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BVU News and Trends May 2020

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

5th Circuit Upholds Tax Court’s Characterization of Interest and Discount Rulings

5th Circuit affirms Tax Court’s ruling that decedent’s transferred interest is limited partner, not an assignee, interest; appeals court says estate’s related challenge to Tax Court’s valuation reflects disagreement with characterization of interest, not value computation; valuation holds up.

Estate of Streightoff v. Commissioner (II)

5th Circuit affirms Tax Court’s ruling that decedent’s transferred interest is limited partner, not an assignee, interest; appeals court says estate’s related challenge to Tax Court’s valuation reflects disagreement with characterization of interest, not value computation; valuation holds up.

Updated versions of two closed-end fund reports for estimating DLOC

Closed-end fund (CEF) data are commonly used to derive discounts for lack of control (DLOC) for closely held holding companies invested in marketable securities.

BVU News and Trends January 2020

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

A Masterclass in the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships and LLCs (A BVR Web Workshop)

As professional appraisal methodology has advanced, so has the valuation of family limited partnerships (FLPs) and limited liability companies (LLCs). Adopting an analytical method for valuing FLPs and LLCs using the income and market approaches allows appraisers to more accurately and objectively determine a value that can withstand the scrutiny of IRS challenges. Experts Bruce Johnson, Jim Park, and Spencer Jefferies conduct case studies to teach the best practices for valuing noncontrolling, nonmarketable FLP and ...

Do You Really Know Your Data for Determining Discounts?

The analysis of a popular data source used in determining discounts for asset-holding entities. An advanced understanding of the data is critical in order to avoid overvaluing your client’s investments by understating the discounts.

Registration open for workshop on valuing FLPs and LLCs

BVR is pleased to announce a special four-hour web workshop, A Masterclass in the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships and LLCs, on December 5, featuring leading experts on the topic, Bruce Johnson and Jim Park (Munroe, Park & Johnson Inc.) and Spencer Jeffries (Partnership Profiles).

BVR now offers two closed-end fund reports for estimating DLOC

Closed-end fund (CEF) data are commonly used to derive discounts for lack of control (DLOC) for closely held holding companies invested in marketable securities.

Willamette gives insights into estate and gift valuations

The Summer 2019 Insights from Willamette Management Associates focuses on valuations for estate and gift tax purposes and is edited by Weston C. Kirk.

Puklich v. Puklich

In buyout dispute related to various family businesses, including auto dealership, high court finds trial court was authorized to adjust value finding to account for majority shareholder’s oppressive conduct; case law supported rejection of discounts in valuing minority shareholder’s interest.

High Court Approves of Trial Court’s Rejection of Discounts in Fair Value Determination

In buyout dispute related to various family businesses, including auto dealership, high court finds trial court was authorized to adjust value finding to account for majority shareholder’s oppressive conduct; case law supported rejection of discounts in valuing minority shareholder’s interest.

5th Circuit Upholds Tax Court’s Characterization of Interest and Discount Rulings

In estate tax dispute, Tax Court agrees with IRS that decedent transferred limited partner interest, not assignee interest, to revocable trust; under partnership agreement, limited partner had rights not available to assignee; court rejects discount for lack of control and adopts IRS’ DLOM rate.

Estate of Streightoff v. Commissioner (I)

In estate tax dispute, Tax Court agrees with IRS that decedent transferred limited partner interest, not assignee interest, to revocable trust; under partnership agreement, limited partner had rights not available to assignee; court rejects discount for lack of control and adopts IRS’ DLOM rate.

Partner valuation issues in MLPs

An article by Jim Hanson, managing director in the transaction opinions practice at Duff & Phelps, looks at the relationship between general partner and limited partner interests in master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Fairness Opinion Triggers Viable Aiding and Abetting Claim Against Financial Advisor

In dispute over related-party transaction, court upholds aiding and abetting claim against financial advisor; plaintiffs produced enough facts to show fairness opinion ignored most relevant precedent transaction and other valuation metrics indicating the buyer was overpaying for contested asset.

Mesirov v. Enbridge Energy Co.

In dispute over related-party transaction, court upholds aiding and abetting claim against financial advisor; plaintiffs produced enough facts to show fairness opinion ignored most relevant precedent transaction and other valuation metrics indicating the buyer was overpaying for contested asset.

Using Pricing Multiples and Rates of Return to Value Family Limited Partnerships

Do you value family limited partnerships (FLPs)? Do you know the proper application of pricing and rate of return data to derive a value using both the market approach and income approach? Do you know the best sources of empirical market data to use when valuing an FLP or other noncontrolling interest in a real estate-related entity, consistent with Rev. Ruling 59-60? Join this discussion on the practical application of the concepts discussed in Comprehensive ...

Act now to KO controversial Section 2704 regs

Comments are due by Aug. 7, 2017 on an IRS notice that puts the proposed Section 2704 regs on the chopping block.

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 ...

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 ...

Tax Court Corrects Prior Valuation of LP Interest to Startling Result

On remand Tax Court recalculates decedent’s minority LP interest in family partnership by relying entirely on DCF value and giving no weight to value of company’s timberland assets; newly calculated value is half the original value.

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.

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