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High Court Debate On Tax Obstruction Focuses On Intent

Law360, New York (December 6, 2017, 8:00 PM EST) -- Opposing attorneys for the federal government and a convicted tax dodger each tried to sway U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday to their own interpretations of a statute criminalizing the obstruction of federal tax laws, with the debate largely focusing on taxpayer intent to make the IRS’ job harder.

The high court heard oral arguments from counsel in the case of Carlo Marinello, who was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison under the so-called omnibus clause in § 7212(a) of the Internal Revenue...
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