Wednesday, August 15, 2012

offer-in-compromise frivolous tax submissions

COMREP ¶ 71,221.007 Frivolous tax submissions. (Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, , PL 109-432, 12/20/2006)

Joint Committee on Taxation Report — JCX-50-06
Present Law
The Code provides that an individual who files a frivolous income tax return is subject to a penalty of $500 imposed by the IRS (sec. 6702). The Code also permits the Tax Court 97 to impose a penalty of up to $25,000 if a taxpayer has instituted or maintained proceedings primarily for delay or if the taxpayer's position in the proceeding is frivolous or groundless (sec. 6673(a)).

  Because in general the Tax Court is the only pre-payment forum available to taxpayers, it deals with most of the frivolous, groundless, or dilatory arguments raised in tax cases.
Explanation of Provision
The provision modifies the IRS-imposed penalty by increasing the amount of the penalty to up to $5,000 and by applying it to all taxpayers and to all types of Federal taxes.
The provision also modifies present law with respect to certain submissions that raise frivolous arguments or that are intended to delay or impede tax administration. The submissions to which the provision applies are requests for a collection due process hearing, installment agreements, and offers-in-compromise. First, the provision permits the IRS to disregard such requests. Second, the provision permits the IRS to impose a penalty of up to $5,000 for such requests, unless the taxpayer withdraws the request after being given an opportunity to do so.
The provision requires the IRS to publish a list of positions, arguments, requests, and submissions determined to be frivolous for purposes of these provisions.
Effective Date
The provision applies to submissions made and issues raised after the date on which the Secretary first prescribes the required list of frivolous positions. (212) 588-1113

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