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Can the IRS Assert IRC Section 6676’s Erroneous Refund Penalty on Protective Refund Claims?

By , and on Mar 25, 2024
Posted In IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Tax Refunds

We once again want to bring to your attention the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) new favorite penalty provision: Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6676. We have reported on this provision several times before (See here, here and here), but this time we’re analyzing it in the context of protective refund claims. As background, IRC Section...

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Tax Court Rules Limited Partners May Be Subject to Self-Employment Tax

By and on Dec 1, 2023
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

On November 28, 2023, the US Tax Court granted partial summary judgment in favor of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Soroban Capital Partners LP v. Commissioner and held that “limited partners” are defined functionally—not by state law—for purposes of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1402(a)(13), which excludes distributions to a “limited partner, as such”...

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Federal District Court Rules Codified Economic Substance Doctrine Vitiates Tax Transaction Benefits

By , and on Nov 3, 2023
Posted In Court Procedure Matters, Trial Courts

On October 31, 2023, the US District Court for the District of Colorado, in Liberty Global, Inc. v. United States, applied the codified economic substance doctrine and held—on summary judgment—that Liberty Global, Inc. (LGI) must recognize $2.4 billion in taxable gain. At issue was a four-step transaction that took place in 2018, as a result...

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