Notice: First Circuit Local Rule 36.2(b)6 States Unpublished Opinions May Be Cited Only in Related Cases.philip Paul Bassett, Petitioner, Appellant, v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Respondent, Appellee, 30 F.3d 126 (1st Cir. 1994)Annotate this Case
July 1, 1994
Appeal from the United States Tax Court [Hon. Stephen J. Swift, U.S. Tax Court Judge ]
Philip Paul Bassett on brief pro se.
Michael L. Paup, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Gary R. Allen, Gilbert S. Rothenberg and Steven W. Parks on brief for appellee.
Before Selya, Cyr and Stahl, Circuit Judges.
Philip Paul Bassett seeks review of a Tax Court decision sustaining an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determination that Bassett had underpaid his taxes and was liable for certain penalties as a result. The Tax Court decision entered on January 15, 1993, but Bassett did not file his notice of appeal until June 11, 1993, well after the appeal period had expired. See 26 U.S.C. § 7483 ("Review of a decision of the Tax Court shall be obtained by filing a notice of appeal with the clerk of the Tax Court within 90 days after the decision of the Tax Court is entered."). In response to our order to show cause why his late appeal should proceed, Bassett alleged that he had not been informed of his appellate rights or obligations by either the IRS or the Tax Court. We permitted the appeal to proceed, reserving the question whether we had jurisdiction over the untimely appeal.
We now dismiss Bassett's appeal for lack of jurisdiction. See Vibro Manufacturing Co. v. Commissioner, 312 F.2d 253, 254 (2d Cir. 1963) (untimely filing of appeal deprives the court of appeals of jurisdiction over an appeal). The Tax Court's failure to notify Bassett of his appeal rights does not excuse the untimely appeal so that we may assume jurisdiction over the appeal. See Wilder v. Chairman of the Central Classification Board, 926 F.2d 367, 371 n. 2 (4th Cir.) (the court rejected a pro se appellant's argument that the district court's failure to inform him of the proper procedures for seeking an appeal was grounds for permitting his untimely appeal to proceed), cert. denied, 112 S. Ct. 109 (1991); Mayfield v. United States Parole Commission, 647 F.2d 1053, 1055 n. 5 (10th Cir. 1981) (the court suggested that, because the time requirements for filing an appeal are jurisdictional, they would not be affected by the district court's failure to heed the court of appeals' previous suggestion that pro se litigants be notified of their appeal rights and duties). The same would be true of any failure by the IRS to inform Bassett of his appellate rights, assuming, that is, that the IRS had such an obligation.