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Tax Talk for Tax Pros

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Welcome to TaxBlawg, a resource for news and analysis of current legal issues facing tax practitioners. Although blawg.com identifies nearly 1,400 active “blawgs,” including 20+ blawgs related to taxation and estate planning, the needs of tax professionals have received surprisingly little attention. The Wall Street Journal's Tax Blog gives “tips and advice for filers,” and Paul Caron’s legendary TaxProf Blog is an excellent clearinghouse for academic and policy-oriented news. Yet, tax practitioners still lack a dedicated resource to call their own. For those intrepid souls, we offer TaxBlawg, a forum of tax talk for tax pros.

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As the World Turns: Court Rebuffs Novel Spin on International Tax Filing Rules

For better or worse, many a tax dispute has been won or lost on procedure, often on the question of whether a document - be it a tax return, refund claim, or petition - was timely filed.  The centrality of this issue helps explain the renown of the otherwise unremarkable "mailbox rule" (a.k.a. the "timely-mailing-is-timely-filing rule").

The attached article, published in the International Tax Review, examines a recent case, Dietsche v. Commissioner, in which the Tax Court ruled that a petition mailed from New Zealand and postmarked the day after its due date was not timely filed, even though, measured by the Tax Court's time zone, the petition was timely.

Dietsche v. Commissioner offers a chance to review the mailbox rule, discover how this rule has evolved to address international issues and foreign postmarks, and gauge the Tax Court's threshold for novel arguments. The attached article explores these topics in hopes of helping taxpayers (and their advisers) avoid potential pitfalls.

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    Hale is a partner in the Tax Controversy Section, Chair of the International Tax Group, and Member of the Executive Committee. He helps individuals and businesses with tax disputes and compliance projects ...