In Burnet v. Porter, 283 U.S. 230, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the right of the respondent to allow a claim for refund and at a later date reopen the case and redetermine the tax.Summary of this case from Milleg v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue
Argued March 12, 1931. Decided April 13, 1931.
1. The Commissioner of Internal Revenue, after approving a deduction for loss in an income tax return and allowing a claim for refund of the proportional part of the tax, had authority to reopen the case later, disallow the deduction and redetermine the tax. 2. Decided, as respects proof of deductible loss, upon the authority of Burnet v. Houston, ante, p. 223. 39 F.2d 360, reversed.
Assistant Attorney General Youngquist, with whom Solicitor General Thacher and Messrs. Sewall Key and A.H. Conner, Special Assistants to the Attorney General, Erwin N. Griswold, and Clarence M. Charest, General Counsel, and Allin H. Pierce, Special Attorney, Bureau of Internal Revenue, were on the brief, for petitioner.
Mr. Walter Lee Sheppard, with whom Mr. William C. Alexander, Jr., was on the brief, for respondents.
William W. Porter was a subscriber in the sum of $75,000 to the fund described in our opinion handed down this day in Burnet v. Houston, ante, p. 223. The facts in the present case are the same except that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue first approved the deduction and allowed a claim for refund of the proportional part of the tax, and then some time later reopened the case, disallowed the deduction and redetermined the tax. The court of appeals sustained the power of the commissioner upon the authority of McIlhenny v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 39 F.2d 356; and was clearly right in doing so. That court, however, upon the main point, following its decision in the Houston case, reversed the determination of the Board of Tax Appeals in favor of the government. 39 F.2d 360. This is contrary to our decision in the Houston case, and upon that authority the judgment is