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Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - July 2014

In this issue: - Supreme Court Limits Taxpayer’s Ability to Examine the IRS at a Summons Enforcement Hearing - Court Determines Tax Analysis not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine...more

Supreme Court Provides Standard for Evidentiary Hearing in IRS Summons Enforcement Proceeding

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that taxpayers have a right to an evidentiary hearing in an IRS summons enforcement action when the taxpayer “offers some credible evidence supporting his charge” of...more

High Court Opens Door To IRS Personnel Examination

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Thursday in United States v. Clarke (No. 13-301) addressing the standard that must be satisfied before a taxpayer can question Internal Revenue Service personnel about its...more

IRS Information Document Request Enforcement Procedures Update

The U.S. Supreme Court clarifies what is necessary to challenge a summons issued by the IRS for an improper purpose. On June 19, in United States v. Clarke, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a taxpayer is entitled to...more

Supreme Court Decides United States v. Clarke

On June 19, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that a taxpayer has the right to examine Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials regarding their reasons for issuing a summons only if the taxpayer points to facts or...more

"Supreme Court Clarifies Standard to Challenge IRS Summons"

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Clarke1 held that a taxpayer has a right to conduct an examination of IRS officials regarding their reasons for issuing an administrative summons when the taxpayer...more

Supreme Court hears Oral Arguments in Summons Enforcement Case

The IRS may summon any person to produce books, papers, records or any data that may be relevant in an exam. If a summoned party refuses to comply, the IRS must petition a district court to enforce the summons. The summoned...more

Tax Litigation Update: United States v. Clarke Tests Limits of IRS Summons Enforcement Power

On April 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Clarke, a case which may affect every taxpayer subject to a future IRS examination....more

The New IDR Process: How to Prepare Your Boss

In this presentation: - New IDR Process - Issuance of IDRs - IDR Response Best Practices by Taxpayers - IDR Extensions - New IDR Enforcement Process - Countdown to Summons - Summons Enforcement Proceeding -...more

Court of Appeals Rules 23-Day Notice Requirement for Third Party Summonses is Mandatory in Tenth Circuit

In Jewell v. U.S., Taxpayer Sam Jewell was the subject of an IRS investigation which resulted in third party summonses being issued to banks located in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma. Mr. Jewell challenged...more

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

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

When Your Employees Go to Court – Witness Duty

This post continues the discussion of employees absent from work for attendance at court. As a general proposition, employees who appear in court for their own cases, or on behalf of others, are not excused from work. They...more

Voluntary Disclosures Lead to John Doe Summonses for Information about U.S. Accounts at Zurcher Kantonalbank and Bank of...

In a sign that the U.S. government continues to aggressively seek information on U.S. taxpayers with non-U.S. bank accounts, the government announced on November 12, 2013, that it had obtained a court order authorizing the...more

The Claims and Litigation Process

How do you file a claim and get compensation? A lawsuit begins by filing a summons and complaint with the court and serving the defendant with a copy of the same. ...more

U.S. Seeks John Doe Summonses for Two More U.S. Banks

The Chicago Tribune reports that U.S. authorities are seeking information from Citigroup Inc.’s Citibank NA and Bank of New York Mellon Corp to uncover the identities of U.S. citizens who may have been hiding money in Swiss...more

Tax Practictioners Report Increase in Summons Issuance; IRS Issues New Guidance on Informal Document Requests

Tax practitioners have reported an increase in the issuance of IRS summonses in recent months, despite statements from the IRS indicating that it prefers informal means of investigation. Because of the intrusive nature and...more

IRS Gets “John Doe” Summons to Help Foreign Governments

In what may be a presage of actions to come the IRS has asked a court to issue a “John Doe” summons at the request of the Government of Norway. A “John Doe” summons is a court order that compels the receiving financial...more

U.S. District Court Orders Disclosure of Tax Accrual Workpapers, but Protects Opinion Work Product Information

On June 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota held that certain information contained in tax accrual workpapers must be disclosed by the taxpayer pursuant to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) summons,...more

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

In re Canopy Financial, Inc.: A Primer From the Seventh Circuit on Excusable Neglect

What is “excusable neglect” under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(1)? The answer is that it depends, but generally it’s not much. That’s the first lesson from the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in In re Canopy Financial, Inc., No....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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