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January 7, 2010

Introduction to the U.S. Tax Court

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The United States Tax Court has a nifty video online that explains how this Court works.  The primary purpose of preparing those who intend to represent themselves before the Court to best present their case, though it also serves as a useful reference for anyone seeking information about the Tax Court case process. Two narrators lead the viewer through seven video segments, which detail the life of a Tax Court case.

  • Part One describes the processes that can lead to a Tax Court filing.
  • Part Two provides a brief introduction to the Court and introduces useful terms.
  • Part Three covers the logistics of how to file a petition with the Court and what happens after the filing of a petition.
  • Part Four covers the pretrial process, including settlement options.
  • Part Five covers the trial itself, illustrated largely through a mock trial.
  • Part Six covers post-trial settlement and appeal options, and the procedures followed when the petitioner either wins or loses their case.
  • Part Seven provides a brief list of best practices for petitioners in a Tax Court case and concludes with the Court’s contact information.

The narrators present the information at a level comprehensible by the legal layperson, and the videos intersperse shots of the narrators talking with on-screen text, graphics, and mock trial segments, all of which aid comprehension. The site plays the videos in an embedded Adobe Flash Player.

Links on the right-hand side of the page include a link to a glossary and additional information available on the Tax Court site.

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