Robin Greenhouse

Robin Greenhouse

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Supreme Court Grapples With Showing Required For Evidentiary Hearing Before Summons Enforcement

After hearing oral arguments in a case alleging the Internal Revenue Service issued summonses for an improper purpose, the Supreme Court of the United States is set to provide guidance on the type of evidence that a summoned...more

4/25/2014 - Evidentiary Hearings IRS SCOTUS Summons

Supreme Court Decides in Favor of IRS in Quality Stores: FICA Generally Applies to Severance Payments

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., holding that severance payments made pursuant to plans that did not tie payments to the...more

3/27/2014 - FICA Taxes IRS Quality Stores SCOTUS Severance Pay

IRS Lacks Authority to Issue and Enforce Tax Return Preparer Regulations

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the decision of the District Court for the District of Columbia, affirming that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lacked the authority to...more

2/21/2014 - IRS Tax Preparers Tax Returns

Focus on Tax Controversy - December 2013

In This Issue: A Decade of Lessons Learned from State Tax False Claims Act Cases; Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims; and Challenging Regulations After Mayo and Home...more

12/5/2013 - Administrative Procedure Act False Claims Act Fraud IRS Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed Mayo Foundation v US Protective Claims SCOTUS Standard of Review State Taxes Tax Refunds Transfer Pricing Treble Damages U.S. Treasury US v Home Concrete & Supply Whistleblowers

IRS Denied Peek Behind the Curtain: District Court Protects Wells Fargo’s Tax Accrual Workpapers

In an important taxpayer victory, a Minnesota District Court ruled in favor of Wells Fargo, holding that the measurement and analysis of its uncertain tax positions was protected from disclosure by the work product privilege....more

6/12/2013 - Disclosure Requirements IRS Motions to Quash Summons Tax Accrual Workpapers Wells Fargo Work Product Privilege

IRS Addresses Whether Publisher Is “Producer” Under §199

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice, the IRS National Office concluded that a publisher’s activities in producing an “electronic” version of books that were “printed” by a third party did not constitute qualifying...more

4/5/2013 - e-Books IRS Manufacturers Publishers Section 199 Tax Deductions

District Court Holds IRS Lacks Authority to Issue and Enforce Tax Return Preparer Regulations

On January 18, 2013, the District Court for the District of Columbia held that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to issue and enforce the tax return preparer regulations that it issued in 2011 and permanently...more

1/24/2013 - Enforcement IRS Lack of Authority Permanent Injunctions Tax Preparers

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