Charitable Contributions

No Deduction for Donating Right to Burn House

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.

No Deduction Allowed for Contribution of Easement

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.

When Is Form 8283 Required to Be Filed?

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.

Contribution Deduction Denied for Gifts to Family Public Charity

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.

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Congress enacts tax reform

Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses. All changes were effective Jan. 1, 2018, except as noted.