IRS Leaves $155.5 Million Lump of Coal for Faulty Easement Deed

On October 28, 2019, the Tax Court released its opinion in Coal Property Holdings, LLC v. Comm’r, 153 T.C. No. 7 (2019). This case comes at a sensitive time of year where deadlines are looming in order to file conservation deeds to qualify for the deduction under Section 170(h), relating to qualified conservation contributions, for…
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Tales from the Crypto: Rev. Rul. 2019-24 and New FAQs Released by IRS

On October 9, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released its latest buzzkill, Rev. Rul. 2019-24, answering questions involving hard forks of cryptocurrency, which, as explained more below, is where a new type of cryptocurrency is created and there is a permanent diversion from legacy currency or existing distributed ledger. In conjunction with the release…
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IRS Stirring the Pot Again with Micro-Captives: Settlements Announced

On September 16, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS“) announced that it would be mailing settlement offers for certain taxpayers under audit who participated in “abusive” micro-captive insurance transactions. The micro-captive transactions were listed as a transaction of interest by the IRS back in 2016. Section 2 of Notice 2016-66 described the transaction itself as…
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The Sale of a Business Part 4: Definitive Agreements

One of the more common engagements for our firm is to assist with business sales and acquisitions. This article is the third in a series of articles which will walk through and generally discuss the steps typically associated with the sale of a business. In Part 1, we discussed the breakdown of the business, the…
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Shady Tax Shelter Promoters: The Ballad of Mr. Combs

It is helpful to remind taxpayers now and then that there do exist plenty of bad-apple advisors out there. Quite often, we at ESD find ourselves helping our clients wind-down, mitigate, and stop erroneous positions and planning put into by place by such bad-apple advisors. Our firm has even assisted in defending audits and tax…
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What is Going On? Mid-Term AFR is Less Than Short-Term! Here is Why.

For a few months, the short and mid-term applicable federal rates have been on the heels of one another. These rates ride with treasury rates and the economy in general. For some reason, here lately the mid-term rates have been lower on occasion than the short-term rates. I even caught myself thinking, is this a…
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A Reminder in the Basics: Timely Mailing is Timely Filing

Timely mailing is timely filing. Seriously, it is. In the case of Curtiss T. Williams, we are reminded of how important it is to ensure compliance and maintain proof of compliance with the mailbox rule of the Internal Revenue Code. While really just a mundane case of a taxpayer getting his petition dismissed due to late filing,…
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Sixth Circuit Clarifies Substance Over Form Doctrine in “MidCo” Case

After the Summa Holdings case, the substance over form doctrine was left with a significant black eye by the Sixth Circuit. On May 15, 2019, the Sixth Circuit, upheld a transferee liability claim against shareholders of a Tennessee corporation while also clarifying its holding is Summa Holdings. While the Summa Holdings discussion is certainly interesting, the…
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