unpaid taxes


Continuation Theory: Collecting Taxes Owed by Prior Business

If a business has or expects to have a significant debt, it may transfer its assets and/or operations to a new business entity to try to avoid the debt. There are a number of non-tax cases where the courts have addressed this. The courts generally apply a “continuation” theory in these cases which asks whether […]

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Court Invalidates Longstanding Process to Challenge IRS Levy

If the IRS fails to mail or mails a notice to a taxpayer and uses the wrong address, should the taxpayer be faulted for missing the deadline set out in the IRS notice? The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals says “yes” in Adolphson v. Commissioner, No. 15-2242. The facts and procedural history are as follows: […]

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IRS Collections for U.S. Military Personnel

Judicial and administrative proceedings are temporarily suspended for those serving in the United States military. This includes a temporary hold on IRS collection actions. These laws are not provided in the Tax Code. Rather, they are set out in the Se…


Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy vs. Settling with the IRS

Bankruptcy can be one of the best methods for resolving tax debts. This is particularly true if the taxpayer’s primary assets only consist of retirement accounts and equity in a personal residence. The recent In re Moore, No. 15-42046 (Bankr. E.D. Tex. Jul. 7, 2016), case presents an opportunity to consider the results if the […]

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Ski Condo Held in Revocable Trust Not Subject to Federal Tax Lien

In U.S. v. Kimball, No. 2:14-CV-521-DBH, the U.S. District Court in Maine held that a federal tax lien did not attach to a ski condo held in trust even though the trust was a revocable trust and the taxpayer had access to the condo and he paid the expenses for the condo with his personal […]

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