Iames v. Commissioner of IRS, No. 16-1154 (4th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
After petitioner unsuccessfully challenged his liability in a preassessment hearing before the Office of Appeals of the IRS, he sought to raise the same issue before the same administrative unit in his collection due process (CDP) hearing. The Office of Appeals concluded that Section 6330 of the Internal Revenue Code, I.R.C. 6330, prohibited him from disputing his liability a second time, and the Tax Court agreed. The court explained that petitioner was afforded a meaningful opportunity to challenge the imposition and amount of the reporting penalty: he had the ability to request a preassessment hearing before the Office of Appeals. The court determined that this was sufficient under Section 6330(c)(2)(B). The court also held that Section 6330(c)(4) barred petitioner from challenging his liability in the CDP context. Therefore, the court concluded that the Commissioner was entitled to judgment as a matter of law, and the court affirmed the Tax Court's judgment.