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Court Finds Comedian Not So Funny


Posted on June 12, 2020

A taxpayer who performed comedy shows deducted personal expenses as business expenses, such as childcare, clothing, groceries and meals at fast-food restaurants.  In court, the taxpayer presented unsorted and voluminous documentation where personal living expenses were not clearly distinguishable from legitimate business expenses.  The taxpayer also argued frivolous and groundless positions and, despite warnings from the Judge to the contrary, persisted in his misguided course of conduct and wasted significant court time and resources that the Judge did not find to be very funny.  The taxpayer was found to owe significant back taxes to the IRS along with penalties and interest.  The court also imposed money sanctions against the taxpayer because it found that he maintained the litigation primarily for delay.  Messing with a court or a judge is never advisable, and this joker did not get it!

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