Income Tax Issues
Deductions

Clary Hood Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-15)

On March 2, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clary Hood Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-15). The primary issue presented in Clary Hood Inc. was the amount the petitioner may deduct under IRC § 162(a)(1) as reasonable compensation paid to its chief executive officer (CEO) and shareholder Clary L. Hood (Mr. Hood) during the years at issue. Background to Clary Hood Inc. v. Commissioner According to Judge Greaves

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Income Tax Issues
Accrual Method Accounting

Hoops LP v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-9)

On February 23, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Hoops LP v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-9). The primary issues presented in Hoops LP v. Commissioner were whether partnership was entitled to deduct deferred compensation owed to two of its basketball franchise’s players, and whether the partnership was required to take into account the amount of its deferred compensation liability for players when computing its taxable gain or loss from

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Income Tax Issues
Books and Records

Safaryan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-138)

On December 13, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Safaryan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-138). The primary issue presented in Safaryan was whether the petitioners were entitled to deduct certain Schedule C expenses for car and truck expenses, travel expenses, and “other” expenses. Held: Not so much. Background to Safaryan v. Commissioner In 2012 or 2013 the petitioner-husband purchased 10 acres of property in Newberry Springs, California. The property

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Income Tax Issues
Accuracy Related Penalty

Leyh v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 7)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Leyh v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 7. The primary issue presented in Leyh was whether the petitioner was entitled to deduct, as alimony, an amount equal to the premiums paid to provide health insurance coverage for his then spouse Held:  Yes, sir. Background to Leyh v. Commissioner In 2012, the petitioner in Leyh v. Commissioner, Mr. Leyh, filed for divorce from his then wife, Ms.

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Income Tax Issues
Deductions

Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104)

On August 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104). The primary issues presented in Estate of Morgan were whether the petitioners (1) are entitled to deductions claimed on Schedule C for expenses incurred by Falcon, LLC (Falcon), and Falcon Legacy, LLC (Legacy); (2) are entitled to a net operating loss deduction attributable to an alleged NOL carryover from tax years 2010

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Income Tax Issues
Accuracy Related Penalty

Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93)

On July 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93). The primary issues presented in Vennes were whether the petitioner was entitled to passthrough theft loss deductions for 2008, and whether the petitioner was liable for the accuracy‑related penalty pursuant to IRC § 6662(a). A Checkered Past In 1990, the petitioner completed a prison sentence for money laundering, narcotics, and firearms offenses. After his

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Income Tax Issues
Deductions

Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80)

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80). The primary issue presented in Geiman was whether the petitioner was a tax “itinerant” or whether he had a tax home, for purposes of unreimbursed business expenses. Background The petitioner is a union electrician who spent most of 2013 on jobs in various parts of Wyoming and Colorado. He claimed on his 2013 Federal

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Clary Hood Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-15)

On March 2, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clary Hood Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-15). The primary issue presented in Clary Hood Inc. was the amount the petitioner may deduct under IRC § 162(a)(1) as reasonable compensation paid to its chief executive

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Hoops LP v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-9)

On February 23, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Hoops LP v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-9). The primary issues presented in Hoops LP v. Commissioner were whether partnership was entitled to deduct deferred compensation owed to two of its basketball franchise’s players, and whether

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Safaryan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-138)

On December 13, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Safaryan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-138). The primary issue presented in Safaryan was whether the petitioners were entitled to deduct certain Schedule C expenses for car and truck expenses, travel expenses, and “other” expenses. Held:

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Leyh v. Commissioner (157 T.C. No. 7)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Leyh v. Commissioner, 157 T.C. No. 7. The primary issue presented in Leyh was whether the petitioner was entitled to deduct, as alimony, an amount equal to the premiums paid to provide health insurance coverage for his then spouse

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Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104)

On August 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Morgan v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-104). The primary issues presented in Estate of Morgan were whether the petitioners (1) are entitled to deductions claimed on Schedule C for expenses incurred by Falcon, LLC

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Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93)

On July 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Vennes v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-93). The primary issues presented in Vennes were whether the petitioner was entitled to passthrough theft loss deductions for 2008, and whether the petitioner was liable for the accuracy‑related penalty

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Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80)

On June 30, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Geiman v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-80). The primary issue presented in Geiman was whether the petitioner was a tax “itinerant” or whether he had a tax home, for purposes of unreimbursed business expenses. Background The

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