Insult to Injury – Properly Documenting and Taking Bad-Luck Deductions

In a recent case involving taxpayers Ronnie S. Baum and Teresa K. Baum, the IRS disallowed many deductions, including deductions for theft losses and worthless securities.[1] This case is a quick and helpful reminder of some common deduction rules. Fact Summary This case relates to events occurring between years 2010 and 2019. The tax years…
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Fashion Designer Denied Research Credits

As it turns out, fashion design will not usually constitute qualified research for the purposes of qualifying for the research credit under Section 41 of the Internal Revenue Code. In a recent case from the Tax Court, taxpayer, Leon Max, failed to convince a sympathetic court that expenses related to his fashion design process should…
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Holmes v. Taxpayer: Pankratz and Unreliable Reliance

On March 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a new opinion in Pankratz v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo 2021-26. This case is a good reminder of some of the good faith and reasonable reliance rules to avoid penalties. The opinion, authored by Judge Holmes, was a typical Holmes’ opinion. It told a detailed story of the…
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Pulling Back the Curtain with the Corporate Transparency Act

After experiencing an inability to pass as a standalone bill, the Corporate Transparency Act (“Act”) now finds itself tacked to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, being passed by both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, 335-78 in the House and 84-14 in the Senate.[1] Following presidential veto, the Senate voted…
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Gifting Appreciated Stock Before Redemption – Dickinson

Introduction Generally, a taxpayer may deduct the fair market value of appreciated property donated to a qualified charitable organization.[1] This provision expands the benefits available to taxpayers with respect to charitable deductions. The result, in effect, is that a taxpayer may gift an appreciated asset in lieu of selling the asset, paying tax, and then…
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Devin Mills Joins Edmondson Sage Allen, PLLC

As of September 14, 2020, Devin Mills joins Edmondson Sage Allen, PLLC as an associate attorney. Prior to working at Edmondson Sage Allen, PLLC, Devin was an associate practicing in tax and estate planning with Baker Donelson in its Jackson, Mississippi office. Devin received his law degree from the University of Mississippi and completed his…
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The Swing of the Tax Pendulum and Planning Considerations

Here we are coming upon the fourth anniversary of the one of the most shocking nights of our country since perhaps the Battle of Saratoga and one of the largest cash outlays by our government ever known by means of the CARES Act. On the heels of these events Democrats are setting the stage to…
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Losing my Tail, Can I Deduct the Loss?

It is not uncommon for a property owner to experience a large loss on the sale of a piece of property. It is also not uncommon that an issue exists regarding character of the loss and whether the asset sold was a capital asset or a business asset used in carrying on a trade or…
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Legislative Update: Mississippi Uniform Estate Tax Apportionment Act

On July 1, 2020, the new Mississippi Uniform Estate Tax Apportionment Act went into effect under Sections 33-46 of S.B. 2851, replacing the old Uniform Estate Tax Apportionment Act under Title 27 Chapter 10 of the Mississippi Code. What does apportionment of estate taxes mean anyway? Apportionment of estate taxes is the determination and allocation…
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