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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Tax Court Scolds IRS for Talking Out of Many Mouths But Rules in Their Favor

In a recent Tax Court Memorandum opinion, the Court was not too pleased with the operations and the administrative proceedings of the IRS involving Notices of Deficiency issued to a taxpayer. The taxpayer represented himself and was subjected to a confusing series of communications with the IRS causing the Court to sympathize with the taxpayer in…
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My Favorite Presentation from Heckerling

I was fortunate enough to attend the 54th annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando. Heckerling is known worldwide for being one of the most innovative and informative estate planning conferences put on. The topics are always relevant and timely, and there are always some new and innovative planning techniques and ideas presented. Additionally,…
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The Secure Act: Changes to the RMD Rules of Inherited Retirement Accounts

On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (Secure) Act into law as part of the year-end spending bill. The Secure Act (the “Act”) goes into effect on January 1, 2020 and makes a host of changes to retirement plan laws. Among these changes are significant changes to…
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Democratic Presidential Candidates: Tax Plans

As the race for the Democratic nomination for President heats up and the first primary election taking place in just 3 months, candidates have begun to release more details about their proposed tax plans.  While these proposed plans will undoubtedly evolve and change over time and are of course subject to being passed by Congress,…
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