IRS Tax Debts from Retirement Account Distributions

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Retirement account distributions typically trigger sizable tax liabilities. These liabilities often go unpaid, which results in unpaid tax debts and IRS collection enforcement actions. With careful planning, sometimes these taxes can be avoided. Tax on Retirement Account Distributions Most distributions from retirement accounts trigger income taxes. This includes distributions from IRAs and 401(k)s. The idea […]

Getting the IRS to Pay Your Attorney’s Fees

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The IRS is required to pay a taxpayers attorney’s fees for defending unsupportable positions. This can even include attorney’s fees when the matter is settled administratively before court. But the IRS is not required to pay attorney’s fees if the IRS’s position is substantially justified. The Bontranger v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-45, helps clarify how […]

Designating Proceeds from Sale of Property Subject to IRS Lien

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If a taxpayer wants to sell property subject to an IRS lien and the IRS agrees to allow the sale, can the taxpayer designate what tax period the proceeds paid to the IRS from the sale are to be applied? The IRS attorneys address this in CCA 201916009. Facts in CCA 201916009 In CCA 201916009, […]

The Limits of the IRS’s Levy

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If the IRS issued a levy notice to a third party to attempt to collect a tax debt, the third party is generally obligated to pay over to the IRS any money owed to the taxpayer. But how long does this obligation continue? Does it apply to future payments that the third party becomes indebted […]

Using the CDP Hearing to Challenge Tax Penalties

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There are times when it is important to pick the right method of approaching a problem with the IRS. The VICA Technologies v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2019-7, case provides an example of contesting penalties in an IRS collection due process hearing. Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer was assessed a Sec. 6698(a) penalty for […]

IRS Pursuit of Additional Taxes After Bankruptcy

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One of the benefits of bankruptcy is that it provides some certainty as to what is owed. If successful, the bankruptcy process can provide debtors with a fresh start. But things get complicated when taxes are involved. The recent Breland v. Commissioner, 152 T.C. 9 (2019), case provides an example whereby the IRS was allowed […]

IRS Can Use Probate Process to Extend Collection Period

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When a loved one dies, the person who serves as the personal representative is tasked with wrapping up the decedent’s affairs and paying known creditors.  But what if one of the creditors is the IRS?  Can the probate process extinguish unpaid IRS taxes?  The recent United States v. Chicorel, No. 17-2321 (6th Cir. 2018) provides an […]

IRS Can Collect from Property Purchased in Corporation

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Can a taxpayer put property beyond the IRS’s reach by purchasing the property in the name of a corporation or a third party?  The answer is typically “no.”  The recent Arlin Geophysical Co. v. United States, No. 2:08-cv-00414-DN-EJF (C.D. Utah 2018) provides an example. Facts & Procedural History The court case involves an individual who […]

Family Member’s Mortgage Filing May Trump IRS Lien

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If a child owes unpaid taxes to the IRS, can the parent file a lien against the child’s property to prevent the IRS from levying on the property?  The court considered this in United States v. Allahyari, No. C17-668 TSZ (W.D. Wash. 2018). The Facts & Procedural History Upon graduating from law school in the early […]

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