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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Michael Thornton Named Tax Court Chief Judge

Tax Court Logo 2The Tax Court has announced that Judge Michael B. Thornton has been elected as Chief Judge. He will serve a 2-year term beginning June 1, 2012, succeding Chief Judge John O. Colvin.

Judge Thornton received a B.S. degree in Accounting and an M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. Judge Thornton was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1982.

Judge Thornton was appointed by President Clinton as a Judge of the United States Tax Court on March 8, 1998, for a term ending March 7, 2013.

Judge Thornton served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced law as an Associate Attorney with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, and with Miller and Chevalier. Judge Thornton also served as Tax Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Treasury Department.

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There was an interesting order by Judge Thornton posted yesterday on the Tax court website, involving a tax protester named McGhan. The judge dismissed the case and warned the taxpayer that if he tried the same arguments again, he might be subject to Tax Court penalties. What Judge Thornton may have overlooked is that the same taxpayer made the same arguments back in 2002, in a case that was appealed to the Ninth Circuit and thrown out there.

Apparently tax protesters get a free bite of the apple every decade or so.

Posted by: Bob | May 9, 2012 10:19:21 AM