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BV News and Trends June 2024

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

BV News and Trends May 2024

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

April 2024 issue of Willamette’s Perspectives is released

The April 2024 issue of the quarterly digital publication Perspectives, from Willamette Management Associates, has been released, and you can access it if you click here.

SCOTUS struggles with COLI valuation case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Connelly case, which involves the question of how corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) designed to fund the redemption of a deceased shareholder’s stock impacts the fair market value of the subject company and the value of the decedent’s gross estate.

BV News and Trends March 2024

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

Live today! SCOTUS arguments in the COLI valuation case

A live audio feed of oral arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Connelly case will be broadcast today, March 27.

COLI valuation case now on SCOTUS’ calendar

March 27 is the date the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Connelly case, according to the court’s calendar.

Today! Hitchner’s annual BV update webinar

BVWire looks forward to Jim Hitchner’s annual webinar where he reviews new concepts, data, models, and methods that have emerged in business valuation over the past year.

Connelly case kicks off Heckerling conference

At the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month, the first session was a panel on key court cases of 2023, and “valuation was top of mind for many federal courts,” according to coverage in WealthManagement.com.

Grabowski analyzes COLI valuation issue SCOTUS will decide

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a valuation issue in order to resolve a circuit split.

Tax Court (Grudgingly) Allows Tax Affecting Under the SEAM Method

This was a gift tax valuation case the U.S. Tax Court decided. Gifts of minority interests in The Biltmore Co. were made from the its shareholders, the Cecils, to their children and grandchildren. The IRS audited the gift tax returns and assessed deficiencies for reporting too low fair market values of the gifts of The Biltmore Co. stock. Both sides presented experts to value the gifted interests. The experts agreed that the cash flows should be tax affected. The court accepted the tax affecting while allowing that it was not an admission by the Tax Court that tax affecting should apply in all cases. The Tax Court made changes to the values presented and cobbled together a final value that resulted in refunds to the taxpayers/petitioners.

Estate of Cecil v. Comm’r

This was a gift tax valuation case the U.S. Tax Court decided. Gifts of minority interests in The Biltmore Co. were made from the its shareholders, the Cecils, to their children and grandchildren. The IRS audited the gift tax returns and assessed deficiencies for reporting too low fair market values of the gifts of The Biltmore Co. stock. Both sides presented experts to value the gifted interests. The experts agreed that the cash flows should be tax affected. The court accepted the tax affecting while allowing that it was not an admission by the Tax Court that tax affecting should apply in all cases. The Tax Court made changes to the values presented and cobbled together a final value that resulted in refunds to the taxpayers/petitioners.

BV News and Trends June 2022

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

AICPA offers free webcast on estate/gift valuations

A two-and-a half-hour webcast on estate and gift valuations is available free of charge from the AICPA.

15 Cautionary Areas to Review in ESOP Valuations

Business valuation practitioners perform private-company equity appraisals for many applications including gift/estate tax planning, transaction opinions, and financial reporting; yet ESOP valuation assignments present complex challenges. Not only is the purpose of the appraisal unique, but the particular client, an ESOP trustee (acting as a fiduciary), also has many ESOP-specific disclosures and requirements. A well-developed ESOP valuation report may not simply achieve the appraisal prescription set forth in Revenue Ruling 59-60 or USPAP compliance. Join ...

BV News and Trends February 2022

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

Prince estate and IRS settle valuation dispute

The IRS and Comerica Bank and Trust, the administrator of the estate of rock star Prince, have agreed to settle their dispute and agree on an estate value of $156.4 million, according to settlement documents submitted in the case.

The Nelson Tax Court case ‘has it all’

An appellate court recently affirmed the Nelson Tax Court case, which “has it all” in terms of valuation issues, said Barry Sziklay (Friedman LLP) in his session at the New Jersey CPA Society’s Business Valuation and Litigation Services Conference.

Nelson v Commr.

Taxpayer appealed a Tax Court ruling that she gifted a percentage of partnership interests and not a fixed amount of value. As a result, when the IRS determined the FMV of those interests, the Taxpayer was left with a gift tax deficiency.

Court of Appeals Upholds Tax Court—Taxpayer Gifted a Percentage of Partnership Interests, Not a Fixed Amount

Taxpayer appealed a Tax Court ruling that she gifted a percentage of partnership interests and not a fixed amount of value. As a result, when the IRS determined the FMV of those interests, the Taxpayer was left with a gift tax deficiency.

BV News and Trends October 2021

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

Gift and Estate Tax Valuation Update

Join Barry Sziklay for important 2021 income and transfer tax valuation cases as well as the valuation aspects of the adequate disclosure regulations required to report a gift for federal transfer tax purposes and start the statute of limitations running. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Chapter 14 valuations, Special Valuation Rules §§ 2701-2704, will be addressed in a summary fashion given the complexities of the rules required for a valuation to meet the requirements of Chapter ...

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 ...

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