Earlier this year, the Tax Court highlighted how an apparently slight oversight in documentation can upend the interdependent relationship between donee and donor.
In response to the extraordinary damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and the extreme need for relief, the IRS has released guidance for employers who are considering adopting leave-based donation programs to aid the storm’s victims.
The IRS explained that contributions to disregarded SMLLCs wholly owned and controlled by a U.S. charity will be treated as if made directly to the U.S. charity.
The Tax Court held that taxpayers who gave a local fire department the right to burn down a house on property they had recently purchased were not entitled to a charitable deduction donation for the value of the house.
The Tax Court held that a taxpayer was not entitled to a charitable deduction for a contribution of a conservation easement on land subject to a mortgage because the mortgagee’s rights in the land had not been subordinated to the rights of the charitable organization that received the easement.
The IRS should revise the instructions for Form 8283 to more clearly explain when it is required to be filed, given that the instructions state that failure to file the form can cause the deduction to be disallowed in its entirety.
The Ninth Circuit held that a taxpayer was entitled to a charitable deduction for gifts of LLC units to two charitable foundations that were transferred to the foundations when the IRS increased the value of the LLC units on audit.
The Tax Court allowed a taxpayer to take a charitable deduction for expenses she incurred while taking care of cats for a charitable organization dedicated to cat neutering and rescue because her expenses were incident to services provided to a charitable organization.
The Tax Court denied a taxpayer’s claim for a deduction for a contribution of stock to a charitable foundation that the foundation used to set up a family public charity account in which the taxpayer’s contribution was segregated for investment and future distribution at the taxpayer’s discretion.
Editor: Kevin F. Reilly, J.D., CPA One of the first decisions taxpayers must make when planning their estates is what to do with the principal home. With the changing and sometimes downtrodden real estate market, this can be a difficult and time-consuming task for heirs, particularly if they do not