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SCC to Decide Tax Advisor Penalty Case on July 31

What is the nature of the third-party penalty in section 163.2 of the Income Tax Act? That question will be answered by the Supreme Court of Canada when it decides the case of Guindon v. The Queen (Docket No. 35519) on Friday...more

Tax Court Voids Portion of Code Section 482 Cost Sharing Regulations

There are tax advantages for U.S. taxpayers to jointly develop intangible personal property with related non-U.S. entities. Treasury Regulations provide detailed guidance on what costs must be shared between the...more

Morristown Memorial Hospital: A Tax Exemption Ruling All Nonprofit Hospitals Need to Know About

A recent New Jersey Tax Court decision has nonprofit entities on edge. The decision may offer tax authorities the opportunity to pursue payments from nonprofit hospitals and may result in the redefining of tax exemptions by...more

Tax Court Refuses To Reweigh The Evidence, Affirming The Indiana Board Of Tax Review’s Final Determinations Of Land Value For A...

In a pair of related decisions issued July 2, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court once again emphasized that it will not reweigh the evidence on appeal from the final determinations of the Indiana Board of Tax Review....more

New Developments in Estate and Gift Tax Valuation Cases

A number of recent cases highlight particular issues in valuation of assets for purposes of the estate and gift tax. On July 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service settled Estate of Davidson v. Commissioner, T.C. Docket No....more

Tax Court Continues “New Approach” to Cost Awards

The Tax Court’s approach to cost awards has evolved significantly in recent years. The Court’s interpretation and application of the factors under subsection 147(3) and the new settlement offer rules in subsections 147(3.1)...more

Living at the Casino Does Not Make You a Professional Gambler

Professional gamblers can offset their losses from gambling against their gambling winnings. They can also deduct their other gambling expenses. Non-professionals (those not engaged in the trade or business of gambling) are...more

Commission Payments to IC-DISC Recharacterized as Non-Deductible Dividends

In Summa Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2015-119, the Tax Court recharacterized an exporter’s deductible commission payments made to an IC-DISC as non-deductible dividend payments to the exporter’s shareholders...more

Tax Court Finds that Non-Profit Hospital Does not Qualify for Property Tax Exemption

In a June 25, 2015 opinion in AHS Hospital Corp. v. Town of Morristown, Judge Bianco of the New Jersey Tax Court ruled, as a matter of first impression, that the Morristown Medical Center ("MMC"), a non-profit hospital, does...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Awards Another Whistleblowing Compliance Officer - On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award between $1.4 and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided information...more

New Judges Appointed to the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment: The Honourable Guy R. Smith, a sole practitioner in Ottawa,...more

Tax Court Shifts Burden Of Proof To Assessor But Upholds Commercial Land Assessment Based On Application Of The Indiana Guidelines

In Peters v. Boone County Assessor (May 14, 2015), Taxpayers challenged the assessment of land supporting an office building for the March 1, 2010 assessment date. The land was .16 acre, but the Assessor previously had only...more

The Assessment Of Common Area Land: Indiana Tax Court Rejects Taxpayers’ Appeals, General Assembly Creates A New Exemption

Indiana allows taxpayers to correct certain property tax assessment mistakes using a Form 133 Petition for Correction of an Error. In Muir Woods, Inc. v. Marion County Assessor (June 18, 2015), the Indiana Tax Court held...more

Using Your IRA to Buy a Business: Still a Risky Strategy

I blogged in the past about decisions in which taxpayers have used assets in their IRA to finance a new business. This structure is sometimes known as a ROBS or rollover for business startups. In 2013, the tax court held that...more

Wealth Management Update - June 2015

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

Kruger: FX Derivatives Gains/Losses Taxed Only When Realized

In Kruger Incorporated v. The Queen (2015 TCC 119), the Tax Court held that the taxpayer could not value its foreign exchange options contracts on a mark-to-market basis, with the result that certain losses were not...more

Considering converting your vacation home to a rental property, seriously?

Many people have vacation homes they’ve purchased over the years but don’t use often because life gets in the way. So what do you do when someone suggests converting that unused vacation home into a rental property that gives...more

Two New Judges Appointed to Tax Court of Canada

Two new judges have been appointed to the Tax Court of Canada. From the news release published by the Department of Justice: The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney...more

Ironside: TCC Orders Hearing of Question on Rule 58 Motion

In Ironside v. The Queen (2015 TCC 116), the Tax Court allowed the Crown’s Rule 58 motion for a determination of a question of law before the hearing, namely whether the taxpayer was estopped from litigating an issue that had...more

Plain and Simple: Maryland Tax Court Holds Insurance Company is Exempt from Corporate Income Taxes

Although taxpayers often complain that complying with the tax laws imposed by the numerous state and local taxing jurisdictions that exist in the United States is a burdensome process, many of these tax statutes also provide...more

Court Holds Taxpayer is Partner for Self-Employment Tax After Election Out Of Subchapter K

The Tax Court recently ruled that a taxpayer was liable for self employment tax based on its status as a partner, even though the partnership had elected out of the partnership tax rules....more

TCC: Unpaid Dividend Refund Is Not a Refund

A pair of recent Tax Court of Canada judgments highlight the unsustainable position taken by the CRA that a statute-barred dividend refund that cannot be recovered by the taxpayer nonetheless reduces taxpayer’s “refundable...more

FCA: TCC Erred in Awarding Costs on Basis of Pre-Appeal Conduct

The Tax Court has in recent years demonstrated a willingness to use cost awards to control the parties’ conduct. This includes awarding lump-sum amounts, which may depart markedly from the “tariff” amounts described in Tariff...more

Appeal of Tax Court Decision Focuses on Foreign Tax Credit, Tests Scope of U.S.-France Totalization Agreement

Briefing is underway in an appeal by two taxpayers—a married couple with dual citizenship in the United States and France—of a U.S. Tax Court decision denying them foreign tax credits for money they contributed to social...more

Cash Businesses Must Maintain Records

A recent Tax Court case (Kunkle v. C.I.R.) reiterates the need for cash businesses to maintain proper books and records. "Section 6662 imposes a 20% penalty upon the portion of any underpayment attributable to (among...more

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