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Insiders Examine Michael Jackson Estate Valuation Dispute

Testifying experts for the estate give their main takeaways from this fierce dispute with the IRS.

BV News and Trends August 2021

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

Michael Jackson estate valuers give rare inside look

Experts for the estate of pop superstar Michael Jackson presented a fascinating look at how the valuations were done for the “tax trial of the century” in a BVR webinar.

In Jackson case, Tax Court dismisses IRS expert’s revenue projections as ‘simply not reasonable’

When Michael Jackson died, his image and likeness was besmirched and yet, once competent executors took charge, they were able to make a lot of money for the estate in the immediate post-death years. The issue was to what extent this subsequent development could factor into the image-and-likeness valuation. In explaining his high valuation, the IRS’ expert offered a theory of “foreseeable opportunities” that the U.S. Tax Court found unpersuasive.

Interesting question on the Michael Jackson case

There were three main valuation matters in the case of the Michael Jackson estate versus the IRS, and the estate prevailed in two of them (see our most recent coverage here).

Michael Jackson case featured on BVR ‘power panel’ July 27

Experts involved in the high-profile case involving the Michael Jackson estate versus the IRS will discuss the contentious valuation issues in the case during a BVR webinar, Power Panel: Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner.

Tax Court resists tax affecting in Michael Jackson case

Although the U.S. Tax Court recently handed the Michael Jackson estate a decisive victory regarding the estate’s tax liability, the court did not side with the estate on tax affecting, an issue that has preoccupied valuators, many of whom are proponents of the practice, for a long time.

In Jackson case, Tax Court dismisses IRS expert’s revenue projections as ‘simply not reasonable’

When Michael Jackson died, his image and likeness was besmirched, and yet, once competent executors took charge, they were able to make a lot of money for the estate in the immediate post-death years.

Tax Court issues highly anticipated ruling in Michael Jackson case

In the long-running litigation between the estate of the late megastar Michael Jackson and the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Tax Court recently issued its opinion on the value of Jackson’s image and likeness, as well as the value of his interest in two music publishing assets. Overall, this much-anticipated decision is a major win for the Jackson estate. The court’s momentous decision includes an expansive analysis of the rivaling valuation testimony.

Tax Court resists tax affecting in Michael Jackson case

Although the U.S. Tax Court recently handed the Michael Jackson estate a decisive victory regarding the estate’s tax liability, the court did not side with the estate on tax affecting, an issue that has preoccupied valuators, many of whom are proponents of the practice, for a long time.

Tax Court issues highly anticipated ruling in Michael Jackson case

In the long-running litigation between the estate of the late megastar Michael Jackson and the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Tax Court finally issued its opinion on the value of Jackson’s name and likeness, as well as the value of his interest in two music publishing assets.

Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner

Tax Court mostly sides with estate of late superstar in valuing three contested assets; assets had to be valued separately, based on parties’ stipulations, and at death; court says Jackson’s “tattered” image and likeness meant he earned little money apart from his music; court rejects tax affecting.

Tax Court Hands Jackson Estate Major Win but Finds Reasoning for Tax Affecting Unpersuasive

Tax Court mostly sides with estate of late superstar in valuing three contested assets; assets had to be valued separately, based on parties’ stipulations, and at death; court says Jackson’s “tattered” image and likeness meant he earned little money apart from his music; court rejects tax affecting.

Michael Jackson estate valuation case features tainted image and tax affecting

BV experts take the stand in a high-stakes Tax Court case that pits the IRS against the estate of Michael Jackson.

Estate of Michael Jackson sues the IRS

Michael Jackson’s estate is suing the IRS over valuation—assets causing the problem include amounts attributable to the singer’s likeness and intellectual property.

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