Abbey Garber Quoted in Law360 on Recent U.S. Tax Court Calls

“No Plans To Put All Tax Court Docs Online, Chief Judge Says”

Despite calls for more transparency, there are no immediate plans to make all U.S. Tax Court documents publicly available online because the court has an obligation to protect sensitive taxpayer information, Chief Judge Maurice Foley told Law360 in a recent interview.

…Abbey B. Garber, a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP who served for 30 years in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, said he had seen countless cases in Tax Court filed by pro se taxpayers, and many of them failed to redact sensitive information.

Pro se petitioners may remember to redact a Social Security number on the first page but forget to redact it on another page, or they may fail to redact bank account numbers on any exhibits they file, so it is understandable why the Tax Court is sensitive about that information being public, Garber said.