IRS Collects Taxes Discharged in Bankruptcy

When the governmet confers a benefit, it invariably puts conditions on the benefit. Congress will often modify the conditions over time. The result can be a very nuanced set of rules that, to the uninitiated, can seem nonsensical and impossible to descipher. The rules that allow taxes to be discharged in bankruptcy fall into this… …

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Is Homeless a Requirement for an IRS Payment Agreement?

Indifference. It is generally defined as “lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.” Those who are unfortunate enough to work with the government employees to resolve a case or matter often have a profound understanding of this term. This is true of just about every government function–be it local, state, or federal. When it comes to… …

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Sentence Enhancements in Criminal Tax Cases

The federal sentencing guidelines help the courts set criminal sentences. These guidelines have to be considered when deciding whether to accept a plea agreement and how to handle the trial. The recent United States v. Kushimo, No. 18-3222 (3d. Cir. 2019), case provides an opportunity to consider two of the sentencing enhancements that often apply… …

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Is IRS Bound by Social Security Disability Determination?

If the Social Security Administration determines that you are disabled, does the IRS have to accept that determination for tax purposes? It is one government is it not? The court considered this in Gentry v. United States, No. 3:18-cv-00581 (D. Nev. 2019) for the disability exception allowing for a longer period of time to file… …

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Arguing that the Tax Return You Filed is Incorrect

If your tax return is incorrect and you have pending tax litigation with the IRS, can you argue that the tax return is incorrect? What if the time period for filing an amended tax return is still open? Should the court consider the new argument or should it rely on the incorrect tax return? The… …

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Using Multiple PTINs to File Fraudulent Tax Returns

It can be difficult to be a tax preparer. The rules change just about every year. The IRS has increased its focus on identifying and punishing tax return preparers. This includes criminal sanctions for the tax return preparers. The enforcement actions often do not factor in the realities of the tax preparation business. The recent… …

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Does Late Payment Tax Penalty Run from Extended Due Date?

If you file an extension for an estate tax return and pay the tax before the extended due date, can the IRS impose penalties for late payment? The court addresses this in Estate of Agnes R. Skeba v. United States, No. 3:17-cv-10231 (D.N.J. 2019). Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer is an estate. It’s estate… …

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The Affirmative Act of Tax Evasion

Taxpayers get behind on their taxes as they do every other type of liability. It happens. But owing the IRS unpaid taxes can be more than a civil problem. Non-payment can lead to criminal tax evasion charges. The United States v. Connerton, No. 3:17-cr-47 (D. Conn. 2019), case provides an opportunity to consider the “affirmative… …

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