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IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

In Notice 2017-10, the Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance on syndicated conservation easement transactions presumed to be used as tax shelters. This addition to the “listed transactions” under Section...more

Are you paying your children too much to work in the family business? The IRS might think so.

A United States Tax Court recently issued a decision after trial that should serve as a reminder to management and controlling shareholders of family-owned businesses that salaries or other compensation paid to family-member...more

Charitable Contributions: Acknowledgements, Appraisals and the IRS's Strict Rules: Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

Tax season has begun, and it is crucial for any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution deduction to be aware of the acknowledgment rules. Before the taxpayer files a tax return claiming a charitable deduction of $250 or...more

Receiver Put in the Same Shoes as Underlying Taxpayer under Claim of Right Claim

At times, a taxpayer may receive and report income, and then in a later year have to return the income item. Depending on the circumstances, this could give rise to a deduction in the later year under Code §§162 or 165 under...more

House Republican Health Care Bill: Good News for Health Insurance Executives

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that is often-overlooked by the media, but has impacted the ability of insurers and their non-insurance related entities, in their role as employers, to take tax deductions for certain...more

Strict Charitable Contribution Substantiation Requirements Trip Up Another Taxpayer

Taxpayers making contributions to charities that seek a charitable deduction have a myriad of reporting and receipt requirements to comply with. Code §170(f)(12) imposes additional requirements as to contributions of motor...more

IRS Updates Golden Parachute Audit Guide

This is our first of many alerts during 2017 as the new administration signals the rollback of many regulations (e.g., fiduciary rules and pay ratio). We will keep you posted. In January 2017, the Internal Revenue...more

Section 162(m) Compliance Reminder

Compensation paid by a publicly-traded corporation to its Chief Executive Officer and three other highest compensated officers (other than the Principal Financial Officer) is generally not tax deductible to the extent the...more

You Lost Your Case to the IRS: Are Accountant and Lawyer Fees Deductible?

Section 212(3) of the Internal Revenue Code [Code] provides in pertinent part: “In case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a deduction all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year...more

Change is Coming: A Look at Trump and Republican Tax Proposals

Tax reform is coming, and you better be ready. Regardless of how you voted in November, the United States will have a new president Friday and the Republican Party will be in control of both houses of Congress....more

Loans Between Related Entities

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2017, and the reduced rates reflect...more

Tax Truths: Volume 1, No. 2 – December 2016

AN ANALYSIS OF TAX LAW PROPOSALS OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE HOUSE - President-elect Trump made tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for fewer tax brackets, lower individual rates, and reduced corporate tax...more

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top...more

The IRS and Courts Weigh in on the Deductibility of Fines and Penalties - Tax Update, Volume 2016, Issue 3

Taxpayers who make payments in conjunction with a forfeiture action should attempt to understand the characterization of a payment to see if the specific payment can avoid being treated as a fine or penalty. Originally...more

Claiming Vehicle Expenses… Keep a Record!

Recently, a CPA lost his own business automobile deduction case in the U.S. Tax Court. The CPA had deducted business automobile expenses based on calculations from an after the fact MapQuest and not a contemporaneous diary...more

What Kind of Tax Changes Can We Expect From Trump's Presidency?

The tears have not yet dried for some, and the celebrating is not yet over for others, but let's turn our attention to taxes. With a Republican Congress and a Republican president, some measure of tax relief is a given. What...more

Substantiation of Charitable Donations

As we enter the giving season and begin making charitable contributions it is important to remember that some gifts require more than just the act of giving to qualify for a charitable tax deduction. For monetary...more

Looking over the edge of the Cliff - The Use of Pooled Income Funds to Reduce the Taxation of Offshore Repatriated Carried...

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must...more

Updated Historical Transfer Tax Rates & Exemptions

Please see chart below for more information....more

Recent Tax Court Case Rules on Treatment of Madoff Account

In a recent Tax Court decision, Harry H. Falk, and Steven P. Heller, Co-Executors, v. Commissioner of the Internal Revenue, the United States Tax Court ruled that in the case of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, an estate which paid...more

Tax Complications of a $1 Billion Dollar Net Operating Loss

Recently, The New York Times shared information that presidential candidate, Donald Trump, declared a loss of $916 million on his 1995 income tax returns. In response, there has been much speculation that Donald Trump may...more

IRS Agrees that Domestic Partners Are Entitled to Full Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

The IRS recently released guidance indicating that it will follow the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Voss v. Commissioner, 796 F.3d 1051 (9th Cir. 2015), acquiescing to the Ninth Circuit’s opinion that unmarried domestic partners...more

Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

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

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