July 2010

The Tax Man Likes Home Additions, But Not Tear-Downs

Anyone who has been following Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings is up to speed on the judicial activism/strict construction debate. Strict construction of an exclusion from taxable income powered a notable win for the IRS in Gates v. Comm’r, 135 T.C. 1 (July 1, 2010), a very interesting income tax case that will have implications for private […]

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What Will Happen to Your Income Taxes in 2011?

On the estate tax front, it’s been a Macbeth/Faulkner fortnight in Congress – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Meanwhile, however, the clock is also ticking on expiration of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, potentially affecting many private clients and business owners. To that end, readers may be quite interested in the […]

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“Pension Asset Transfer” Life Insurance Strategy Nixed By Tax Court

Although normal activity in much of Louisville seems to be temporarily suspended this weekend due to one of the most impressive logistical enterprises since the Berlin Airlift, the children’s swimming City Meet, the T&E Community still needs tax updates, and KYEstates is happy to share this report on Matthies v. Comm’r, 134 T.C. No. 6 (Feb. 22, 2010). In Matthies, […]

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Breaking News – $5m Exemption and 35% Rate Sought As Amendment to Small Business Jobs Bill

It may be a lazy summer day in the Eastern United States, but not on the transfer tax news front. The Hill reports here and Pat Lynch’s blog reports here that Senators Kyl and Lincoln introduced legislation late on Tuesday, July 13 that would require the Senate Finance Committee to amend to amend H.R. 5297 […]

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The War on Terror and Charitable Giving

It is not often that the GWOT affects the world of T&E law, but  the Supreme Court’s June 21 6-3 opinion in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, 561 U.S. ____ (2010) is an exception to the general rule. The opinion upheld the Patriot Act provision providing for fines and up to 15 years’ imprisonment for persons […]

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Your Single-Member LLC: Not A Mighty Fortress

The tar balls are hitting Florida’s beaches, but the state’s courts aren’t yet clogged with oil spill litigation.  With some time on its hands, the Florida Supreme Court is still able to issue advisory opinions, including its June 24 decision in Olmstead v. Federal Trade Commission, 2010 WL 2518106 (Fla. 2010).  Olmstead may not be as important […]

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In re Woods – a Cautionary Tale for Kentucky Lenders

Although litigation is society’s mirror, it’s a mirror that reflects only with a certain lag time. Now that we are three years into the housing bust, and over two years into the Great Recession, the published case law is finally beginning to suggest that yes, we have had a credit crisis. That’s not surprising. Today’s […]

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