Federal court denies IRS access to taxpayer’s work product
Abstract: A recent federal court decision lends support to taxpayers’ efforts to protect their tax accrual workpapers from disclosure to the IRS. The ruling in U.S. v. Textron Inc. (D.R.I. 2007) could prove critical in light of a relatively new accounting standard, FIN 48, which requires corporate taxpayers to document their uncertain tax positions and make related public disclosures. But because the years at issue in Textron occurred before the standard’s effective date, it remains unclear whether required public filing disclosures required will waive work product privilege.