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IRS’s Informal S Corporation No-Rule List Includes Three New Items

Published: March 16th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

A taxpayer may, for a fee, request a written letter ruling from the IRS interpreting and applying tax laws to the taxpayer’s represented set of facts. However, there are some issues in which the IRS will not issue a letter ruling. Taxpayers should note that the IRS has recently added three new issues to its […]

Reverse Like-Kind Exchange Qualifies For Section 1031 Non-Recognition Treatment

Published: November 16th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Bartell v. Comm’r,[1] the Tax Court held that a reverse like-kind exchange made by a drug store chain which did not qualify for the safe harbor under Rev. Proc. 2000-37,[2] still qualified for non-recognition treatment under Section 1031. The Revenue Procedure was inapplicable because the replacement property was purchased before the publication of the […]

Tax Court Finds Compensation Paid to Shareholder-Employees Reasonable

Published: July 28th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Johnson, Inc.,[1] the Tax Court held that the amounts paid to the shareholder-employees of a C corporation constituted reasonable compensation deductible under Section 162 and that amounts paid by the taxpayer-corporation to an entity controlled by two of its shareholders was deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense under Section 162. Facts of […]

Compensation to Law Firm Shareholder-Employees Disallowed by Tax Court

Published: March 17th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Brinks,[1] the Tax Court once again applied the independent investor test to recharacterize compensation paid by a professional corporation, a law firm, to its shareholder-employees as nondeductible dividend distributions, and held the corporation liable for accuracy-related penalties for mischaracterizing the dividends as deductible compensation. This case should serve as a warning for many mid-size […]

Court Finds Shareholder Liable in Recent Midco Transaction

Published: January 15th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Tricarichi,1 the Tax Court held that the sole shareholder of a corporation was liable as a transferee for the corporation’s unpaid tax liability after he sold his stock in a “Midco” transaction, resulting in a tax deficiency of $15,186,570 and penalties of $6,012,777 under Section 6901 and Ohio fraudulent transfer laws. The taxpayer was […]

Tax Court Holds that Sale of Real Property Resulted in Ordinary Income Rather than Capital Gain

Published: August 26th, 2015

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Fargo,[1] the Tax Court held that a couple had ordinary income from a property sale by a partnership in which they were partners because the property was sold in the ordinary course of business.  The taxpayer, husband and wife, were partners in Girard Development, L.P. (GDLP), an entity subject to the partnership procedures under […]

Circular Flow of Funds in Back-to-Back Loan Transactions May Give Rise to Basis under Section 1366(d)(1)(B)

Published: April 17th, 2015

By: Stephen R. Looney

At the ABA Tax Section S Corporations meeting held in Houston, Texas, on 1/30/2015, government officials defended their decision not to include in the final Section 1366 and Section 1367 S corporation back-to-back loan regulations an example on loan restructurings involving a circular flow of funds.  The statement was made in a panel presentation at […]

Tax Court Recharacterizes Portion of Bonus Paid to Physician as Nondeductible Dividend

Published: April 7th, 2015

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Midwest Eye Center, S.C.,[1] the Tax Court held that $1 million of a $2 million bonus paid to the physician sole shareholder of a personal service corporation was a non-deductible dividend distribution. Under the facts of the case, the taxpayer, a C corporation, conducted an ophthalmology surgery and care center during the tax years at […]