John F. Gilliam Jr. and Martha L. Gilliam

12/30/2002

02-33

The Taxpayers failed to file New Mexico income tax returns for the 1994 and 1995 tax years.  In 1997, the Department assessed the Taxpayers for personal income tax, penalty, and interest for those years.  The Taxpayers protested the assessment, arguing:  1)  the Taxpayers are not “individuals” or “persons” upon whom the income tax is imposed and 2) New Mexico does not have authority to make an independent determination of the Taxpayers’ federal adjusted gross income for purposes of assessing New Mexico personal income tax.  Held:  1) the Taxpayers are “natural persons” and thus “individuals” who are subject to the imposition of personal income tax pursuant to the New Mexico Income Tax Act; and 2) the Department has authority to determine the Taxpayers’ federal adjusted gross income for purposes of determining their New Mexico taxable income, regardless of whether the Taxpayers’ federal return has been adjusted by the IRS. Protest denied.