IRS Slammed For Sloppy Tax Suit Against Convicted Fraudster

Law360, New York (February 10, 2014, 6:41 PM EST) -- The U.S. Tax Court allowed a husband and wife to walk away from the majority of their decade-old tax debt, citing on Monday the Internal Revenue Service's unfounded reliance on records from a related criminal case.

Judge L. Paige Marvel faulted the IRS for completely failing to call several key witnesses at trial and for ambushing taxpayers Christopher and Lisa Close with new documents and allegations relating to their corporate and testamentary interests at trial.

“This case would have benefited from a more fully developed record...
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