reasonable cause


reasonable cause
For prosecution:- -the existence of a reasonable ground of presumption that the charge is or may be well founded. Wood v United States (US) 16 Pet 342, 366, 10 L Ed 987, 996. A reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to warrant a cautious man in believing that the accused is guilty. Tucker v Cannon, 32 Neb 444, 446. For failure to file tax return on time-inability to file on time notwithstanding the exercise of ordinary business prudence; such cause as reliance on Treasury publication; sometimes oversight of one's attorney or accountant. Estate of Fisk v Commissioner (CA6) 203 F2d 358. A taxpayer's failure to file an income tax return is due to reasonable cause within a statutory exemption from penalty where failure is due to reasonable cause, where the taxpayer has acted with ordinary business care and prudence in the matter. Orient Invest. & Finance Co. v Commissioner, 83 App DC 74, 166 F2d 601, 3 ALR2d 612. See probable cause; reasonable excuse.

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