Tax Court Says Royalties Paid to Roth IRA Were Excess Contributions to IRA

The U.S. Tax Court recently issued another opinion involving a LLC owned by a self-directed IRA. The case is Block Developers, LLC v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-142. The case invovles an IRA LLC that purchased a patent and then licensed the patent back to the prior owner, with the intent of the IRA LLC collecting…

Cash-Basis Taxpayers Can Deduct Reclamation Costs Under Sec. 468

Section 468 allows a current deduction for mining and solid waste reclmation costs even though the expenses may not be incurred for several years–if not decades–in the future. It has traditionally been thought that only accrual-method taxpayers can benefit from Sec. 468. The court recently dispelled this notion in Gregory v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 2…

The Form 1045 Dispute & Possible Solution: Include a Detailed Cover Letter

The Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund, is used to carryback losses, credits, etc. from the current year to prior years. In many cases it is used when a taxpayer was previously profitable and then incurrs a loss. The now unprofitable business can go back and recoup taxes paid in prior years and get a…

Have an IRS Dispute, What You Need to Know About IRS Appeals

If you have and IRS dispute brewing and you have not been able to resolve the matter with the IRS, you are probably going to have to ask the IRS Office of Appeals to consider the case. The IRS Office of Appeals is the administrative forum for resolving tax disputes. It provides taxpayers with an……

Settlement Award for Discrimination Related to Physical Injuries is Taxable

Damage awards received on account of personal physical injuries or physical sickness are not taxable. If a taxpayer receives a non-taxable award under this rule and then is discriminated against by his employer due to the physical injuries, is a second award paid by the employer also non-taxable? The court recently addressed this in Rajcoomar…

Court Says Serial IRS Whistleblower Claimant Cannot Remain Anonymous

In Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. 25, the U.S. Tax Court concluded that a whistleblower claimant could not remain anonymous when litigating his claim in court. This case is one all whistleblowers should read and fully understand as it could result in their identity being made public. The Facts The abbreviated facts are as…

Tax Law is Not Determined by Common Industry Term

Just because businesses in a particular industry commonly use a term to describe a particular transaction or event, the industry term does not necessarily have any bearing on the Federal income tax consequences of the transaction or event. The court addresses this in Greenteam Materials Recovery Facility PN v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-122, in the…

Issue for the New Partnership Audit Procedures Raised in TEFRA Case

The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (“TEFRA”) procedures were intended to make it easier for the IRS to audit partnership tax returns. TEFRA failed to deliver. The rules are nuanced and hard to apply. The new partnership audit procedures are intended to remedy this. With the new partnership audit procedures coming online…

Penalty Abatement for Reliance on Tax Advisor Who Made Obvious Errors

The IRS often willing to abate or remove tax penalties. To do so, taxpayers usually have to show that they acted with reasonable cause and in good faith. Relying on a competent tax professional can be one way taxpayers can make this showing. But what exactly is a competent tax professional? The court addressed this…

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