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March 2010

KYEstates readers, do you miss the halcyon days of 2003, when Howard Dean told us that "you have the power"? We can't bring those days back, but we are happy to report that in 2010: You have the power...to let your own voice be heard about what is going to happen with the estate tax. [...]

As other T&E bloggers have capably noted (e.g., Gary Beyer here and Hani Sarji here), the House passed H.R. 4849 (the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010) on March 24. The vote was 246-178 in favor of the bill (see the full report on the vote from the New York Times here). KYEstates alerted [...]

KYEstates issued a high-stakes challenge here in our discussion of the taxpayer FLP win in Estate of Petter v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2009-280, 2009 WL 4598137 (U.S. Tax Ct. 2009).  We said: Count not your day a loss: you have now read the phrase glommed onto in a Federal court's opinion.  Find that phrase in another [...]

As previously discussed in this post, KYEstates strives to provide fair and balanced coverage, so when we are biased, we will let you know.  To that end, we previously warned readers that we are biased in favor of the taxpayer.  (Apparently, when we made this (not-so-shocking) disclosure, the IRS noticed, because shortly afterwards we started [...]

Unless you are a truly basketball-crazed KYEstates reader, by now you are well aware that the Health Care Bill passed the House last night.  This legislation is significant, and that is an understatement. Both supporters and detractors of the bill might see this as America's analogue to July 5, 1948, when the Attlee Cabinet's National [...]

Timmberrr…Another Taxpayer FLP Win!

At KYEstates, we don't want to hex ourselves, or taxpayers, but the fact is that we're on a little bit of an FLP roll here and here. The good news for taxpayers continues with Estate of Shurtz, T.C. Memo. 2010-21 (Feb. 3, 2010). Even though the taxpayer showed up at the Tax Court with mixed [...]

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