Charitable Issues

Nonqualified Disclaimers to a Charity as a Planning Technique

After your exceedingly long discussion with Uncle Bill a few weeks ago regarding his FBAR filing requirements, there has been total radio silence between you and Bill—not that you mind it in the least bit. The first day of fall came and went, but apparently no one told Florida. It was 85° outside on September 22nd, and though a discolored oak leaf fell onto the hood of your car, you suspected that it was the

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Tax Articles

A Deep Dive into Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements have caused quite a bit of a stir at the Tax Court in recent years.  Misunderstandings of the requirements and creativity (and greed) in drafting the easements has led to conservation easements earning a persona non grata status amongst the IRS and Tax Court judges, alike.  In this article, we examine the nuts and bolts of conservation easements and take you on a deep dive of the Code and Treasury Regulations related thereto. Introduction

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Deducting Charitable Contributions from a Trust that Does not Permit Charitable Contributions

Uncle Bill comes to your office in a bit of a tizzy with two beers in one hand and three notices from the IRS in the other.  Unbeknownst to you, he wants to discuss deducting charitable contributions from a trust that doesn’t, technically, permit charitable contributions.  Although you are not unaccustomed to his unannounced visits, they are nevertheless jarring at 7:15 on a Tuesday morning. You note that Aunt Ethel recently explained that Bill has

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Bad News Regarding Religious Tax Exemptions: Peyote is not a “Sacrament”

You can fault Cousin Jedediah for many things—many things—but charisma is not amongst them. It turns out that Jed has developed something of a following. He assures you that it is not a cult, which you have to imagine are the first words out of every cult leader’s mouth when questioned about it. Having drank Jed’s Kool-Aid, the members of his new religious “order” follow him around like willing lambs, but they have made musings

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Tax Articles

Substantiation of Charitable Contributions Under DEFRA

The deductibility of a charitable contribution depends on the donor-taxpayer meeting several conditions, which conditions are determined by the size and type of contribution.  The larger the contribution, the more stringent the documentation and substantiation that is needed.[1]  With respect to non-cash donations, the amount of the contribution is generally equal to the fair market value of the property at the time of contribution.[2] Determining the FMV, however, is the factor that taxpayers so often

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No Charitable Exemption for Medical Marijuana Nonprofits

Uncle Bill is a child of the Sixties. He is told you the story many a time how the lead singer for the Zombies stole his Beatle boots when they played at Old Orchard Beach the summer when he was 17. When Bill calls you out of the blue to discuss a hypothetical charitable exemption for medical marijuana nonprofits, you assume his interest is more than simply academic. After all, as Bill describes it, he

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No Charitable Exemption for an Organization Formed to Support One Individual

Explaining the most simple tax concepts to Uncle Bill is a task requiring herculean patience.  Explaining why there will be no charitable exemption for an organization formed to support one individual, even if said individual is his current favorite son, Leroy, left you with a deficit of patience that will not be soon refilled. Background Cousin Leroy is not entirely sure what happened. From what he can remember before he blacked out, he turned the

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McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116). The primary issue presented in McCrory was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office’s rejections of the petitioner’s claims were unsupported by the administrative record and were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse

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Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115)

On September 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115). The primary issue presented in Gregory was whether the claimed deductions permitted under IRC § 183(b) for activities not engaged in for profit are not subject to the 2%

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A Primer on Employment Tax Withholding

When the IRS is involved, monetary transactions are never as simple as they appear on the surface. The late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg once told a story about being given a receipt after buying a doughnut. I bought a doughnut, and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I

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Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114)

On September 28, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114). The primary issue presented in Clark was whether the petitioner fraudulently underreported his income. Held:  Oh, dear God.  The fraud! The Tax Court’s Summary of the Issue in Clark

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Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113)

On September 27, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113). The primary issues presented in Whistleblower 14377-16W were whether the whistleblower could proceed anonymously, and whether the WBO abused its discretion in denying the whistleblower-petitioner an award. Held:

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Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112)

On September 23, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112). The sole issue presented in Brown was whether the Tax Court has jurisdiction to order the refund of a TIPRA payment. What is a TIPRA Payment? The Tax Increase

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