The New Mexico Court of Appeals decided a case illustrating the heavy risks of failing to comply with a court’s order. Specifically, the Court of Appeals upheld the District Court’s full dismissal of a taxpayer’s refund claim for violating a discovery order. In Bowman v. Manforte, the taxpayer sought a refund of Gross Receipts Tax arguing that her income was exempt as wage income rather than income from an independent business. The New Mexico Department of Revenue Services (“Department”) suspected the taxpayer’s federal tax return would reflect deductions against the income that would be permitted only if the income were business income and not wages for federal income tax purposes. The taxpayer refused to produce the federal tax return, claiming that the return was privileged from civil disclosure under New Mexico’s tax secrecy law. The Department brought the taxpayer’s refusal before the District Court and twice obtained orders requiring the taxpayer to produce the return. After the taxpayer failed to comply with the disclosure orders, the District Court took the dramatic step of dismissing the taxpayer’s refund claim altogether. The taxpayer appealed to the Court of Appeals. Continue Reading ›
Marc Simonetti presents “The Changing Controversy Landscape – Defending False Claims Act and Qui Tam Lawsuits” at Practising Law Institute’s Hot Topics in State and Local Tax 2019 Program on March 12.
In SeeSALT Digest, members of our team examine important issues in play in the State and Local Tax arena. In “Ill-Fated Litigation: Exhausting Administrative Remedies and De Novo Review,” published in State Tax Notes, colleagues Carley Roberts and Jessica Allen take a look at two of the more dangerous pre-litigation pitfalls that can present themselves at any stage of the state or local tax controversy life cycle.