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Taxpayer Advocate Service: Not Just for Low-Income Taxpayers


By on Jun 27, 2019
Posted In IRS Guidance, Uncategorized

We recently wrote an article for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, ABA Tax Times, on the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), explaining what TAS does and how it can be utilized by all types of taxpayers. The article can be reviewed here.

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Law360: Rules of Construction Provide Framework for Decoding TCJA


By on Mar 6, 2019
Posted In IRS Guidance, Tax Reform, Uncategorized

We recently wrote a detailed article on rules of statutory and regulatory construction in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Law360. The Law360 article, “Rules of Construction Provide Framework for Decoding TCJA,” can be accessed here.

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Desmond Confirmed as Next IRS Chief Counsel


By on Feb 27, 2019
Posted In Uncategorized

By a vote of 84-15 (with one senator not voting), the Senate has finally confirmed Michael Desmond to be the next Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Desmond is highly regarded in the tax community. We wish him well in his new post. See links below for our prior coverage of Mr. Desmond’s nomination and...

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Tax Court Provides Operational Update during Government Shutdown


By on Jan 14, 2019
Posted In Trial Courts, Uncategorized

As we previously discussed, the United States Tax Court (Tax Court) closed its doors on December 28, 2018, until further notice. However, trial sessions scheduled for the weeks of January 7, and 14, 2019, were to proceed as scheduled. The Tax Court has updated its website to confirm that the trial sessions scheduled for the...

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Law360: Deference Principles: Tax Litigation’s Next Battleground


By on Jan 11, 2019
Posted In Appellate Courts, Tax Reform, Trial Courts, Uncategorized

Following our post, The (Potential) Demise of Auer Deference?, we wrote an expanded article on tax reform and deference for Law360. The Law360 article, “Deference Principles: Tax Litigation’s Next Battleground,” can be accessed here.

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The (Potential) Demise of Auer Deference?


By on Dec 12, 2018
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, Uncategorized

On December 10, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case of James L. Kisor v. Peter O’Rourke, Acting Secretary of Veteran Affairs, S.Ct. Dkt. No. 18-15. Although this is not a tax case, it has significant implications for taxpayers and tax practitioners. The reason: the Court will finally squarely address the issue of...

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McDermott Continues to Receive Top Rankings in Tax in Chambers USA 2018


By on May 7, 2018
Posted In Uncategorized

Chambers USA released its 2018 edition of annual rankings of law firms and lawyers in various practice areas. We are honored that Chambers USA has recognized McDermott’s tax practice and several of its lawyers in the latest rankings. A summary of McDermott’s tax rankings is listed below along with a complete list available here to...

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Natural Disasters and Tax Law


By on Nov 20, 2017
Posted In Uncategorized

Following up on our pro bono post last week, we wanted to highlight a recent article in the ABA Tax Times regarding tax impacts of natural disasters. The article discusses resources available to taxpayers and volunteers dealing with the after-effects of a natural disaster and emphasizes the need for tax assistance long-after the natural disaster occurs. If...

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ABA Section of Taxation Seeks Nominations for Annual Pro Bono Award


By on Nov 14, 2017
Posted In Uncategorized

As we have written about before, there is a substantial need for pro bono assistance to low-income taxpayers throughout the country. A sample of some of the tremendous results obtained by pro bono volunteers can be found here. As strong proponents of pro bono, both in tax law and other areas of the law, we...

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Paradise Papers Revelations Highlight Importance of IRS Voluntary Disclosure


By on Nov 6, 2017
Posted In IRS Guidance, Uncategorized

In light of the massive leak of the Appleby files this weekend (i.e., the “Paradise Papers” leak), it is increasingly important for US taxpayers to know the rules regarding reporting of their offshore financial accounts and assets. We have previously written on this subject here. The latest document release from the International Consortium of Investigative...

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