Tax Litigation

4
Jan

Client Privilege – When you have it & when you don’t may surprise you.

By: Gary P. Bluestein Many accountants incorrectly assume that their communications with their tax clients are always privileged and confidential. Unfortunately, sometimes tax cases can cross over into potential criminal exposure for a client, and not knowing the scope and limitations of privilege can be devastating, both to the practitioner and to the client.  Although there is limited privilege provided

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7
Nov

The Lifecycle of a Tax Controversy (Part 1)

By: Michael J. Tedesco, Esq. We find that accountants and taxpayers are often unfamiliar with certain aspects of the typical tax controversy (i.e. how a tax matter moves through assessment, Tax Court/Appeals and Collections). We have put together a series of articles moving through “The Lifecycle of a Tax Controversy”. What follows is the first part of what will be

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11
Apr

Are 2018 State and Local Real Property Taxes Paid in 2017 deductible or not? The Answer’s in the Statute.

By: John L. Marien On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  In light of the various tax cuts contained in the revisions to the Internal Revenue Code, Congress was compelled to formulate legislation that would recover some of the lost revenue.  One provision aimed at recovering a portion of this revenue loss

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27
Mar

Recent Tax Court Ruling Limits Statute of Limitations for Foreign Account Reporting

By: Tiffany D. Bell, Esq. In 2010, Congress added to the anxiety of tax practitioners when it expanded the statute of limitations for the IRS to assess income taxes to six years when a taxpayer fails to include Form 8938 with his tax return.  Taxpayers use Form 8938 to report to IRS foreign bank accounts and other specified foreign financial

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19
Mar

IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Will End on September 28, 2018

By: Randall P. Andreozzi, Esq. The IRS announced on Wednesday that it will officially end the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (affectionately known to practitioners as the “OVDP”) on September 28, 2018. The Agency urged taxpayers who still have not come forward to do so before the program ends. The 2014 OVDP is the last evolution of the program IRS

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31
Jan

Andreozzi Bluestein Litigators Achieve Precedential Tax Court Victory for United States Virgin Islands Taxpayers

In a court-reviewed opinion published on January 29, 2018, the U.S. Tax Court in Coffey, et. al. v. Commissioner, 150 T.C. No. 4, found in favor of the taxpayers and dismissed the Internal Revenue Service’s Statutory Notices of Deficiency against them as time barred. Andreozzi Bluestein LLP represented the Petitioners in this case before the Tax Court. The Petitioners claimed

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5
Jan

What Tax Reform Could Mean For Your Clients

By: Michael J. Tedesco, Esq. On December 22nd, 2017 with one stroke of a pen, president Trump signed into law the most sweeping tax law changes in a generation. For the first time in over 30 years tax professionals will confront significant changes in the tax law that will impact planning, reporting and enforcement matters. While the true impact of

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3
Sep

The Threat of Parallel Investigations: When Civil Isn’t Civil

By: Justin J. Andreozzi, J.D.; Randall P. Andreozzi, J.D.; and Arlene Hibschweiler, MBA, J.D. While at one time, the IRS would discontinue a civil examination when it began a criminal investigation of a taxpayer, it is now the IRS’s policy in certain situations to conduct simultaneous civil and criminal investigations in what are called parallel investigations. While, technically, the civil

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17
Mar

Tax Anxiety – Good News & Bad News

With the upcoming hype surrounding taxes as April 15th approaches, anxiety increases for those in tax trouble. A significant number of people have been contacted by the taxing authorities about missing tax returns, or are nervously anticipating such contact. Others already have an assessed liability and are facing enforced collection action. What many individuals who have not filed do not realize

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21
Feb

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Tax Court Ruling on Intervention in USVI Cases

On February 20, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit released an opinion allowing the Government of the United States Virgin Islands (“USVI”) to intervene in three cases consolidated for appeal.  The Eleventh Circuit reversed the U.S. Tax Court’s denial of the USVI’s motions to intervene in the three cases. In each case, the taxpayers, each of

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