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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 […]

Eighth Circuit Denies Like-Kind Exchange Treatment to Taxpayer Attempting to Avoid Related Party Rules of Section 1031(f)

Published: March 30th, 2015

By: Stephen R. Looney

In North Central Rental & Leasing, LLC,[1] the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the taxpayer, North Central Rental & Leasing, LLC (“North Central”) had improperly claimed non-recognition treatment under Section 1031 with respect to gains from certain property exchanges. Butler Machinery Company (“Butler Machinery”) sold agricultural, mining and construction equipment for manufacturers, primarily […]

Tax Court Denies Conservation Easement Deduction Because Property Did Not Constitute a “Qualified Real Property Interest”

Published: March 25th, 2015

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Balsam Mountain Investments, LLC,[1] the Tax Court took a very restrictive view of what qualifies as a “qualified real property interest” under Section 170(h)(2)(C), in granting summary judgment in favor of the IRS disallowing a charitable contribution deduction for a conservation easement. In 2003, Balsam Mountain Investments, LLC executed a perpetual conservation easement agreement […]

Attorney Brad Gould Speaks at American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation Meeting

Published: February 6th, 2015

By: Brad Gould

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Brad Gould – a shareholder at the law firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer recently served as a moderator and presenter at the ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting in Houston, Texas on Jan. 30. Gould moderated and presented the Current Developments Program for the S Corporation Committee. Gould practices in […]