News Category: estate and gift taxation

Can the IRS subpoena your work papers, even after the taxpayers have paid the deficiency?

An Idaho couple claimed nearly $1.5 million as a charitable contribution deduction on their federal tax returns relating to the granting of a conservation easement. The IRS summoned the taxpayer’s appraiser to provide evidence related to the easement valuation, including all his work files. Based on advice of the taxpayer’s attorney, the appraiser refused the summons, asserting the attorney-client privilege and work-product protections. Read more >>