This week, Andrew Belter and William Schmidt look at some U.S. Tax Court topics.
First, the case Boechler v. Commissioner is before the U.S. Supreme Court where they have heard oral arguments. In brief, an individual was a day late and missed the statutory deadline for a Collection Due Process hearing. The Tax Court ruled that there was a strict jurisdictional deadline. At issue before the Supreme Court is whether that deadline is jurisdictional or if equitable tolling can provide any relief.
Second, there was a discussion on the ABA Section of Taxation's Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee listserv regarding Answers from IRS Chief Counsel in Tax Court. For years 1983-2007, the Tax Court did not require answers in S cases. We discuss the pros and cons of Answers, plus suggestions for what could replace them.
Note: the phrase we couldn't remember was financial disability. William covered that topic way back in episode 55. To learn more, you can also look at Internal Revenue Code section 6511(h), Rev. Proc. 99-21 or IRS Publication 556, page 15.