Andrew R. Roberson

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Andrew (Andy) R. Roberson focuses his practice on tax controversy and litigation matters. He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Examination Division and Appeals Office and has been involved in over 75 matters at all levels of the federal court system, including the US Tax Court and Federal District Courts, several US Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Andy has experience settling tax disputes through alternative dispute resolution procedures, including Fast Track Settlement and Post-Appeals Mediation, and in representing clients in Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) audits. In addition to representing corporations and partnerships in tax disputes, he also represents high net-worth individuals and assists taxpayers needing to make voluntary disclosures. Read Andy Roberson's full bio.

Supreme Court Punts on Attorney-Client Privilege Question


By , and on Feb 2, 2023
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Audits, Privilege and Non-Disclosure, Trial Courts

In a surprising move, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) dismissed a dispute involving the proper test to apply when determining whether an unnamed law firm’s mixed bag of communications involving both legal advice and discussions of tax preparation was privilege. The dismissal came less than two weeks after oral arguments, with SCOTUS stating...

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IRS Finalizes New Schedule UTP and UTP Instructions


By and on Dec 23, 2022
Posted In IRS Guidance, Tax Refunds

On December 22, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finalized changes to Schedule UTP, Uncertain Tax Position Statement, and Instructions for Schedule UTP. Proposed changes to Schedule UTP and the UTP Instructions were announced on October 11, 2022, with comments requested by November 18, 2022. Our prior coverage of the proposed changes and comments can...

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Tax Court Holds That Deficiency Petition 90-Day Time Limit Is Jurisdictional


By , and on Dec 1, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

Last summer, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the 30-day time limit to file a Collection Due Process (CDP) petition is a non-jurisdictional deadline subject to equitable tolling (Boechler, P.C. v. Commissioner). (Our prior discussion of Boechler can be found here.) The natural follow-up issue was whether this holding extended to the...

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IRS Issues New Procedures for Large Corporate Audit Disclosures


By and on Nov 30, 2022
Posted In IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Tax Refunds

For decades, large corporate taxpayers under continuous audit have been able to make disclosures under Revenue Procedure 94-69 at the beginning of an examination to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of adjustments (both positive and negative) to their tax returns and thereby obtain protection from various penalties and obviate the need to file a...

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Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Whirlpool


By and on Nov 21, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Guidance, Trial Courts

On November 21, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in Whirlpool Financial Corp., et al., Petitioners v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, No. 22-9. This means that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s decision remains in effect and is binding on the taxpayers who reside in that circuit. However,...

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Update on IRS Enforcement Efforts


By and on Nov 16, 2022
Posted In IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Tax Reform, Transfer Pricing Resource

We frequently post about the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax enforcement trends and announcements. Prior examples from this year include the release of a five-year strategic plan emphasizing enforcement, the plan to hire up to 200 additional attorneys to assist with litigation efforts, the implementation of the Large Partnership Compliance (LPC) Pilot Program, a focus...

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Update on Schedule UTP Comments


By and on Nov 14, 2022
Posted In IRS Guidance, Tax Refunds

We previously discussed the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) announcement regarding draft changes to Schedule UTP, Uncertain Tax Position Return Statement, and Instructions to Schedule UTP (Form 1120). The IRS requested comments by November 18, 2022. On November 14, 2022, we submitted our comments to the IRS outlining some of our concerns with the draft changes, focusing...

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President Biden to Nominate New IRS Commissioner


By and on Nov 10, 2022
Posted In Uncategorized

On November 10, 2022, US President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Danny Werfel to serve as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen has expressed her support for Werfel’s nomination. Charles Rettig, whose term expires on November 12, 2022, is the current IRS Commissioner and Doug O’Donnell...

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Whirlpool Update: New Filings and Distribution for Supreme Court Conference


By , , , and on Nov 4, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

On November 2, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that the case of Whirlpool Financial Corp., et al., Petitioners v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, No. 22-9, has been distributed for consideration at its upcoming conference on November 18, 2022. Meaning, we should have an answer in the next few weeks as to...

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The IRS Can Share Your Tax Information with Foreign Governments


By and on Oct 28, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Audits, IRS Guidance

The recent Zhang v. United States case, Docket No. 21-17093 (9th Cir. Oct. 18, 2022), serves as a reminder that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can force you to disclose and share your tax information with foreign governments. The taxpayers in Zhang appealed the decision from the US District Court for the Northern District of...

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