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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.

Office of Chief Counsel Internal Revenue Service Memorandum

IRS private letter ruling says that, under facts, gift tax valuation must consider merger that was being negotiated at the time the donor transferred company stock into a trust where the merger was only announced after the stock transfer and the announcement prompted an increase in stock value.

IRS Private Letter Ruling on Whether to Consider Pending Merger in Gift Tax Valuation

IRS private letter ruling says that, under facts, gift tax valuation must consider merger that was being negotiated at the time the donor transferred company stock into a trust where the merger was only announced after the stock transfer and the announcement prompted an increase in stock value.

Kress gift tax case signifies approval of tax affecting—at least in federal district court

One aspect that has valuators excited about the Kress v. United States gift tax case is that the federal court that ruled on the taxpayers’ challenge to the IRS’s gift tax assessment accepted valuations from both parties’ experts that applied a C corporation tax rate to value minority shares in an S corporation.

Kress v. United States signifies approval of S corp tax affecting

In a gift tax case teeming with valuation issues, one notable aspect was that, in valuing the minority shares of an S corporation, both parties’ experts applied a C corporation tax rate to the company’s earnings and the court, without ado, accepted the practice.

Gift Tax Case Suggests Overall Acceptance of S Corp Tax Affecting

In gift tax case requiring valuation of minority shares in S corporation, district court accepts application, by all experts, of C corp-level tax rate to company’s earnings; court, with minor DLOM adjustment, credits valuations by taxpayers’ expert, noting his market approach is “the most sound.”

Kress v. United States

In gift tax case requiring valuation of minority shares in S corporation, district court accepts application, by all experts, of C corp-level tax rate to company’s earnings; court, with minor DLOM adjustment, credits valuations by taxpayers’ expert, noting his market approach is “the most sound.”

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 ...

Court of Appeals Sides With Taxpayers on Right to Vet IRS Expert Valuation

Court of Appeals finds Tax Court held mistaken view of burden of proof and erred in declining to evaluate taxpayers’ multiple challenges to IRS’s expert valuation; on remand, Tax Court may consider new valuation evidence, appeals court says.

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.

Cavallaro v. Commissioner (Cavallaro II)

Court of Appeals finds Tax Court held mistaken view of burden of proof and erred in declining to evaluate taxpayers’ multiple challenges to IRS’s expert valuation; on remand, Tax Court may consider new valuation evidence, appeals court says.

Court of Appeals Sides With Taxpayers on Right to Vet IRS Expert Valuation

Court of Appeals finds Tax Court held mistaken view of burden of proof and erred in declining to evaluate taxpayers’ multiple challenges to IRS’s expert valuation; on remand, Tax Court may consider new valuation evidence, appeals court says.

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