Monday, February 09, 2009

Tax Court Takes Swipe at Daschle-Geithner-Killefer-Solis

The Tax Professor blog recently posted an entry discussing the tax courts taking an evident swipe at the recent surge in publicized famous tax evaders. You can find a segment of the article below, but the full post can be found here:

The Tax Court yesterday held that the IRS did not abuse its discretion in refusing to accept her proposed offers in compromise, upheld the IRS's tax lien and levy against her, and upheld the IRS's refusal to abate tax penalties. Taylor v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2009-27 (Feb. 5, 2009). In its conclusion, the Tax Court appeared to take a swipe at Tom Daschle, Tim Geithner, Nancy Killefer, and Hilda Solis:

Both petitioner and respondent repeatedly commented on petitioner's stature as a beloved and well-known professional singer as support for their respective positions in these consolidated cases. We disagree with both parties insofar as they contend that a taxpayer's celebrity status is somehow relevant to what this Court must do in deciding whether the Commissioner's collection action may proceed. Every taxpayer, no matter how famous or notorious, has a legal obligation to honestly report and pay his or her income tax liability each year and is entitled to fair enforcement of Federal tax laws. ... Respondent gave petitioner ample opportunity to rectify her failure to pay estimated tax when due and considered petitioner's collection alternatives in accordance with applicable administrative and legal requirements.

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