Expenses & Deductions

Sec. 199 “Benefits and Burdens” Analysis: Key Guidance

The IRS's primary objective with respect to any contract manufacturing arrangement is ensuring that only one party to the contract can claim to have the benefits and burdens during any qualifying activity. This protects the IRS from being "whipsawed," i.e., being subject to claims by both parties to have the benefits and burdens during a qualifying activity.

IRS Issues Updated Guidance on the Examination of Milestone Payments

The IRS's Large Business and International exam division issued a directive instructing examiners not to challenge a taxpayer's application of the safe harbor to "eligible milestone payments" incurred during the course of a covered transaction if the directive's requirements are satisfied.

Retail Advertising: IRS Affirms Potential Application of Sec. 199

Retailers may be eligible to claim a Sec. 199 deduction for advertising revenue derived from producing and distributing printed fliers in cooperation with vendors. This item reviews recent IRS guidance and considers what it might mean for taxpayers that are engaged in cooperative advertising arrangements.

Proposed Regs. Clarify Research Expenditure Eligibility Under Sec. 174

The IRS in September issued proposed regulations clarifying the application of Sec. 174 to the costs to create “pilot models” or prototypes. The proposed rules state that the reason a taxpayer creates a prototype or other product, and not its subsequent sale or use, determines whether it qualifies under Sec. 174.

Repair Regulations Are Finally Issued

The IRS issued long-awaited final and proposed regulations regarding the treatment of expenditures incurred in acquiring, producing, or improving tangible assets.

The Challenge of Contributing Off-Spec Food to Charity

Donations of “off-spec” food may not result in a charitable contribution deduction greater than the tax basis of the food inventory  because of the difficulty of determining the proper tax basis and FMV for the food.

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