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BV News and Trends October 2021

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

Prince estate valuation featured on latest AICPA podcast

In the shadow of the recent court decision in the Michael Jackson estate valuation dispute, the estate of pop star Prince is currently locked in a fierce estate and gift tax dispute.

Power Panel: Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner

Are you ready for a thriller? Join us for this Power Panel with three experts who worked on the Estate of Michael of Jackson case: Jay Fishman, Mark Roesler, and David Dunn. Bring your questions and learn about complexities of large cases, celebrity valuations, and what valuation experts can take away from this published case.

Federal Tax Litigation, Expert Witnesses, and the IRS

Michael Gregory will address key rules for federal expert witnesses, valuation issues with the IRS, identify key recent BV federal cases, and introduce you to what to expect in 2022. This session will also share information you need from a business valuer that mediates, negotiates, and facilitates alternative dispute resolution to give clients timely closure with significant savings with the IRS and others. After this session you will be able to: reference key federal statutes ...

Tax changes to watch for under the Biden administration

Other than the possibility of changing corporate tax rates, there is “nothing of earth-shattering importance” in terms of tax, estate, and regulatory changes expected from the Biden administration—for now, anyway—according to a panel of valuation experts on a recent BVR webinar.

BVU News and Trends March 2021

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

Tax Court allows for ‘slight’ discount for lack of control for majority interests in real estate holding companies

In a gift and estate tax dispute, the estate and Internal Revenue Service agreed to apply discounts for lack of control and marketability to the majority interests in a number of real estate holding companies.

Prince estate and IRS embroiled in fierce valuation dispute

A recent article in the Star Tribune says the executor of the estate of Prince, the late world-famous rock star, and the Internal Revenue Service are currently locked in a fierce estate and gift tax dispute.

Pandemic Triggers Chances for Valuers in Exit Planning

One of the key takeaways from the recent ENGAGE 2020 conference sponsored by the AICPA was one of particular interest to business valuers. “The pandemic has created some temporary financial planning opportunities,” says Steve Siegel, JD, LLM, president of The Siegel Group. “If you have a client who plans to pass their business along to a child one day—while business values are low, this is a useful time to get a new business appraisal. If you wait, values may recover, and federal tax laws may be less generous to business owners seeking to transfer their interests to family members.”

Mission Critical in Divorce: 10 Key Insights in 50 Minutes-a Free AAML/BVR Virtual Divorce Conference Preview

Brought to you by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Business Valuation Resources (BVR), this free preview for the Virtual Divorce Conference brings together attorneys, valuation professionals, and industry experts in a one action-packed, 60-minute session. Get short compelling lessons that you need to know now. This year’s conference focuses on the topics most impacted by divorce, and anyone serving business owners involved in matrimonial dissolution can get access to this premium preview ...

Nelson v. Commissioner

In gift tax case, Tax Court finds donor transferred percentages in limited liability company rather than fixed dollar amounts based on language in transfer instruments; further, where transferred minority interests include elements of control, minority discount should be reduced, not eliminated.

Court Says Reduced Minority Discount Appropriate Where Minority Interest Has Elements of Control

In gift tax case, Tax Court finds donor transferred percentages in limited liability company rather than fixed dollar amounts based on language in transfer instruments; further, where transferred minority interests include elements of control, minority discount should be reduced, not eliminated.

Perfect Storm: COVID-19 and 2020 Election—Unexpected Windfall for E&G Tax Planning

Insights into the impacts on the estate and gift tax area and the opportunities it presents for business valuers.

Tax Court’s Novel Theory Aims to Prevent ‘Double Inclusion’

Tax Court finds assets transferred into family limited partnership on behalf of incapacitated decedent shortly before death are includible in gross estate under IRC section 2036(a)(2); to avoid “double inclusion,” court states new rule limiting includible ...

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 Novel Theory Aims to Prevent ‘Double Inclusion’

Tax Court finds assets transferred into family limited partnership on behalf of incapacitated decedent shortly before death are includible in gross estate under IRC section 2036(a)(2); to avoid “double inclusion,” court states new rule limiting includible ...

Estate of Powell v. Commissioner

Tax Court finds assets transferred into family limited partnership on behalf of incapacitated decedent shortly before death are includible in gross estate under IRC section 2036(a)(2); to avoid “double inclusion,” court states new rule limiting includible ...

Valuation challenges posed by digital assets

Social media, audiobooks, music and video files, bitcoin, and other digital assets pose estate planning and valuation challenges, explains a new paper. A handy checklist is also provided.

IRS addresses some concerns of valuators at Sec. 2704 regs hearing

IRS and Treasury officials on the hearing panel felt compelled to make a few remarks in response to the strong concerns of valuation experts, attorneys, wealth planners, and family business owners who testified.

IRS inundated with comments on proposed IRC 2704 regs

Over the past week, over 100 new comments have been submitted to the IRS about the controversial proposed Section 2704 regs designed to rein in estate tax valuations. That brings the total comments to almost 200, but it's hoped that many more will come in before the due date of November 2.

Appraisers see spike in engagements due to proposed Section 2704 regs

At the ASA Advanced Business Valuation Conference last week in Boca Raton, Fla., valuation practitioners told us that they are seeing an increase in valuation engagements triggered by the proposed Section 2704 regulations. They expect the increased business to gain steam as the regs continue to sink in with attorneys, wealth planners, and clients.

Challenge to new Section 2704 regulations is shaping up

The accounting, valuation, and legal professions are hard at work to defeat the Treasury Department's proposed Section 274 regulations. The new regs would curtail, if not entirely eliminate, valuation discounts in family-controlled entities.

Tax Court revaluation means big-time savings for taxpayer

In an estate tax dispute that has lasted for over five years, the Tax Court recently revalued the decedent’s minority interest in an Oregon family business by order of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The recalculation proved a boon to the taxpayer.

Dreaded IRS estate valuation discount regs released

The Treasury has released long-awaited proposed IRC Section 2704 regulations designed to curb estate valuation discounts. It appears that the proposed regulations eliminate almost all minority discounts for closely held entity interests, including operating businesses owned by a family. The proposed regs have triggered a strong response from the valuation community, legal profession, and others.

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