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 […]

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 […]

Agreeing to an IRS Real Estate Foreclosure Sale

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Can you ask the IRS to take real estate to satisfy your unpaid tax liability?  The answer is “yes,” but it usually not the best option.  The recent order in United States v. Leroy, No. 2:18-cv-01777-MCE-DB (E.D. Cali. 2018) provides an example of this. The Facts & Procedural History Ms. Leroy owed $177,653.70 in unpaid taxes […]

Dormant IRS Levy Precludes Wrongful Levy Suit, IRS Wins

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What happens if the IRS issues a levy to someone who does not owe taxes to the IRS, but the IRS does not receive anything from the levy.  The levy sits dormant for several years.  Everything is good, right?  But then the third party pays the IRS.  Can the person’s right to challenge the levy […]

Avoiding an IRS Wage Levy by Change to Contractor Status

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Can you avoid an IRS wage levy by having your employer change your status from that of an employee to a contractor?  The court addressed this in Hudiak vs. United States, No. MJG-11-1271 (D. Md. 2018) by ordering the taxpayer to make installment payments to the IRS despite the change in employment status. The Facts & […]

Can the IRS Take Property Purchased in a Business Name?

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If you owe the IRS back taxes but want to buy real estate or some other type of property, can you form a legal entity and use it to acquire property and thereby put the property is beyond the IRS’s reach? The court recently addressed this in United States v. Jones, No. 8:17-cv-2389-T-24 AEP (M.D. […]

IRS Refuses to Enforce Lien, Leaving Taxpayer Without Recourse

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If the IRS has a superior lien on real estate, it should enforce its lien and apply the sales proceeds to reduce the taxpayer’s unpaid taxes. But what if there is a junior lien that acquires the real estate first? Can the IRS work out a deal with the junior lien holder and divert a […]

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