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Media Quote Rob Kovacev on Supreme Court Ruling in IRS Summons Case

June 23, 2014

Steptoe tax partner Rob Kovacev, a former senior litigation counsel in the US Department of Justice Tax Division, was quoted by several media outlets including Reuters and Law360 following the US Supreme Court’s ruling in US v. Clarke.  On June 19, the high court ruled unanimously that taxpayers have a right to an evidentiary hearing to challenge an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) summons enforcement action in court when they can show the tax agency might have issued the summons in bad faith.  

Mr. Kovacev tells Reuters, “This (decision) is a setback to the government’s attempt to shield IRS agents from being cross-examined about potential IRS abuses.”

The full article can be read in Reuters.  Mr. Kovacev's comments on the ruling can also be read in the following publications: