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Court upholds Section 1031 tax ruling, affirming appraisals were unreliable

In 2016, the U.S. Tax Court found for the Internal Revenue Service in a dispute over a series of exchanges that Exelon, the tax payer, designated as section 1031 transactions. The court found these were not like-kind exchanges and expressed dismay over the appraisals the tax payer offered to support its claim for significant deductions.

Tax Court’s Exelon ruling, turning on compromised appraisals, withstands appeal

In 2016, Tax Court Judge Laro ruled on the legitimacy of a series of Section 1031 transactions involving Exelon, an Illinois-based energy giant.

Exelon Corp. v. Commissioner

Appeals court upholds Tax Court’s ruling that taxpayer’s transactions do not represent section 1031 like-kind exchanges because taxpayer never assumed ownership of replacement plants; improper input from taxpayer’s law firm tainted appraisals used to show otherwise; accuracy penalty is justified.

Appeals Court Upholds Tax Court’s Section 1031 Decision Pivoting on ‘Tainted Appraisals’

Appeals court upholds Tax Court’s ruling that taxpayer’s transactions do not represent section 1031 like-kind exchanges because taxpayer never assumed ownership of replacement plants; improper input from taxpayer’s law firm tainted appraisals used to show otherwise; accuracy penalty is justified.

Compromised Asset Appraisals Undo Like-Kind Tax Plan

Tax Court says taxpayer’s transactions fail to meet Section 1031 requirements for income tax deferral; legal advisor’s ongoing interference with appraisal process compromised asset appraisals undergirding transactions to the point they became “useless.”

Compromised Section 1031 appraisal sinks Exelon tax strategy for fossil fuel power plant sale

U.S. Tax Court Judge David Laro frequently has cautioned experts not to give in to hiring attorneys who want to shape the appraisal. Although federal and state discovery rules offer some protection for attorney-expert communication, there is a risk of exposure and with it a risk of damage to the expert’s work product and reputation. A recent Section 1031 case, which Judge Laro handled, illustrates what happens when the communication is discovered.

Compromised Asset Appraisals Undo Like-Kind Tax Plan

Tax Court says taxpayer’s transactions fail to meet Section 1031 requirements for income tax deferral; legal advisor’s ongoing interference with appraisal process compromised asset appraisals undergirding transactions to the point they became “useless.”

Exelon Corp. v. Commissioner

Tax Court says taxpayer’s transactions fail to meet Section 1031 requirements for income tax deferral; legal advisor’s ongoing interference with appraisal process compromised asset appraisals undergirding transactions to the point they became “useless.”

IRS Strains to Prove Goodwill in Like-Kind Exchange

In tax refund case related to tax code’s like-kind exchange provisions, Court of Claims rejects a bright line rule that radio stations cannot have goodwill; it also finds that the discounted cash flow (DCF) method the government’s expert chose to determin ...

Deseret Management Corp. v. United States

In tax refund case related to tax code’s like-kind exchange provisions, Court of Claims rejects a bright line rule that radio stations cannot have goodwill; it also finds that the discounted cash flow (DCF) method the government’s expert chose to determin ...

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