Brief Note on Comments and Changes to Posts

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Keith, Steve and I generally read comments to all posts. Occasionally, we will also get emails from readers containing corrections or suggestions to improve our posts. For example, in this week’s post on qualified offers, Keith responded to a comment from Karen Hawkins, who noted that one of the cases in his post was actually a Tax Court case, and not a 9th Circuit case (Karen litigated it–she knows her cases and many others too)! Keith responded in the comment acknowledging the oversight.

In the post on July 15 “Tentatively Filing a Tax Court Petition” Jason T provided an excellent comment on the perils of abusing the system for imperfect petitions used by the Court.  Keith acknowledged the importance of the comment because his focus in writing the post was more on low-income taxpayers who are lost to the clinic when the moment to file the petition rather than on individuals trying to game the system.  Comments like the one from Jason T reflect that our posts can miss important perspectives.  We certainly do not want to suggest practitioners take actions in the Tax Court that could subject them to Rule 33 violations.  We have posted before about the richness of the comments we receive and we continue to invite readers to regularly check out those comments as well as to make them.

In today’s post, I added an update to Carl’s guest post on amicus briefs reflecting Professor Bryan Camp’s experience submitting an amicus brief in the BASR case, the third party fraud/sol case Robin Greenhouse blogged on last week.

We also get occasional comments pointing out spelling errors or helpful grammar tips and word choice suggestions. We do our best to be accurate but sometimes make mistakes. When correcting a minor error (such as spelling or word choice) we occasionally make small changes to the post without noting the change with a formal update. When the error is more material, we will let readers know in the comments or in a more formal update to the post.

It should go without saying that while we encourage comments, please keep them civil and refrain from personal attacks. Also, as our home page makes clear our blog is intended for general information purposes only and should not be considered legal advice on any particular situation.

Thanks for your readership.



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Professor Book is a Professor of Law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.


  1. I thank Les, Keith, and Steve for hosting this blog. Procedurally Taxing is the best tax procedure blog extant.

    Every week, Messrs. Book, Fogg, and Olsen furnish us practitioners with all the tax news we can use. Procedurally Taxing also fields a veritable tax All-Star team of guest bloggers.

    Oh, yes: the blog’s commenters are pretty good too.

  2. Well said, Jason T.! A big thanks to the PT team for your time and insight on important tax practice matters! It amazes me that you all can consistently generate high quality and relevant content for your readers. Keep it up!

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