Income Tax Issues
Aunt Ethel

The Claim of Right Doctrine and Illegally Obtained Funds

The Claim of Right Doctrine and Cousin Jethro After your Uncle Bill’s unfortunate forklift incident, mentioned here and here, you were surprised to hear that Bill’s idiot boy Jethro got a job at the tannery, especially in light of his somewhat checkered past and run-ins with the law. The more you learn about Jethro’s new job, however, the more it makes sense. Unbeknownst to you, the tanneries of New England are run by a group

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Applicable Partnership Interest

Effect of the Build Back Better Act on Corporate and Partnership Taxation

On September 15, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code through the Build Back Better Act, which proposals, if ultimately passed, will have a significant effect on the taxation of corporations and partnerships. We discussed the changes proposed to affect estate and gift taxation in an earlier article. In this article we explore the effect of the Build Back Better Act on corporate and partnership taxation.

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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

Torres v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-66)

On June 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Torres v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-66). The issues presented in Torres were whether the petitioner was entitled to reduce his flowthrough income from his wholly owned S corporation for a theft loss deduction pursuant to IRC § 165. Background As of 2016, the petitioner was illiterate—whether because of an illness or because he didn’t ascribe much to them book learnings,

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Income Tax Issues
Al Capone

The Deductibility of Criminal Restitution & The Claim of Right Doctrine

You have made it a habit to screen your calls, even since your mother gave Uncle Bill your direct line at work. Sure enough, 5:59 PM rolls around, and you have one foot physically out of your office door when your phone rings. Mother of all that is good and holy… As you put your briefcase down in the doorway and slowly amble back to your desk, you are at once relieved that it is

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Income Tax Issues
Capital Expenditures

Deducting Legal and Professional Fees

Income tax deductions are rather like hard truths. A client may not want to hear that an item is not deductible, but you know in your heart of hearts that you cannot, in good conscience, advise them otherwise. No doctor relishes the prospect of telling a patient that he is terminal. Often met with a similar grief-stricken reaction, explaining to a client that the “big ticket” deduction that they wanted to claim (or in my

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Income Tax Issues
Abandonment

Reckless (albeit Tax Conscious) Abandonment under IRC § 165

Uncle Bill is somewhat of a hoarder.  In truth, the only thing that he has ever abandoned was his first wife…in a Waffle House at 2:15 AM on the outskirts of Norman, Oklahoma. In Bill’s defense, she had tried to stab him. In her defense, he probably deserved it. When Bill comes to you to chat about IRC § 165 losses—so-called “abandonment” losses—you know he has some hairbrained scheme in his head to stick it

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The Claim of Right Doctrine and Illegally Obtained Funds

The Claim of Right Doctrine and Cousin Jethro After your Uncle Bill’s unfortunate forklift incident, mentioned here and here, you were surprised to hear that Bill’s idiot boy Jethro got a job at the tannery, especially in light of his somewhat checkered past and run-ins with the law. The more

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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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Torres v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-66)

On June 2, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Torres v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-66). The issues presented in Torres were whether the petitioner was entitled to reduce his flowthrough income from his wholly owned S corporation for a theft loss deduction pursuant to

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Deducting Legal and Professional Fees

Income tax deductions are rather like hard truths. A client may not want to hear that an item is not deductible, but you know in your heart of hearts that you cannot, in good conscience, advise them otherwise. No doctor relishes the prospect of telling a patient that he is

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