity to consider these rules–particularly the mailbox rule. Facts & Procedural History This […]

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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 […]

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Is an IRS Audit Report an Informal Claim for Refund?

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 […]

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The IRS’s Math Error Powers

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 […]

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

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 […]

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When Forged Signatures Suffice: The Tacit Consent Exception

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 […]

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Shareholder Cannot Make S Corp. Separately Stated Item Election

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 […]