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"Recent Court of Appeals Decision Provides Hope for Taxpayers Fighting for Congressionally Sanctioned Tax Benefits"

For the second time in just over a year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the United States Tax Court and affirmed the right of a taxpayer to structure its affairs in a manner that takes into account...more

Tax Court Puts Brakes on Recent Trend Limiting Religious/Non-Profit Exemptions

In a recent tax court case, Holy Trinity Baptist Church v. City of Trenton (Docket No. 015909-2014, February 2, 2017), the court overturned the findings of the County Board of Taxation and upheld the tax exemption for...more

Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward

Most estate tax practitioners will tell you estate tax it is all about valuation when assets are other than cash and marketable securities. The estate tax case of the Michael Jackson estate is an ideal demonstration. Tax...more

Failure to file an objection timeously

Any taxpayer who is aggrieved by an assessment raised by South African Revenue Service (SARS) has a right to lodge an objection in terms of section 104(3) of the Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011 (the TAA) read with the Rules...more

IRA Owner Taxed on Distribution, Even Though Funds Were Improperly Rolled into IRA

A deceased husband's IRA was incorrectly rolled over into an IRA of his widow, instead of being paid to his estate. The widow then distributed funds from the IRA to her stepson....more

30% Penalty Is Not an Excessive Fine

So says the Tax Court in the recent decision involving the 30% penalty imposed under Code §6662A(c). The penalty can be imposed if a taxpayer fails to adequately disclose a reportable transaction giving rise to an...more

Real Property Tax Alert - October 2016

Nassau County Class 4 Commercial Property – Disputed Assessment Fund (“DAF”) Started with October 2016 School Bill - All Class 4 commercial properties have been impacted by the increase in the school tax rate...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Winter 2017

On September 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument in Nutmeg Housing Development Corp. v. Colchester. On the face of it, the ad valorem valuation of a garden variety property in the suburbanizing Town...more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

Children, Taxes, and Divorce

In many family law settlements, whether they are obtained voluntarily through an agreement or the result of litigation ending in a court order, certain provisions are made for minor children, including the support of the...more

Online Travel Company Did Not Owe Indiana Sales And Innkeeper’s Taxes For Facilitating Rental Of Hotel Rooms

In Orbitz LLC v. Indiana Department of State Revenue (Dec. 20, 206), the Indiana Tax Court characterized the key issue as “whether the Department erred in issuing sales and innkeeper’s tax assessments against Orbitz based on...more

Who Is The Taxpayer?

Back to Basics - This is not a silly question. In fact, it is often one of the most difficult issues confronted by a tax adviser, and it arises from one of the most basic of tax principles; specifically, that income is...more

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Classification Of An Apartment Complex’s Common Area, Modifying Application Of The 2% V. 3% Tax Caps

The Tax Court in Hamilton Square Investment, LLC v Hamilton County Assessor (Oct. 5, 2016) explained, “Indiana’s property tax caps provide taxpayers with credits against their Indiana property tax liabilities” and the “amount...more

Indiana Tax Court Declines To Dismiss Property Tax Appeal Where Trust Failed To Timely File Administrative Record

On December 30, 2016, in Lake County Trust Co., Trust No. 6 (Flowers for Heaven, Inc.) v. St. Joseph County Assessor, the Indiana Tax Court allowed a property tax appeal to move forward on the merits, even though the Trust...more

Indiana Tax Court Affirms Assessment Reductions For Retail Property Used As CVS

In Monroe County Assessor v. SCP 2007-C-26-002, LLC a/k/a CVS 3195-02 (Nov. 4, 2016), the Indiana Tax Court affirmed the 2009 – 2013 assessment reductions of a 13,000 square foot retail store operated as a CVS. During the...more

For What Does It Profit A Man To Save His Partnership Yet Forfeit His Ability To Pay His Taxes?

According to statistical data released by the IRS earlier this year, the examination rate for partnership tax returns has been increasing significantly over the last couple of years; of course, this includes returns filed by...more

Tax Litigation Update – Fall 2016

Tax Court Denies Commissioner’s Motion to Compel After Predictive Coding Used to Identify Responsive Documents - On July 13, 2016, Judge Ronald Buch of the Tax Court denied the Commissioner’s motion to compel Dynamo...more

506913 N.B. Ltd.: Jarndyce v. Jarndyce Revisited

On a procedural motion in 506913 N.B. Ltd. v. The Queen (2016 TCC 286), the Tax Court ordered the Respondent to answer all questions refused on discovery, reattend at a further discovery, and pay the Appellant’s costs on the...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2016

December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Fair Warning: Artwork, Private Foundations, and Self-Dealing

The weekend has ended and Art Basel – Miami 2016 has concluded. To many U.S. taxpayers, it’s just another Monday, but to serious collectors who attended this vibrant art fair focused on contemporary paintings and sculptures,...more

Burden of Proof Issues in Gift Tax Matter

A recent case illustrates 3 important burden of proof issues. The general facts of the case involved a merger of a company owned by parents with a company owned by children. The gift tax issue involved the relative value...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

South Carolina Department of Revenue Audit Appeals

Once the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) completes an audit of a taxpayer, if there are any proposed adjustments and additional taxes SCDOR seeks, it will issue to the taxpayer a proposed notice of assessment...more

Private Ruling Exempts Property Management Services from Self-Dealing

A new private ruling may be of great interest to clients with substantial real estate interests who wish to contribute one or more properties to a family foundation. The ruling suggests that payment by the foundation to a...more

Renewed Perils from “Zeroing Out” a Corporation at Year-End

Physicians who are involved in the financial management of their practices are all too familiar with the year-end scramble to “zero out” the corporation’s profits. Under this technique, a physician practice that is structured...more

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