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BV News and Trends September 2021

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

Van Vleet comments on use of SEAM in Ryan case

BVWire recently reported on the Ryan Trust v. Ryan case, a buyout dispute in which the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s decision to credit the valuation testimony of the expert for the late majority shareholder.

In buyout dispute, ‘downward bias’ sinks expert’s fair value determination

In a bitter buyout dispute involving a successful private family business and featuring two veteran appraisers, the Nebraska Supreme Court recently affirmed the district court’s decision to unreservedly credit the valuation testimony of the expert for the late majority shareholder.

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.

Valuing Shareholder Cash Flows

The integrated theory of business valuation provides a conceptual framework for disciplined analysis of valuation questions. Too often, valuation analysts are tempted to view individual components of a valuation assignment on a piecemeal basis. Adhering to the integrated theory helps valuation analysts develop base valuation conclusions, discounts, and premiums that are rooted in a shared perspective of the subject company and the subject ownership interest. In the first webinar of the three-part series, Chris Mercer ...

Ryan Trust v. Ryan

In family buyout dispute, state high court affirms trial court’s decision to adopt expert valuation testimony for selling majority shareholder, finding expert’s DCF inputs were reasonable as was selection of multiple of earnings in GPTC analysis; expert’s explanation for S corp premium was convincing.

State Supreme Court Affirms Adoption of Selling Shareholder’s Expert Value Findings

In family buyout dispute, state high court affirms trial court’s decision to adopt expert valuation testimony for selling majority shareholder, finding expert’s DCF inputs were reasonable as was selection of multiple of earnings in GPTC analysis; expert’s explanation for S corp premium was convincing.

King v. King

This divorce case appeal deals with three primary issues: the determination of the value of insurance agency marital asset, the determination of the amount of personal goodwill attaching to the insurance agency, and the appropriate amount of alimony. The court remands the value of the business as it relates to the exclusion by the trial court of the liabilities the business owed, remands as to the appropriate amount of personal goodwill, and remands as to the erroneous level of income of the husband for determination of alimony.

Florida Trial Court’s Valuation Findings, Including Personal Goodwill Determination, Do Not Hold Up Under Appeals Court Scrutiny

This divorce case appeal deals with three primary issues: the determination of the value of insurance agency marital asset, the determination of the amount of personal goodwill attaching to the insurance agency, and the appropriate amount of alimony. The court remands the value of the business as it relates to the exclusion by the trial court of the liabilities the business owed, remands as to the appropriate amount of personal goodwill, and remands as to the erroneous level of income of the husband for determination of alimony.

Parties’ agreement complicates spousal support calculation in S corp context

Instead of facilitating a resolution, a separation agreement between the divorcing spouses led to a protracted lawsuit.

Marshall v. Marshall

On second review, appeals court says trial court satisfied task on remand; latter’s use of reasonable compensation calculation to establish income for alimony and child support purposes was in the spirit of parties’ agreement and was based on “entirely credible” testimony by husband’s BV expert.

Courts Agree Reasonable Compensation Is Sound Method for Calculating Spousal Support in S Corp Context

On second review, appeals court says trial court satisfied task on remand; latter’s use of reasonable compensation calculation to establish income for alimony and child support purposes was in the spirit of parties’ agreement and was based on “entirely credible” testimony by husband’s BV expert.

Structure, Valuation & Tax Insights for Logistics & Trucking Companies

Join Jaclyn Burket Frank and Ricky Castillo for an engaging trip into the world of logistics and trucking businesses. Discover the different types of entity structure along with the advantages and disadvantages of each structure. Learn how the 2018 tax law impacted each entity structure and common deductible/nondeductible expenses for the logistics and trucking industry. The industry-specific adjustments to consider along with specific questions to ask business owners to determine whether economic, governmental, and location ...

Tales From the Trenches: How Recent Challenges with the IRS Impact Your Valuation

With a special focus on the recent Aaron U. Jones (USTC TCM 2019-101) case regarding tax affecting an S corp and a partnership, this workshop is the best way to get IRS insights short of going into litigation. Get real insights on how to avoid and what to do if working with the IRS on business valuation issues at all levels. Join Mike Gregory as he dives into conflict resolution (with assistance from the Collaboration ...

Landmark Jones case featured in upcoming workshop

“Read the Jones case,” an IRS official said when asked about the position the IRS is taking on tax affecting pass-through entities.

BVU News and Trends February 2020

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

Asset-based appraisal unsuitable for fair value determination, court says

In a bitter fight between siblings over the buyout of the minority shareholder’s interest in a successful construction business, the trial court found the asset-based valuation the majority shareholder’s expert proposed was fatally flawed for at least two reasons.

BVU News and Trends November 2019

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

EY study examines TCJA impact on S corps

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) succeeded in maintaining rough tax parity between large pass-through businesses and large C corps but only if the 20% qualified business income (QBI) deduction is in effect and only if it’s made permanent, according to an EY study commissioned by the S Corporation Association.

Court Says Asset Approach ‘Is Simply an Improper Method’ in Present Appraisal Proceeding

Appellate court upholds trial court’s finding that majority shareholder breached fiduciary duty to minority shareholder and buyout order; trial court performed careful valuation analysis finding defense expert’s asset-based approach was “simply an improper method of valuation in the present case.”

Linde v. Linde

Appellate court upholds trial court’s finding that majority shareholder breached fiduciary duty to minority shareholder and buyout order; trial court performed careful valuation analysis finding defense expert’s asset-based approach was “simply an improper method of valuation in the present case.”

IRS updates QBI deduction FAQs

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Section 199A allows taxpayers to deduct up to 20% of qualified business income for tax years 2018 through 2025.

Letter to the Editor: Response to a Reader’s Comments Concerning the Kress Case

The Kress case has received a great deal of attention on a number of valuation fronts, most notably that both the taxpayer and the government tax affected the earnings of the subject S corp. This letter to the editor is a response to comments on the case made by an IRS analyst.

Distinguishing Gross, Tax Court adopts tax-affected valuation of PTE

In an ingenious move, the U.S. Tax Court, ruling on an Oregon gift tax dispute, accepted the taxpayers’ tax-affected valuations of pass-through entities (PTE) without overturning Gross.

Estate of Aaron Jones v. Commissioner

In gift tax dispute, Tax Court adopts estate expert’s valuation of two related PTEs, including expert’s tax affecting; court distinguishes Gross and later cases; issue is not whether to tax affect but how; estate expert’s tax affecting was “more accurate than [IRS’] blunt zero-rate approach.”

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