Ignorance of Tax Laws Won’t Always Grant You a Pass

“I’m sorry, officer. I didn’t know the speed limit was only 25 in a school zone.” When is the last time that one worked for you? Right. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. It usually doesn’t fly with the IRS either. Despite this, the tax court issued an opinion suggesting that in some cases ignorance can indeed be bliss. Well, maybe not bliss, but it can be a valid excuse—at least to escape certain accuracy-related penalties. For example, a California couple that botched the tax … [Read more...]