Don’t Be SOL Because of the SOL

The federal government shutdown is stretching into week four, and there is no end in sight. The shutdown has affected all federal agencies and courts, including the United States Tax Court. One question raised by the shutdown is what effect does it have on Tax Court filing deadlines? The question is important because statutory filing…
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Lock It in Now: Deduction for Alimony Set to Expire After 12/31/18

Lock It in Now: Deduction for Alimony Set to Expire After 12/31/18 As part of the Tax Cut & Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”), Congress included provisions to repeal the deduction of alimony under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) § which called for a corresponding inclusion of alimony in the income of the recipient where such…
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Wendell Falls Again: Taxpayer Denied Second Bite at Easement

Original Tax Court Opinion I have previously written about the case of Wendell Falls Development, LLC v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo 2018-45. In that case, the Tax Court denied a charitable conservation easement deduction relating to a 125-acre parcel that was part of a total 1,280-acre development outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. I noted that the…
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IRS Addresses Estate and Gift Tax Exemption “Claw-back”

Overview As of November 23, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published proposed regulations providing some valuable guidance with respect to the upcoming sunset of the increased estate and gift tax exemption in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). With the TCJA, the estate tax exemption amount was increased from $5.49 Million to $11.18…
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The Fight Against Secret Tax Law

One of the most difficult aspects of state and local tax practice is the lack of publicly available guidance addressing a client’s situation. One potentially rich source of guidance are orders issued by administrative tribunals in taxpayer appeals. These orders are similar in form and function to judicial opinions. Unlike judicial opinions, however, these orders…
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High Stakes 1031 Goes Bust: Exelon

Background In a recent case out of the Seventh Circuit, a large corporate taxpayer lost a involving three like-kind transactions under IRC 1031. Applying the substance over form doctrine, the Court upheld the imposedtax liability of approximately $437,000,000 and accuracy related penalties under IRC 6662(a) of approximately $87,000,000. In this case, Exelon Corporation (“Exelon”) sold…
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IRS Continues Aggressive Stance on Charitable Contributions

Overview In a recent Tax Court decision handed down in a Memorandum opinion, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) showed that it will continue to be aggressive in denying charitable deductions for transactions they might view as taking abuse of the charitable deduction available under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) §170. In Chrem v. Comm’r, TC Memo…
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Melasky: When the Levy Breaks

Last week the Tax Court handed down its opinion in Melasky v. Comm’r, 151 T.C. 9 (Oct. 10, 2018). The important issue in Melasky relates to the application of the proceeds of a levy. Four days prior to the date the levy was made, the taxpayer hand-delivered a check to the IRS and properly designated…
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