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BV News and Trends December 2021

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

What Business Valuers Need to Know and What to Do if Audited by the IRS with 25 Golden Suggestions

The IRS has recently undertaken some major initiatives in business valuation. Many of these relate to estate and gift tax and examination functions in the “Small Business Self Employed” and the “Large Business and International” divisions associated with BV. Michael Gregory examines those initiatives and guides analysts through successful negotiations with the IRS. Subscribers will learn 25 “golden rules” to help in resolving issues with the IRS.

IRS sending agents to NACVA’s BV training

The IRS is sending 79 agents to business valuation training provided by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), according to former IRS manager Michael Gregory (Michael Gregory Consulting LLC).

Three Court Cases You Must Read Before Writing Your Next Valuation Report

Former IRS officials give their insights into the thinking of the IRS on business valuations. This was a session at NACVA’s recent 2021 Business Valuation and Financial Litigation Hybrid and Virtual Super Conference.

BV News and Trends July 2021

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

A few recent papers of note

“Forecasting: Theory and Practice” is a recently updated encyclopedic presentation of forecasting methods in theory and practice.

Federal Tax Litigation, Expert Witnesses, and the IRS

Michael Gregory will address key rules for federal expert witnesses, valuation issues with the IRS, identify key recent BV federal cases, and introduce you to what to expect in 2022. This session will also share information you need from a business valuer that mediates, negotiates, and facilitates alternative dispute resolution to give clients timely closure with significant savings with the IRS and others. After this session you will be able to: reference key federal statutes ...

Reminder: IRS is hiring BV experts

The IRS is looking to hire experienced business appraisers for six open positions in various locations across the U.S.

Bitcoin & Digital Assets: The Industry, Valuation, and Forensics

Every day, bitcoin and digital assets seem to become more mainstream for both businesses and investors. Over time, valuation and forensic professionals are bound to encounter clients with digital asset holdings, and they will need to face the unique challenges they create. Experts Mark DiMichael and Jennifer Cohen will provide valuation and forensic accounting professionals with the information they need to help their clients deal with this complex asset class.

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.

Valuers: The IRS is looking for you

Don’t worry—this is not about a valuation you did!

Review and Update of BV Standards and Guidance—What You Need to Know

Valuation standards and guidance areas of business valuation are constantly expanding and being updated. The increase in business valuation worldwide has had a lot to do with this expansion, as has the increase in valuation within financial statements worldwide. Jim Alerding will explore the current status of business valuation standards and other guidance documents, including new standards and new areas of discussion and guidance concerning business valuation. The program will provide the attendee with information ...

Exploring Excel Functions That Help With Business Valuations

Several Microsoft Excel functions are already available in most modern versions of the program that many valuation experts are unaware of. If you use Microsoft Excel for any sort of process, the use of certain functions can make your templates more accurate and allow you to complete an analysis quicker. Join valuation expert and Excel guru Shawn Hyde to learn about setting up dynamic text, which means typing a sentence in a cell in an ...

Power Panel: Live Expert Answers for Today's Tough BV Questions

What is going on next in BV? While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have the next best thing. Thought leaders Jay Fishman, Neil Beaton, Ray Rath, and Stacy Collins on hand to answer your questions on what is changing, trends within the profession, and thought processes behind tackling tough problems. What’s more, if you send in a video of yourself asking the question, you will get free admission to the session. Use ...

NICE Value! How to Deploy the Non-Marketable Investment Company Evaluation Method

When it comes to valuing minority interests in family investment entities such as family limited partnerships, business valuation professionals have not often used the income approach. However, in three recent Tax Court cases, the income approach was prominently featured, and, in one case, it was clearly the deciding factor in the court’s decision. Join William Frazier to learn about the nonmarketable investment company evaluation (NICE) method. Learn its origins, what it doesn’t replace, and how ...

Power Panel: Live Expert Answers for Today’s Tough BV Questions

What is in store for 2021? While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have the next best thing. Thought leaders Jay Fishman, Jeff Tarbell, Michelle Gallagher, and Ken Pia are on hand to answer your questions on what is changing, trends within the profession, and thought processes behind tackling tough problems. What’s more, if you send in a video of yourself asking the question, you will get free admission to the session. Use ...

Letter to the Editor: Commentary on Recent Statements by the IRS Regarding the Change to Appraisal Reviews

Former IRS manager Michael Gregory comments on recent statements from the IRS and ASA concerning a key issue with appraisal reviews prior to imposing a civil money penalty for valuation misstatements under IRC Section 6695A.

In tax refund case, expert identifies only viable method to value stock in ‘severely distressed’ private company

The taxpayer sued the federal government for a refund, arguing she had overpaid income taxes on stock she had received as part of settling a lawsuit against her former employer.

School of Probability: The Use of Monte Carlo in Valuation

The one thing we know about valuations is that the future is unpredictable. How we deal with that uncertainty is critical to developing credible valuations. Join Oksana Westerbeke and Keith Konen to learn how Monte Carlo simulations can be used to deal with the uncertainty, allowing you to generate insights for your client and build credible valuations.

American Business Appraisers and BVR Annual Key Issues Update

Every year American Business Appraisers brings together experts from across the country for a frank and practical discussion of the issues impacting business valuation. This year, everyone is invited to four great sessions. Get a current update on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and the forgiveness application. Adam Rosenfield gives an overview of what the most recent changes to the program are and how that affects clients/future clients. Get guidance on how the loan and ...

Lucero v. United States

In tax case, court approves refund, finding value of unlisted stock in distressed closely held company that taxpayer received as part of a settlement was less than stated in settlement agreement; taxpayer’s expert showed market value approach was only suitable method to calculate fair market value.

Court Adopts Taxpayer Expert’s Method to Value Unlisted Stock of ‘Severely Distressed’ Company

In tax case, court approves refund, finding value of unlisted stock in distressed closely held company that taxpayer received as part of a settlement was less than stated in settlement agreement; taxpayer’s expert showed market value approach was only suitable method to calculate fair market value.

IRS addresses fears over change in appraisal reviews

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum that described changes to the way the IRS reviews appraisals prior to imposing a civil money penalty for valuation misstatements under IRC Section 6695A.

Control Discounts and Premiums - What is Old and What is New

Where do they come from? Do they even exist? Should I fear using them? No, this October event doesn’t delve into the supernatural but rather attempts to demystify the methods and resources available to quantify control discounts and/or premiums. Join Jim Ewart and Jim Alerding to learn what is new, what is old, and what matters. Learn the sources, context, and usefulness of control premiums and discounts, and the best practices for determining what they ...

How COVID-19 Is Impacting the IRS and Valuation Audits

Still reeling from the effects of the government shutdown and budget cutbacks, the pandemic has dealt another blow to the IRS that has affected how the agency selects and reviews tax returns that include valuations. A former IRS manager who dealt with valuations at the agency gives some interesting insights.

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