Recent TEFRA Partnership Tax Litigation

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Jason B. Freeman

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Stevens v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2020-118 | August 6, 2020 | Halpern, J. | Dkt. Nos. 29815-13, 9539-15

Short SummaryThe IRS determined deficiencies for the taxpayers’ 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 tax years.  In addition, the IRS asserted additions to tax under Section 6651(a)(1) and accuracy-related penalties under Section 6662(a) for 2006, 2008, and 2010.  Moreover, because the taxpayers had not filed returns for 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2012, the IRS issued separate notices of deficiency to each taxpayer and also determined additions to tax under Section 6651(a)(1) and (2) and estimated additions to tax under Section 6654 for 2011 and 2012.

After the notices of deficiency were issued, the taxpayers submitted to the IRS signed and unsigned returns reflecting losses from TEFRA partnerships which effectively offset the deficiencies.  Prior to trial, the IRS moved to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction so much of each case as it related to partnership items, which was granted by the Tax Court.  Thereafter, the IRS provided recomputed deficiencies reflecting the dismissal of partnership items.  The taxpayers provided no evidence at trial challenging the adjustments underlying the deficiencies.

Key Issue:  To what extent can the Tax Court uphold the IRS’ recomputed deficiencies in light of the taxpayers’ claimed partnership loss deductions?

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Insight:  The Stevens case again illustrates the complexity in the old TEFRA regime.  However, fewer of these cases will be heard by the Tax Court as the IRS initiates more partnership examinations under the new BBA audit procedures.


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