Kevin Spencer

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Kevin Spencer focuses his practice on tax controversy issues. Kevin represents clients in complicated tax disputes in court and before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the IRS Appeals and Examination divisions. In addition to his tax controversy practice, Kevin has broad experience advising clients on various tax issues, including tax accounting, employment and reasonable compensation, civil and criminal tax penalties, IRS procedures, reportable transactions and tax shelters, renewable energy, state and local tax, and private client matters. After earning his Master of Tax degree, Kevin had the privilege to clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Ruwe on the US Tax Court. Read Kevin Spencer's full bio.

A Look at the Tax Court’s Congressional Budget Justification

By and on Apr 27, 2022
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

We frequently write about developments at the US Tax Court, including noteworthy cases, administrative matters, and the status of presidentially appointed Judges and court-appointed Special Trial Judges. One item we have not discussed in the past is the Tax Court’s “Reports & Statistics,” which is available here. The Reports & Statistics page currently contains two...

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Tax Court Special Trial Judge Daniel A. Guy Retires

By and on Apr 12, 2022
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

On April 1, 2022, the US Tax Court announced that Special Trial Judge (STJ) Daniel A. Guy has retired, effective March 31, 2022. STJ Guy served the Tax Court in various roles for more than 30 years, the last 10 in the capacity of STJ. He was recently honored with the J. Edgar Murdock Award...

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Tax Court Proposes New Rules of Practice and Procedure

By and on Mar 31, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, Tax Reform, Trial Courts

On March 23, 2022, the US Tax Court announced new proposed rules for practicing before it. The Court proposed three new rules, amendments to existing rules and changes to conform the existing rules to various forms. The proposed changes also reflect the Court’s move toward conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. OVERVIEW OF...

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An Update on Section 6751 Penalties

By and on Mar 23, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Appeals, IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Trial Courts

Tax penalties are always a hot topic here. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a large arsenal when it comes to grounds for asserting penalties on income tax deficiencies, ranging from the common 20% penalty under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 6662(a) to higher penalties ranging from 40% (gross valuation or basis misstatements and economic...

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IRS Continues Focus on Hiring and Modernization of Technology

By and on Mar 17, 2022
Posted In IRS Guidance

We previously discussed the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) efforts to adjust to a remote environment by offering video meetings and secure messaging systems in order to maintain an efficient audit process. We also previously shared the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s plan to hire up to 200 additional lawyers to assist with litigation matters. On...

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Former Tax Court Judge Gerber Passes Away

By and on Mar 9, 2022
Posted In Trial Courts, Uncategorized

The US Tax Court announced that former Judge Joel Gerber passed away on March 4, 2022. Judge Gerber retired from the Tax Court on July 16, 2020. Prior to his appointment to the Tax Court, Judge Gerber spent several years working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in several cities around the country, including as...

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New Tax Court Chief Judge Announced

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

On February 25, 2022, the US Tax Court announced that Judge Kathleen Kerrigan has been elected the new Chief Judge and will serve a two-year term beginning June 1, 2022. Judge Kerrigan will replace Chief Judge Maurice B. Foley, who has served in the role since June 1, 2018. Judge Kerrigan was sworn into the...

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IRS Proposes New Process for Post-Filing Disclosures to Replace Revenue Procedure 94-69

By and on Feb 28, 2022
Posted In IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Tax Refunds

For many years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided large corporate taxpayers who are under continuous audit to make affirmative disclosures at the start of an audit so they have an opportunity to disclose tax positions and avoid certain civil tax penalties. The procedure, outlined in Revenue Procedure 94-69, has been very popular with...

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Former Tax Court Judge Robert P. Ruwe Passes Away

By and on Feb 23, 2022
Posted In Trial Courts, Uncategorized

We are deeply saddened to report that retired US Tax Court Judge Robert P. Ruwe passed away on February 12, 2022. The Tax Court’s press release aptly stated: “Judge Ruwe was known for his extraordinary memory and grasp of tax law, and for the valuable experience that he brought to his work.” We both clerked...

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Tax Court Posts New Citation and Style Manual

By and on Feb 3, 2022
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

A substantial amount of our practice over the years has involved representing clients before the US Tax Court. And, we both started our tax careers clerking at the Tax Court and working on dozens of orders and opinions. Needless to say, we are familiar with the ins and outs of the Tax Court. When it...

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