Taxes: Balm from the IRS

When Eleanor and Lloyd Roberts were summoned by the Internal Revenue Service to discuss their taxes, they found a novel reason for refusing to show up. Under federal law, they pointed out, any witness who is subpoenaed for a Government hearing is entitled to mileage and witness fees. No fees, no appearance. The trial court in Florida rejected the argument. The Robertses, said the court, were not entitled to witness fees because they were the individuals being investigated.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has now ruled otherwise. An IRS investigation, said...