Sarah M. Raben

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Sarah M. Raben focuses her practice on private client matters with particular experience in tax controversy. Prior to joining McDermott, she worked for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Read Sarah Raben's full bio.

Courts Split on Supervisory Approval Requirement for Tax Penalties


By , and on Sep 28, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Audits, Trial Courts

Since Chai v. Commissioner, an opinion by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit subsequently followed by the US Tax Court in several opinions, there has been a substantial number of cases litigating issues involving supervisory approval of federal civil tax penalties. Two recent additions to that list include decisions from the Ninth...

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Courts Outline Boundaries of the Anti-Injunction Act Post-CIC Services


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

Since the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in CIC Servs., LLC v. IRS was issued in May 2021, courts have grappled with how to apply the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) in other contexts. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit under the AIA in Hancock...

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IRS Appeals Retains Video Conference Option, Requests Public Input


By and on Aug 22, 2022
Posted In IRS Appeals, IRS Audits, IRS Guidance

In 2017, we posted about the IRS Independent Office of Appeals’ (IRS Appeals) implementation of a face-to-face virtual option for taxpayers. Now, IRS Appeals wants suggestions from tax professionals on how to improve and enhance the video conferencing platform. IRS Appeals offers taxpayers conferences by telephone, video or in person. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered expanded...

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IRS Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan with Emphasis on Enforcement


By and on Jul 26, 2022
Posted In IRS Audits, IRS Guidance, Tax Reform

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its five-year strategic plan (Strategic Plan) for 2022 – 2026, laying out four major goals: Service: Provide quality and accessible services to enhance the taxpayer experience Enforcement: Enforce the tax law fairly and efficiently to increase voluntary compliance and narrow the tax gap People: Foster an inclusive, diverse and...

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Sixth Circuit Denies Proceeds Regulation Rehearing Request, Sets Up a Circuit Split


By and on Jul 13, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Guidance, Trial Courts

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently denied a taxpayer’s request for a rehearing en banc in Oakbrook Land Holdings, LLC v. Commissioner, No. 20-2117, leaving a highly contested conservation easement regulation in place and setting up a split between the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits. In Oakbrook, the taxpayer argued that Treas....

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Late CDP Petitions May Still Be Entitled to Tax Court Review


By and on Apr 22, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, Court Procedure Matters, IRS Appeals, Trial Courts

In a unanimous decision in Boechler, P.C. v. Commissioner issued on April 21, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit’s ruling (which affirmed the US Tax Court) and held that the 30-day time limit to file a petition with the Tax Court in a...

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District Court Vacates, Sets Aside IRS Reportable Transaction Notice


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

The fallout from taxpayer challenges to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) “reportable transaction” regime continues. On March 21, 2022, the district court in CIC Servs., LLC v. IRS ruled in favor of the taxpayer, vacating Notice 2016-66 and ordering the IRS to return all documents and information produced pursuant to Notice 2016-66 to taxpayers and material...

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Sixth Circuit Sides with Taxpayer in APA Challenge to Reportable Transaction Regime


By , and on Mar 7, 2022
Posted In Appellate Courts, IRS Appeals

We previously posted about the US Supreme Court’s opinion in CIC Servs., LLC v. IRS, which allowed a pre-enforcement challenge to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) “reportable transaction” regime. In that post, we noted the district court opinion in Mann Construction, Inc. v. United States, No. 1:20-cv-11307 (E.D. Mich. 2021), holding that an IRS Notice...

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