First Circuit Denies Work Product Protection For Tax Accrual Workpapers

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1 I.R.M. 4.10.20.2 (7/12/2004).

2 Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, § 7602.

3U.S. v. Arthur Young & Co., 465 U.S. 805 (1984), rev'g 677 F2d 211 (2nd Cir. 1982), rev'g 496 F. Supp. 1152 (D.C. N.Y. 1980).

4 No. 07-2631 (1st Cir. Aug. 13, 2009) (en banc).

5 Announcement 2002-63, 2002-2 C.B. 72.

6United States v. Textron Inc . , 507 F. Supp. 2d 138 (D. R.I. 2007).

7553 United States v. Textron Inc., F.3d 87 (1st Cir. 2009).

8United States v. Textron Inc . , No. 07-2631 (1st Cir. Aug. 13, 2009)(en banc) (emphasis in original).

9329 U.S. 495 (1947).

10 (Emphasis in original).

11United States v. El Paso Co., 682 F.2d 530 (5th Cir. 1982).

12See FIN 48 and Tax Accrual Workpaper (TAW) Policy Update LMSB Commissioner Memorandum, LMSB-04-0507-044 (May 10, 2007).

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