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B. Burden of Production
Section 7491(c) provides that the Commissioner will bear the
burden of production with respect to the liability of any
individual for additions to tax and penalties. “The
Commissioner’s burden of production under section 7491(c) is to
produce evidence that it is appropriate to impose the relevant
penalty, addition to tax, or additional amount.” Swain v.
Commissioner, 118 T.C. 358, 363 (2002); see also Higbee v.
Commissioner, 116 T.C. 438, 446 (2001). Once the Commissioner
has done so, the burden of proof is upon the taxpayer to
establish reasonable cause and good faith. Higbee v.
Commissioner, supra at 449.
C. Section 6662(a)
Pursuant to section 6662(a), a taxpayer may be liable for a
penalty of 20 percent of the portion of an underpayment of tax
(1) attributable to a substantial understatement of tax or (2)
due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Sec.
6662(b). The term “understatement” means the excess of the
amount of tax required to be shown on a return over the amount of
tax imposed which is shown on the return, reduced by any rebate
(within the meaning of section 6211(b)(2)). Sec. 6662(d)(2)(A).
Generally, an understatement is a “substantial understatement”
when the understatement exceeds the greater of $5,000 or 10
percent of the amount of tax required to be shown on the return.
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