Charitable Issues

Ononuju v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-94)

On July 26, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Ononuju v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-94). The primary issue presented in Ononuju was whether the petitioner was liable for excise tax pursuant to IRC § 4958 as a “disqualified person” who engages in an “excess benefit transaction” with a tax-exempt charity. Background to Assessment The IRS determined that the petitioner was a disqualified person with respect to American Medical Missionary

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Charitable Issues

New World Infrastructure Organization v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-91)

On July 20, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of New World Infrastructure Organization v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-91). The primary issue presented in New World Infrastructure was whether the petitioner qualified for tax exempt status for purposes of IRC § 501(c)(3). Background The petitioner is “a successor to a for-profit business that never made any profit.”  This, according to the petitioner, made it eligible to seek nonprofit status.  The

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Charitable Issues

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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Charitable Issues

Fumo v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-61)

On May 17, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Fumo v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-61). The primary issue presented in Fumo was whether the petitioner, who was a very bad man who defrauded community charities, was liable for excise taxes under IRC § 4958(a)(1) as a “disqualified person.” Background The petitioner, as noted above, was (and likely still is) a real jerk.  He was elected to the Pennsylvania State

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Charitable Issues

Tikar Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-53)

On May 6, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Tikar, Inc. v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-53). The primary issue presented in Tikar, Inc. was whether Tikar (organized to present exposition of African art owned by a corporation and to promote African art, generally) was operated exclusively for one or more exempt purposes pursuant to IRC § 501(c)(3). The Blessed Rains Down in Africa In 1993, Dr. Seghers, developed a

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Tax Opinions

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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Tax Opinions

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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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

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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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