Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Petitioner admits that her income was misreported and that her taxable income was underreported. She maintains that she reported all of her income and that the mistakes made were "honest mistakes" resulting from her lack of familiarity with the TurboTax program. Petitioner claims she used the audit portion of the TurboTax program, believing the audit portion would catch any mistakes she otherwise might make. ...
It is apparent that a portion of the information petitioner entered into the TurboTax program was incorrect; hence the mistakes made (which resulted in the underpayment) were made by petitioner, not TurboTax. TurboTax is only as good as the information entered into its software program. See Bunney v. Commissioner, 114 T.C. 259, 267 (2000). Simply put: garbage in, garbage out.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Geithner Blames Turbo Tax For His Tax Troubles (Jan. 22, 2009)
- TurboTax, Geithner Edition (June 30, 2009)
- Tax Court Rejects Taxpayer's Attempt to Use Geithner's TurboTax Defense (Aug. 26, 2009)
- Tax Court Rejects "Geithner Defense," Says Reliance on TurboTax Does Not Excuse Taxpayer From Penalty for Errors on Tax Return (Apr. 20, 2010)
- Tax Court Rejects Geithner/TurboTax Defense (June 23, 2010)
- Tax Court Again Rejects Geithner/TurboTax Defense (Nov. 12, 2010)
- For First Time, Tax Court Approves Use of Geithner/Turbo Tax Defense (Nov. 25, 2011)
- Taxpayers Should be Able to Use Geithner/TurboTax Defense (Apr. 16, 2012)