Tax Court: Reliance on VP of Tax is Not Reasonable Cause to Avoid Penalties

The Tax Court finds that a consolidated group of companies which hired a former outside consultant (both a CPA and an Attorney) as their Vice President of Taxes was subject to penalties under Section 6664 on unreported personal holding company tax for the tax years in which he was their in-house advisor. The taxpayer was able to rely upon the reasonable cause exception from penalties for the tax year in which the same consultant was an independent paid provider.

Read the opinion here:
7 W Enterprises v. Commissioner, 136 T.C. No. 26 (2011)

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