PODCAST: Robert Carney Discusses CIC Services v. IRS
On December 1st, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case CIC Services, LLC v. Internal Revenue Service. The case involves whether courts have jurisdiction over challenges to the validity of Internal Revenue Service rules or regulations under the Administrative Procedure Act before the taxpayer pays a tax and seeks a refund. The specific issue presented was whether the prohibition in the Anti-Injunction Act (26 U.S.C., sec. 7421, “AIA”) on lawsuits “for the purpose of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax” bars challenges to regulatory mandates issued by Treasury/IRS in the form of information reporting requirements that could lead to the assessment of tax penalties. In CIC Services, the Government asserted that the AIA barred pre-enforcement litigation challenging reporting requirements that could have significant civil and criminal penalties attached for non-compliance, where the civil penalties are denominated by the Internal Revenue Code as a “tax” but where no violation had yet occurred. The case came to the Supreme Court on a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which had affirmed a district court opinion dismissing the case under the AIA for lack of jurisdiction.
We are joined by a panel of experts to discuss the oral arguments, and the various policy implications of the potential rulings.
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- Senior Counsel