The Tax Court announced in a press release on March 11, 2020, that it is canceling 15 trial sessions that had been planned for March due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Court said that trial sessions typically involve a large number of participants including litigants, attorneys, witnesses, low-income taxpayer clinic representatives, bar-sponsored pro bono program representatives, and Court personnel.
After assessing all relevant factors relating to COVID-19, including travel and public health considerations, the Court determined that it is appropriate to cancel the following trial sessions:
March 16, 2020: Hartford, CT; Philadelphia, PA; and San Francisco, CA
March 17, 2020: Provo, UT
March 23, 2020: Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Pittsburgh, PA; and San Antonio, TX
March 30, 2020: Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA
The Court said that, in keeping with Court practice, it is expected that parties will continue to work together to exchange information and address pending issues. Unresolved cases will be scheduled for trial at a later date.
This article originally appeared in the March 13, 2020 edition of Federal Tax Update, available on Checkpoint. For earlier coverage on the Tax Court and COVID-19, see Tax Court Announces Coronavirus Precautions.
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