By Robert W. Wood

No one wants to owe the IRS, or to have to ask the powerful tax collection agency for extra time to make payments. But it happens, even to wealthy and famous people. In Forest Whitaker v. Commissioner, No. 16-73450 (9th Cir. 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt actor and director Forest Whitaker a blow about his own taxes. The case says the IRS did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Whitaker’s request for installment payments. The IRS instead demanded full payment, enforcing collection. The decision in favor of the IRS and against the actor and his wife should hardly be a surprise. Yet installment payments are often quite possible with the IRS. So why did Whitaker lose?FORBES

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