Privilege Debate Stalls BDO Seidman Tax Shelter Case

Law360, New York (July 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A long-running debate about attorney-client privilege continues to stall a tax shelter investigation launched by the Internal Revenue Service against accounting firm BDO Seidman LLP back in September 2000.

An appeals court has ordered an Illinois federal court to re-examine hundreds of documents subpoenaed by the IRS in the case for a fourth time, to determine which ones are protected by either tax practitioner or attorney-client privilege.

In an opinion handed down Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit remanded the seven-year-old case...
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