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. v. Commissioner 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 Tikar Inc. v. Commissioner

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Penalties Under the Code
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 v. Commissioner 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 in Chiarelli v. Commissioner The petitioner inherited valuable property from

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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 v. Commissioner 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

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Business Related Issues
Tax Opinions

Estate of Warne v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2021-17

On February 18, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Estate of Warne v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-17). The primary issue presented in Estate of Warne v. Commissioner was whether the IRS erred in increasing the value of the estate and the LLCs and by denying a giant charitable deduction ($25 million).  Specifically, the issues in Estate of Warne v. Commissioner concerned valuation of certain family LLCs, discounts for lack

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Tax Opinions

Kissling v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-153

On November 12, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case Kissling v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-153). The primary issue before the court in Kissling v. Commissioner was how the Tax Court gauges the marginal effect of an easement in light of local law.

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Tax Opinions

Glade Creek Partners LLC v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2020-148

On November 2, 2020, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Glade Creek Partners LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2020-148). The primary issue before the court in Glade Creek Partners LLC v. Commissioner was whether Glade Creek is entitled to the easement deduction under the technical requirements of IRC § 170.

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Business Related Issues
Tax Opinions

Deckard v. Commissioner
155 T.C. No. 8

On September 17, 2020, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Deckard v. Commissioner (155 T.C. No. 8). The primary issue presented in Deckard v. Commissioner was whether as the officer and director of a Kentucky non-stock, non-profit corporation (as constrained by Kentucky law and the company’s articles of incorporation), the taxpayer had an ownership interest in the company equivalent to that of a shareholder for purposes of applying the passthrough loss provisions of subchapter

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Norberg v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-30

On April 5, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Norberg v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-30). The primary issue presented in Norberg v. Commissioner was whether the settlement officer abused its discretion in upholding a notice of intent to levy and denying the petitioners’ request

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Middleton v. Commissioner
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Villanueva v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-27

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Golditch v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-26

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Porter v. Commissioner
T.C. Memo. 2022-25

On March 28, 2022, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Porter v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2022-25). The primary issues presented in Porter v. Commissioner were whether (i) delays in examination and litigation were attributable to IRS officer or could significantly be attributed to taxpayer; and

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