Category: Taxing Lessons From Court Decisions

Decisions– Your estimate may vary


According to an old expression, the only difference between an estimate and a guesstimate is the confidence of the person providing the answer.

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Decisions — Consolation Prize


Let’s say you have a new client who took a loan from her 401(k) last year.

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Decisions — Earning the credit


Life is in the details, and so is tax code interpretation.

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Decisions — Canine silence


In the Arthur Conan Doyle short story, Silver Blaze, fictional detective Sherlock Holmes solved the case by inferring intent from silence—the significance of a dog who didn’t bark.

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Decisions — Fireproofing the pension


Are a firefighter’s benefits a taxable pension or workers compensation?

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Decisions — Eat, drink, deduct


Even if you don’t eat like a hockey player, you may be interested in the tax court’s take on the rules limiting deductions for meals.

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Decisions — Like father, like son


According to the old proverb, children tend to have traits similar to their parents, and tend to do what their parents have done. Does that hold true for tax purposes?

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Decisions — Worth the whistle


A taxpayer thinks his information is worth the whistle. The IRS says the information is not worth the dust which the rude wind blows in the taxpayer’s face…or something along those Shakespearean lines. Who’s right?

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Decisions — Foreseeing anticipation


According to Dr. Seuss, sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.

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Decisions — Going to the dogs


If you need a friend, get a dog.

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