Monroe dentist has lost a bid to stop his practice from being forced to pay $1.1 million in back taxes.
On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Chicago upheld a ruling by the IRS that the dentist’s tax payments were due in 2018, even though the tax payments had not yet been paid.
The tax payments are due on May 15.
Monroe has filed a petition to the IRS to have the case dismissed, arguing that the IRS has the right to withhold taxes for “certain” taxpayers.
The dentist’s attorney, Robert B. Vartanian, said the court was “pushing the envelope” on how much it is willing to go to defend taxpayers.
Varying tax codes and complex formulas allow the IRS, in effect, to withhold money based on an individual’s income and then collect from the individual’s employer, said Vartani, who is also the chairman of the American Dental Association.
In an interview, the 9 th Circuit judge, James Boasberg, told The Hindu that he had not read the full decision, but he was “very surprised” by the ruling.
He said he will likely rule on the case again next week.
The case is not the first time the tax law has been used to push for greater tax collections for dentists.
In 2015, the court ruled that the U,S.
Treasury Department must pay back nearly $100 million in tax debt owed by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
That ruling led to several tax lawsuits.
In the meantime, dental students, dentists and other dentists have been using tax law to push back against the Affordable Health Care Act.
Dentists in New York City and New Jersey sued the Obama administration in the case of the New York State Legislature and its refusal to fund dental schools, and in December, a group of dental schools in California filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration for its refusal of funds to support dental schools.