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Tax Court deals another blow to cannabis dispensaries

In recent years, numerous cannabis businesses that are legal under state law have unsuccessfully challenged section 280E of the Internal Revenue Tax Code, which prohibits tax deductions for a business that “consists of” trafficking in a controlled substance.

BVU News and Trends December 2019

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Details of the CUT method used in the Amazon case

Last week’s BVWire covered the 9th Circuit decision in the Amazon case that affirmed the U.S. Tax Court’s 2017 decision in favor of the company in a transfer pricing case.

Tax Court’s Amazon valuation ruling stands up to 9th Circuit scrutiny

The 9th Circuit recently affirmed the U.S. Tax Court’s 2017 decision in favor of Amazon in this key transfer pricing case, finding the governing regulations limited the definition of “intangible” to independently transferrable assets.

9th Circuit Upholds Tax Court’s Valuation of Intangibles in Big Transfer Pricing Case

Appeals court affirms Tax Court ruling favoring taxpayer’s CUT method over IRS’ DCF to value various intangible assets transferred to European subsidiary; governing regulations limit definition of “intangible” to independently transferrable assets, excluding residual business assets, court says.

Amazon.com, Inc. v. Commissioner (II)

Appeals court affirms Tax Court ruling favoring taxpayer’s CUT method over IRS’ DCF to value various intangible assets transferred to European subsidiary; governing regulations limit definition of “intangible” to independently transferrable assets, excluding residual business assets, court says.

Medtronic, Inc. v. Commissioner (II)

8th Circuit says Tax Court failed to do the required comparability analysis between selected uncontrolled license arrangement and contested intercompany licenses, making it impossible to say whether CUT was the best method for calculating arm’s-length royalty rates in transfer pricing case.

Tax Court Favors IRS’s Cost Markup Analysis to Compute Management Fee

In a suit over fees paid by taxpayers’ operating companies to taxpayer-controlled management company, Tax Court says IRS expert’s cost markup analysis produces most credible arm’s-length management fee; this fee represents the allowable deduction amount.

Wycoff v. Commissioner

In a suit over fees paid by taxpayers’ operating companies to taxpayer-controlled management company, Tax Court says IRS expert’s cost markup analysis produces most credible arm’s-length management fee; this fee represents the allowable deduction amount.

CUT Method Prevails in Amazon’s Transfer Pricing War With IRS

In transfer pricing case, Tax Court says Amazon more accurately determined buy-in and cost-sharing payments by using CUT method to value separately three types of intangible assets; IRS’s DCF analysis results in improper enterprise valuation, court says ...

Activist Tax Court takes on double inclusion problem in estate and gift tax case

In an estate and gift tax case, the U.S. Tax Court recently sided with the Internal Revenue Service when the court found the value of assets transferred from the decedent to a family limited partnership was includible in the value of the decedent’s gross estate. The real surprise lay in the court's decision to propose a new way of calculating the includible amount.

Tax Court's Koons decision withstands appeal: DLOM ruling anchors valuation

The 11th Circuit recently affirmed a four-year-old Tax Court valuation of a revocable trust’s interest in a limited partnership. The linchpin in the valuation was the marketability discount.

CUT Method Prevails in Amazon’s Transfer Pricing War With IRS

In transfer pricing case, Tax Court says Amazon more accurately determined buy-in and cost-sharing payments by using CUT method to value separately three types of intangible assets; IRS’s DCF analysis results in improper enterprise valuation, court says.

Amazon.com, Inc. v. Commissioner (I)

In transfer pricing case, Tax Court says Amazon more accurately determined buy-in and cost-sharing payments by using CUT method to value separately three types of intangible assets; IRS’s DCF analysis results in improper enterprise valuation, court says.

Tax Court Corrects Prior Valuation of LP Interest to Startling Result

On remand Tax Court recalculates decedent’s minority LP interest in family partnership by relying entirely on DCF value and giving no weight to value of company’s timberland assets; newly calculated value is half the original value.

Tax Court Corrects Prior Valuation of LP Interest to Startling Result

On remand Tax Court recalculates decedent’s minority LP interest in family partnership by relying entirely on DCF value and giving no weight to value of company’s timberland assets; newly calculated value is half the original value.

Estate of Giustina v. Commissioner (Giustina III)

On remand Tax Court recalculates decedent’s minority LP interest in family partnership by relying entirely on DCF value and giving no weight to value of company’s timberland assets; newly calculated value is half the original value.

In Transfer Pricing Case, Tax Court Fails to Perform Adequate CUT Analysis

In transfer pricing case centering on taxpayer’s intercompany licensing agreements, Tax Court finds CUT method is the best way to calculate arm’s-length royalty rates; court accepts taxpayer-proposed uncontrolled comparable but makes adjustments to account for differences in transactions.

Medtronic, Inc. v. Commissioner (I)

In transfer pricing case centering on taxpayer’s intercompany licensing agreements, Tax Court finds CUT method is the best way to calculate arm’s-length royalty rates; court accepts taxpayer-proposed uncontrolled comparable but makes adjustments to account for differences in transactions.

Subsequent Transaction Too Remote to Allow for Reliable Valuation

In gift tax dispute involving decades-old transaction by a media magnate, Tax Court upholds IRS’s deficiency ruling and credits agency expert’s valuation of transferred stock based on a similar arm’s-length transaction occurring near the valuation date.

Redstone v. Commissioner

In gift tax dispute involving decades-old transaction by a media magnate, Tax Court upholds IRS’s deficiency ruling and credits agency expert’s valuation of transferred stock based on a similar arm’s-length transaction occurring near the valuation date.

9th Circuit Calls Tax Court Out Over ‘Imaginary Scenarios’

Ninth Circuit orders Tax Court to recalculate value of decedent’s minority interest in longtime family partnership owning timber assets because Tax Court accorded weight to NAV value based on “imaginary scenarios” that saw some possibility of liquidation.

Estate of Giustina v. Commissioner (II)

Ninth Circuit orders Tax Court to recalculate value of decedent’s minority interest in longtime family partnership owning timber assets because Tax Court accorded weight to NAV value based on “imaginary scenarios” that saw some possibility of liquidation.

Foreign-Educated Doctor’s Lost Earnings Computed in Personal injury Action

In Dr. Natheir Al-Hendawi v. Manjit Singh Sidhu, 2006 BCSC 522 (CanLII) (decided March 30, 2006), the Supreme Court of British Columbia calculated. the lost past and future earnings of a medical doctor resulting from an auto accident.

Dr. Natheir Al-Hendawi v. Manjit Singh Sidhu

In Dr. Natheir Al-Hendawi v. Manjit Singh Sidhu, 2006 BCSC 522 (CanLII) (decided March 30, 2006), the Supreme Court of British Columbia calculated. the lost past and future earnings of a medical doctor resulting from an auto accident.

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