On February 3, 2020, Florida Attorney General Ashely Moody issued a video consumer alert warning taxpayers to "Watch Out for Tax Identity Theft Scams" and providing tips for Floridians to help them avoid becoming victims of scammers.1
On January 16, 2020, the Maryland Governor's Office issued a news release reporting that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the proposed Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2020 (Act).The Act would provide significant tax relief for Maryland retirees in order to make it more affordable for them to remain in Maryland. The news release quotes Governor Hogan as saying:
When a taxpayer fails to file a tax return, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the authority under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §6020 to prepare a "substitute for return" (SFR) on the taxpayer's behalf. Generally, SFRs are detrimental to the taxpayer's overall tax situation. SFRs do not start the clock running for the three-year period for assessment, and the IRS is still permitted to proceed with collection activity. Moreover, the IRS is not going to assume that a taxpayer is entitled to a deduction for which it lacks evidence.
On January 3, 2020, the Tax Court issued an order refusing to remove an Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §6330(e)(1) suspension of levy, finding that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) failed to establish good cause for such removal. In this case, the taxpayer, as an attorney admitted to practice in Tax Court, was able to competently deflect what was essentially an IRS argument that his efforts to enforce his rights were frivolous. Other taxpayers should carefully consider this case as a particularly compelling example of why one is well-advised to hire competent counsel in IRS tax controversies.