Warne Case gives Insight on Valuation and Gifting

Many know the old adage of “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to gifting. According to a recent Tax Court opinion, when it comes to charitable contributions, what the recipient receives is significantly more important than what is given by the donor. Charles Allen previously discussed this issue in his article on the…
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Remote Working – From a Tax Perspective

As taxpayers are preparing their 2020 income tax returns, several will face questions related to remote working. Can they deduct employment related expenses for new furniture, new equipment, and other items to facilitate working remotely? Can they take a home office deduction? In what state(s) should they file income tax returns? These questions are nothing…
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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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IRS Issues Carried Interest Final Regulations

On January 7, 2021, the IRS issued final regulations under § 1061 of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”)[1]. These final regulations largely adopt the proposed regulations issued in July 2020[2] but contain a number of taxpayer favorable changes. As discussed below, the rules under § 1061 can apply in a number of situations such as…
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Consolidated Appropriations Act Ensures Deductibility of PPP Expenses

Introduction The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorized approximately $350 billion to fund the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The PPP was designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll via potentially forgivable loans (“PPP Loans”), assuming certain criteria were met. The Consolidated Appropriations…
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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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Is that Side Hustle a Business or Hobby?

Hobby loss tax rules of IRC § 183 are nothing new. However, there are a couple of recent developments that make the application of those rules especially relevant: Starting in 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) went into effect. Under the TCJA, taxpayers lost the ability to take miscellaneous itemized deductions. Previously, taxpayers…
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