Start Up Capitalized Costs or Deductible Business Expenses?

When starting a new business, an important consideration to is to determine at what point expenses become deductible as a business expense under §162[1] as opposed to being classified as startup expenditures which must be amortized over 15 years under §195[2]? In general, expenses eligible to be deducted as an ordinary and necessary expense of…
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Non-profit Corporation Denied S Corporation Election

In a recent Tax Court opinion, the Court granted the IRS’ motion for summary judgment holding that a state law Nonprofit corporation could not election to be treated as S corporation for federal income tax purposes.[1] Clinton Deckard attempted to make an S election for Waterfront Fashion Week, Inc., a Nonprofit corporation organized under the…
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Lessons to be Learned in Company Loans to Family Members

In a recent opinion out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Court upheld the Tax Court’s ruling that cash payments made from a family owned company to the son of the founder were not bona fide debts, and thus not deductible as bad debt expenses.[1] Additionally, the Court sided…
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Nelson: Formula Clauses and Getting Exactly What You Ask

It’s common knowledge among tax practitioners that the IRS is not a fan of formula gift clauses that attempt to pin the amount of the gift to a dollar figure such that the actual gift is adjusted in the event of a successful valuation challenge by the IRS.[1] However, in a recent Tax Court case,…
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Mississippi Adopts Much Needed Updates to Estate, Trust, and Probate Laws

The Mississippi Legislature made some sweeping changes to Mississippi laws governing estates and trusts, as well as one significant change to real property law. With the passage of S.B. 2850 and S.B. 2851, Mississippi is set to get some much needed updates in these areas of law. Both bills were signed by the governor and…
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Tax Court Denies Deduction for Business Expenses of Operating a Marijuana Dispensary

In a recent opinion, the Tax Court held that business expenses of a medical marijuana dispensary in California were not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Richmond Patients Group (“Richmond”) sought to deduct its business expenses including compensation to officers, wages, rent, taxes and licenses, and other business related expenses, but the Tax Court denied the…
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