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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.

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.

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.

What's in store for BV in 2015?

What were the most significant BV developments in 2014? What can we expect for 2015? BVWire posed these questions to the editorial advisory board of BVR’s Business Valuation Update. Here are a few comments.

Gift Tax Case Pivots on Key Assumption Informing Valuations

Taxpayer parents incurred gift tax liability when, based on improper valuations, they agreed to merge their S corp. with their sons’ S corp. and accepted an unduly low interest in the new company while sons received an unduly high interest, Tax Court says ...

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Devoid of Goodwill, Corporation Escapes Income Tax Liability

Tax Court says taxpayer’s company owned no corporate goodwill and had no right to taxpayer’s personal goodwill and, therefore, was not liable under IRC Sect. 311(b)(1); the taxpayer, in turn, was not liable for gifting corporate goodwill to his sons.

Cavallaro v. Commissioner

Taxpayer parents incurred gift tax liability when, based on improper valuations, they agreed to merge their S corp. with their sons’ S corp. and accepted an unduly low interest in the new company while sons received an unduly high interest, Tax Court says ...

Bross Trucking, Inc. v. Commissioner

Tax Court says taxpayer’s company owned no corporate goodwill and had no right to taxpayer’s personal goodwill and, therefore, was not liable under IRC Sect. 311(b)(1); the taxpayer, in turn, was not liable for gifting corporate goodwill to his sons.

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Estate of Kite v. Commissioner

At issue in this taxpayer action was whether the transfer of family partnership interests held by the decedent's lifetime revocable trust to her children in exchange for private annuity agreements was a disguised gift subject to gift tax.

IRS and Taxpayer Agree to 35% DLOM—If FLP Transfers Pass ‘Indirect Gift’ Tests

Tax Court accepts stipulated 35% DLOM after finding that FLP funding and transfer is not an indirect gift.

Bianca Gross v. Commissioner

Tax Court accepts stipulated 35% DLOM after finding that FLP funding and transfer is not an indirect gift.

Business Valuation Cases in Brief

Business Valuation Cases in Brief by John J. Stockdale, Jr., JD Estate Valuations In the Estate of Farnam v. CIR, 130 T.C. No. 2 (February 4, 2008), the U.S. Tax Court concluded that loans made to a family business may not be aggregated with equity interests in that business in order to satisfy the 50% ‘‘interest’’ requirement needed to qualify for the family-owned business tax exemption. The court con- cluded that interest as used in ...

Business Valuation Cases in Brief

A review of cases that present issues of interest within the business valuation community.

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