Taxing, Briefly
Charitable Contribution

Charitable Contributions – Part Two: Other Considerations

In our previous post, we took a high level look at charitable contributions and deductions, including looking at what made an organization “qualified” to receive charitable contributions, when deductions might be limited, and special rules for valuing and reporting non-cash charitable contributions. In this post, we will dig a little bit deeper and look at some issues that might affect the deductibility of a contribution. The Green Settee As we discussed in the first article,

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Taxing, Briefly
Charitable Contributions

Charitable Contributions – Part One: Basic Concepts for Charitable Deductions

Your grandmother Phyllis was a remarkable woman. Aside from making it out on the other side of Uncle Bill’s childhood with only moderate shell shock (which, I suppose, is referred to these days as PTSD), Phyllis was an intelligence agent in the United States Army towards the end of World War II, and you could remember her saying that, despite as “intelligent” as she may have been in the Army’s estimation, her good genes weren’t

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Charitable Contributions

Montgomery-Alabama River, LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-62)

On May 17, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Montgomery-Alabama River, LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-62). The primary issue presented in Montgomery-Alabama River was whether the Tax Court should certify (to the Alabama Supreme Court) the question of whether, under Alabama law, the petitioner would be entitled to the full proceeds of any sale if the easement were extinguished. Basic Legal Framework The governing regulation requires that the

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Books and Records

Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50). The primary issue presented in Chancellor was whether the IRS erred in disallowing deductions the petitioner claimed for certain business expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local tax. Brief Background Ms. Viola Chancellor, of Nevada, is a notary and a paralegal.  In 2015, she received $400 from her duties as such.  She reported a

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Charitable Contributions

A Deep Dive into Conservation Easements

If a taxpayer makes a charitable contribution of property other than money, the amount of the contribution is generally equal to the FMV of the property at the time the gift is made.[1] However, the Code restricts a taxpayer’s charitable contribution deduction for the donation of an interest in property that consists of less than the taxpayer’s entire interest in such property.[2] There is an exception to this entire interest rule for a “qualified conservation

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Accuracy Related Penalty

Chiarelli v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-27)

On March 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chiarelli v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-27). The primary issues presented in Chiarelli were whether the petitioner was entitled to noncash charitable contribution deductions for the years at issue and whether the petitioner was liable for the IRC § 6662(a) accuracy-related penalties for 2012 and 2013. Incomplete Form 8283 The petitioner inherited valuable property from his late mother, had the items

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Charitable Contributions

Pankratz v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-26)

On March 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pankratz v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-26). The primary issue presented in Pankratz was whether the failure to attach appraisals can be due to reasonable cause when a taxpayer admits that he did not review his tax returns before filing. Introductory Notes: I cannot say for sure whether the return preparers were actually the fire chief and the village idiot, but

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Charitable Contributions – Part Two: Other Considerations

In our previous post, we took a high level look at charitable contributions and deductions, including looking at what made an organization “qualified” to receive charitable contributions, when deductions might be limited, and special rules for valuing and reporting non-cash charitable contributions. In this post, we will dig a little

Read More »

Montgomery-Alabama River, LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-62)

On May 17, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Montgomery-Alabama River, LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-62). The primary issue presented in Montgomery-Alabama River was whether the Tax Court should certify (to the Alabama Supreme Court) the question of whether, under Alabama law, the

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Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50)

On May 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chancellor v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-50). The primary issue presented in Chancellor was whether the IRS erred in disallowing deductions the petitioner claimed for certain business expenses, charitable contributions, and state and local tax. Brief

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A Deep Dive into Conservation Easements

If a taxpayer makes a charitable contribution of property other than money, the amount of the contribution is generally equal to the FMV of the property at the time the gift is made.[1] However, the Code restricts a taxpayer’s charitable contribution deduction for the donation of an interest in property

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Chiarelli v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-27)

On March 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Chiarelli v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-27). The primary issues presented in Chiarelli were whether the petitioner was entitled to noncash charitable contribution deductions for the years at issue and whether the petitioner was liable for

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Pankratz v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-26)

On March 3, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Pankratz v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-26). The primary issue presented in Pankratz was whether the failure to attach appraisals can be due to reasonable cause when a taxpayer admits that he did not review his

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