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Ghostwriting Reports (Cont.)
The Tax Court rejected a jointly prepared 20- page expert rebuttal report on the behalf of two experts since prepared primarily by only one expert and by taxpayer’s counsel. The report went through 12 revisions.
The witness never explained to our satisfaction that the words, analysis, and opinions in that report were his own work and a reflection of his own expertise…[W]e are unpersuaded that [the expert] played any meaningful role in composing the contents of the …rebuttal report. He was vague, uncertain, and unfamiliar with the contents of the report, and he was uncomfortable and evasive, and he was uncomfortable about his role in its preparation.”
Source: Bank One Corp., 120 TC 174 (2003): Judge Laro’s Order dated 1/15/03, page 29.