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IRS Examinations of Forms 1040 - What to be Mindful Of in 2015

Taxpayers and representatives need to be mindful that the IRS Appeals Office has implemented what is known as the Appeals Judicial and Culture (AJAC) Project....more

McKesson: FCA Allows Taxpayer’s Motion

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the taxpayer’s motion to amend its Notice of Appeal to add a new ground of appeal and to file a Supplementary Memorandum of Fact and Law. The Court of Appeal stated that the...more

Proceed With Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals: Burden Of Proof Shifts For “Aberrational” Assessments; Appealing $50 Penalty...

A 5%+ assessment increase is “aberrational” where the property has not substantially changed year-to-year, so the Assessor carries the burden of proof. I have previously posted about Indiana’s adoption of a burden-shifting...more

Business Privilege Taxes Paid On Leases Refund/Appeal Filing Needed By March/April 2015

On September 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, No. 1940 C.D. 2013, held that lease receipts are not taxable under local business privilege tax ordinances....more

Legge: Improper Pleading Fatal to Crown’s Case

What must the Crown plead and how must she plead it? This question became an issue in the Tax Court’s recent decision in Legge v. The Queen (2014 TCC 360), in which the Tax Court allowed a taxpayer’s appeal due to the...more

Fourth District Court of Appeal Holds Sales Tax Against Florida Corporation on Out-of-State Sales is Unconstitutional

In American Business USA Corp. v. Department of Revenue, Case No. 4D13-1472 (4th DCA November 12, 2014), the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that an assessment of sales tax pursuant to a provision in Florida's sales tax...more

Arms’ Length Sale of Contaminated Property is Best Indicator of Value for Tax Appeal Purposes

In a recent Appellate Division decision (Orient Way Corp. v. Tp. of Lyndhurst), the Tax Court’s prior determination that an arms’ length sale of the subject contaminated property provided credible evidence of true market...more

New IRS Appeals Procedures Complicate Tax Dispute Resolution

This article describes and evaluates the new IRS Appeals Office policy for handling IRS audit appeals. This new policy is known as the Appeals Judicial Approach and Culture (“AJAC”) Project. The stated goals of the AJAC...more

Yes, Distortion is Enough: New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Clarifies Combined Reporting Requirements

On September 18, 2014, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal released its first decision interpreting New York State’s post-2007 combined reporting laws and, in doing so, answered a question that has been lingering in the...more

Navigating Pennsylvania’s Tax Appeals Process - Updated September 2014

Pennsylvania’s tax appeal system has long been criticized as very complicated, expensive and lacking impartiality. Several years ago, the PA Chamber, the PA Bar Association and other interested groups were able to work with...more

PA Appeal Systems Changes Update

It has now been over a year since Pennsylvania’s General Assembly enacted major changes to Pennsylvania’s tax appeals process, and roughly five months since the new structure for the Board of Finance and Revenue was...more

Proposed House Bill would Create Appeals Process for Qualified Census Tract and Difficult Development Areas

On July 24, 2014, Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Texas) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would amend Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide for an appeals process for HUD Qualified Census Tract...more

Why You Should Keep Stockbroker Receipts

Gains from the sale of property are generally subject to federal (and, usually, state) income tax (sometimes referred to as “capital gains tax”). The amount of gain subject to tax is equal to the sale proceeds less the...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: State Tax Appeals Procedures Amended

During the 2014 Session, the Tennessee Legislature considered several tax and related initiatives before adjourning in late April. Among the provisions enacted were changes to the procedures for contesting taxes that are...more

Alabama Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Establish an Independent Tax Tribunal

Last night, the Alabama Senate passed by a vote of 26-0 Substitute House Bill 105, formerly known as the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II (TBOR II) and recently renamed the “Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act,” which...more

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Real Property Tax Appeal Deadline is March 31, 2014

Each year, Pennsylvania property owners and tenants have an opportunity to file a real estate tax assessment appeal. With the exception of Allegheny County, the annual appeal deadline for every county in Pennsylvania falls on...more

Tax Appeals in Connecticut: Know When to File

The deadline for appealing local property taxes in Connecticut is approaching. If you are considering appealing local property taxes this year, the following is a general explanation of Connecticut’s appeal procedure and...more

Tax Litigation Update: Second Circuit Tweaks its Standard of Review in Tax Cases Involving Mixed Questions of Law and Fact;...

On November 14, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit clarified the standard of review for mixed questions of law and fact in a case on review from the Tax Court. The case, Diebold Foundation, Inc....more

Is Your Tax Return Being Audited? Know What To Do!

For most people, when their income tax returns are being selected for examination by the IRS, their first reaction is panic. No need to worry. In such a situation, you should know what to do next, what to expect next, and...more

Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal – What You Need To Know NOW!

Through Public Act 97-1129, Illinois established the Independent Tax Tribunal (the “Tax Tribunal”) to largely replace the system of administrative hearings conducted by the Illinois Department of Revenue (the “Department”)....more

State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition - December 20th, 2013

On December 16, 2013, the Council On State Taxation (COST) released its fifth edition of the COST Due Process Scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements. For the second time in as many scorecards, Alabama ranked in...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Board of Finance and Revenue Changes Awaited

As this issue went to press we awaited official announcement of the Governor’s two nominees, and the State Treasurer’s designee, to the Board of Finance and Revenue. The Board was reconstituted by Act 52 of 2013 (see article...more

PA Tax Law News -- September 2013: PA Issues On Appeal – Corporate Taxes

Under Pennsylvania’s tax appeals system, many issues are not resolved at audit or before the Department’s Board of Appeals and the Board of Finance and Revenue, resulting in numerous appeals to the Commonwealth Court. In...more

Navigating Pennsylvania’s Tax Appeals Process -- Updated

Pennsylvania’s tax appeal system has long been criticized as very complicated, expensive and lacking impartiality. A few years ago, the PA Chamber and other interested groups were able to work with the General Assembly to...more

Appellate Notes: Recent Decisions of the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts - January 2013

In This Issue: -AC31211 - Aguinaldo v. Warner -AC33771 - Thompson Gardens West Condominium Assn., Inc. v. Masto -AC33850 - Unifund CCR Partners v. Schaeppi -AC33400 - Samnard Associates, LLC...more

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