Fifth Amendment Internal Revenue Service

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When the Fifth Amendment Privilege Doesn't Work-Tax Cases

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the futility of expecting that the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-incrimination will shield taxpayers from production of offshore financial records. ...more

IRS Fighting Hard to Avoid Tea Party Class Action Claims

The IRS recently filed a motion to dismiss class action claims brought by Tea Party groups. In NorCal Tea Party Patriots, et. al. v. IRS, et. al., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:13-cv-00341, Tea Party groups asserted that the IRS...more

Supreme Court to Decide When Taxpayers Can Obtain an Evidentiary Hearing in a Summons Enforcement Action

On January 10, 2014, the Supreme Court granted review of an Eleventh Circuit case addressing the circumstances under which a taxpayer can obtain an evidentiary hearing in challenging a summons issued by the Internal Revenue...more

IRS Provides Some Guidance on Federal Tax Matters for Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this year, in the case of U.S. v. Windsor, the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Under Section 3 of DOMA, the definitions of "marriage" and "spouse" had been limited to a...more

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act: What are the changes for employers?

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the federal government from recognizing state-granted same-sex marriages, was unconstitutional because...more

Congressional Investigations: Unique And Significant Risks

We have all watched the familiar scene on Capitol Hill – the latest public scandal like officials from the Internal Revenue Service are dragged up to Capitol Hill to appear before a Committee, raise their right hands, take...more

Top Reasons For Not Talking To An IRS Special Agent

The Fifth Amendment provides that “[n]o person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself….”...more

No Records is Not an Acceptable Excuse

Often taxpayers who have not filed Reports of Foreign Bank or Financial Accounts (FBAR’s) will claim that they do not have records of their offshore accounts, because the accounts are maintained by third parties. In many...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Fifth Amendment Does Not Shield Taxpayer's Attorney from Forced Production of Client-Taxpayer's Records

Applying the “foregone conclusion” exception to the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, the Ninth Circuit held on January 8, 2013, that the IRS could force a taxpayer’s criminal defense attorney to turn over...more

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