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  • Effective May 8, 2015, the Tax Court is dropping the “3-view limit” applicable to viewing documents in cases files by counsel and parties in a case.

    As a precaution based on limitations in bandwidth, in 2008 when the Court began to provide parties with remote access to case files, the Court permitted parties to view documents only 3 times. Due to expansion of the Tax Court’s bandwidth since 2008, effective May 8, 2015, the Court is eliminating the 3-view limit.

    There will continue to be no charge for viewing documents. Beginning today, parties who have registered for eAccess may log on to Petitioner Access and Practitioner Access and view unsealed documents in their cases free of charge. eAccess users who previously exhausted all views of documents will be able to electronically access them again.

    There is no change in the types of documents which can be viewed electronically. For example, as before, parties may not view sealed documents electronically. Also as before, nonparties may continue to view orders, opinions, and decisions an unlimited number of times through the Docket Inquiry, Orders Search, or Opinions Search portions of the Court’s site.

    See the eAccess page for more information.

  • NOTICE: THE TAX COURT HAS DECIDED TO MAKE ELECTRONIC FILING (E-FILING) MANDATORY FOR MOST PARTIES REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL (PRACTITIONERS) IN CASES IN WHICH THE PETITION IS FILED ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2010. Initial filings, such as the petition, may be filed only in paper form. See Rule 26(b) and Practitioners' Guide to Electronic Case Access and Filing. eFiling is available, but not required, for pro se petitioners (taxpayers) through Petitioner Access.
   
 

Public Access

The Court offers public online access to opinions, orders, decisions, and docket sheets through Docket Inquiry, Orders Search, and Opinions Search on the Court’s Web site (www.ustaxcourt.gov). The Court also provides public access to case files at the Clerk's Office during regular business hours.

Services for Petitioners and Practitioners

  • Registration and eAccess: The Court provides electronic access (eAccess) allowing registered petitioners, intervenors, corporations, fiduciaries, and certain other participants (referred to here as “petitioners”) and persons representing petitioners and respondent who are admitted to practice before the Tax Court (referred to here as “practitioners”) to electronically view documents in their Tax Court case or cases. The Tax Court does not impose user fees or charge to view, save, or print documents. Petitioners and practitioners may register for online access to information and documents through Petitioner Access and Practitioner Access.

    Note: In cases commenced before 2005, only documents filed after January 12, 2009, are available in electronic form. In cases commenced in 2005 or later, documents filed after March 1, 2008, are viewable electronically. The following documents cannot be viewed through eAccess: documents in sealed cases, individual documents that have been sealed or deemed stricken from the record, documents in disclosure cases, and exhibits (unless submitted in an eFiled document). Transcripts of hearings and trials may be viewed after one year from the date of the proceeding.
  • eService: Persons with eAccess may consent to receive electronic service (eService) by the Tax Court in their cases.
  • eFiling: The Court allows electronic filing (eFiling) under Rule 26 of the Tax Court Rules of Practice and Procedure in all cases by petitioners and practitioners in good standing with the Court who have registered for eAccess, agreed to its Terms of Use, and consented to eService. eFiling is mandatory for most parties represented by counsel (practitioners) in open cases in which the petition is filed on or after July 1, 2010. See Rule 26(b). eFiling in a case can be commenced only after a petition has been filed in the Tax Court in that case. Initial filings, such as the petition, may be filed only in paper form.

Eligibility for eAccess

Eligibility for eAccess is limited to: (1) practitioners and (2) petitioners (both pro se and those represented by a practitioner) in open cases. To participate in eAccess, a user must register for Petitioner Access or Practitioner Access and agree to the Terms of Use. To register for eAccess, petitioners must have a case pending before the Court.

Additional Information

For further details on eAccess services, petitioners (taxpayers) should consult the Petitioners' Guide to Electronic Case Access and Filing. Counsel admitted to practice before the Tax Court should consult the Practitioners' Guide to Electronic Case Access and Filing. For eAccess questions, technical support, or assistance with registration, please submit an eAccess Support Form.

Please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Court with case-related questions at (202) 521-0700 during business hours. The Tax Court is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) on all days except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays in the District of Columbia.

 

 

For Taxpayers (Petitioners)

 

For Counsel Admitted to Practice Before the Tax Court


*The Court mails petitioners a Notice of Receipt of Petition upon the filing of a case. For cases filed on or after September 10, 2008, registration instructions for eAccess are included with the Notice sent to self-represented (pro se) petitioners. Pro se petitioners who started a case before September 10, 2008, may obtain registration instructions by sending a letter to the Clerk of the Court or completing the online Petitioner Access Request Form. Petitioners represented by a practitioner may also request instructions and register to use the Petitioner Access, but they should first consult their representative. Petitioners and parties may not request access to closed cases. Petitioners should include the docket numbers assigned to them on all correspondence.

 


*The Court's Admissions Section mails newly admitted practitioners the registration instructions in their Certificates of Admission package. Unregistered practitioners may request registration instructions by contacting the Admissions Section.

 
 
  To contact the Webmaster for technical issues or problems with the Web site, send an e-mail to webmaster@ustaxcourt.gov. For your information, no documents can be filed with the Court at this or any other e-mail address. For all non-technical questions, including procedural, case-related, or general questions about the Court, you must contact the Office of the Clerk of the Court at (202) 521-0700 or by postal mail at U.S. Tax Court, 400 Second Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20217, Attention: Office of the Clerk of the Court.
   
  Last updated: May 17, 2015