By Michael L. Moskowitz and Melissa A. Guseynov
On August 31, 2016, Bankruptcy Judge Robert Mark, sitting in the Bankruptcy Court located in the Southern District of Florida, held that section 544(b) of the Bankruptcy Code permits a trustee to step into the shoes of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to avoid a transfer which occurred ten years prior to the petition date. Judge Mark held the trustee could avail himself of the IRS’s ten-year statute of limitations, rather than the three- to six-year period provided by most state statutes. Mukamal v. Citibank NA (In re Kipnis), 16-1045 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. Aug. 31, 2016).