No, we’re not talking about Spock and Dr. McCoy. We’re referring to the recent Fifth Circuit opinion in In re McCoy, 666 F.3d 924 (5th Cir. 2012), which held that a late-filed tax return is not a “return” for purposes of the Bankruptcy Code. The result is that a tax debt for which a late return was filed can never be discharged. This major departure from past practice is not warranted by either the plain language of the Code or the legislative history of BAPCPA, neither of which suggests that Congress intended to make tax debts related to late-filed returns non-dischargeable in all circumstances. Since McCoy was decided several bankruptcy courts have adopted a similar position.
NACBA member and tax expert Morgan King takes a closer look at this issue in his recent article “What’s Wrong with McCoy?” You can also follow the status of pending cases dealing with these issues at www.latefiledreturn.com.
NCBRC is interested in participating in cases dealing with this issue. To let us know about a pending case, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tax Returns