In Uncategorized on 07/30/2021 at 08:38

I never had one in my young day on The Hill Far Above. Perhaps one kindred spirit would have got me a higher place in our graduating class.

Well, if a reader is prepping for the SEE or similar, and wants a study buddy for FICA/FUTA TFRPs, look no further than that Obliging Jurist, Judge David Gustafson. Even though Donald Edward Nunn, Jr., 6617-20L, filed 7/30/21, doesn’t bother to reply to IRS’ summary J motion, Judge Gustafson lays upon him the whole nine yards.

Read all eight (count ’em, eight) pages of this order. But I want to draw your attention to the “low-hanging fruit” option for the challenge to computation and responsible personhood. While the Appeals hearing offered in the Letter 1153 is your only hearing, because Congress wanted to prevent double-dipping, there is a Plan B.

“(If this outcome seems harsh, it must be evaluated in this light: As we have previously noted, ‘the section 6672 penalty is divisible, so that a taxpayer may litigate the penalty after having paid an amount corresponding to the tax withheld from a single employee’. See Weber v. Commissioner, 138 T.C. 348, 363 n.12 (2012) (citing Davis v. United States, 961 F.2d 867, 870 n.2 (9th Cir. 1992), and Bland v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-84, slip op. at 22 n.13). Thus, the taxpayer whose liability is upheld in the Letter 1153 proceeding before IRS Appeals can make a small “token” payment towards the section 6672 penalty, file a refund claim with the IRS, and, if the refund claim is denied, file a refund suit in a Federal District Court or the Court of Federal Claims.)” Order, at p. 7.

In Davis, supra, as my expensive colleagues would say, the plaintiff only had to stump up $100 out of a $70K bill, and IRS counterclaimed for the rest.

So if you have a case and you lose at Appeals, you might want to consider paying the lowest amount IRS claims, making sure your cover letter says to what employee and what amount and period it applies, file for a refund, and if refund denied, sue.


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