The Marital Partnership, the Joint Return, and the Non-Disregarded Entity

When husband and wife own a partnership together, a common misconception is that because a joint return is filed for the husband and wife, the partnership can be treated as a disregarded entity and not have to file its own return. Unfortunately for some, it is sometimes realized after the reliance on this erroneous fact,…
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Alaska Supreme Court Takes a Wack at their Domestic Asset Protection Trust Statutes

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that Alaska does not have exclusive jurisdiction to hear claims of whether conveyances to an Alaska domestic asset protection trust (“DAPT”) were fraudulent transfers. In Toni 1 Trust v. Wacker, 2018 WL 1125033 (Alaska, Mar. 2, 2018), as judgments were being entered against them, Bertran and Barbara Tangwall transferred Montana…
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Equity, Equity, Debt! No wait, BAD DEBT!

Yet again, a taxpayer loses for not properly and contemporaneously documenting his intentions. Here is  another lesson on the importance of properly documenting loans (i.e. don’t just “book” as loans but have written loan documents contemporaneous with the advance). Mr. Burke made a number of advances to a business operated by his friend.  Although the…
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Unlocking the HELOC Interest Deductions: Clarifications from the IRS

The IRS published an Information Release on February 21, 2018 clarifying that certain home loan mortgage interest deductions many thought were lost under the new tax act may still be deductible. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”), which was enacted on December 22, 2017, suspends from 2018 until 2026, any deduction for…
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New website!

It has been a project, but we are happy to announce our website is finally up and going. We intend to add more content regularly.