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Recent Commentary

IRS Updates Applicable Federal Rates for September 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The IRS has announced the Applicable Federal Rates for September 2017, including the Section 7520 rate of 2.4%.

Sale of a Vacation Home

Monday, November 1, 2010

A NIMCRUT shelters gain upon the sale of a highly appreciated vacation home.

Donor Restrictions: What Will They Think of Next?

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Donors constantly attempt to restrict their gifts. This article addresses the issues created when donors place such restrictions. It begins with a review of the various types of restrictions donors desire, including purpose, spending and investment; analyzing the tax issues caused by donor restrictions; and shows why some restrictions can render a gift non-deductible. Restrictive purpose clauses and the review of a charity's options with an unworkable gift are discussed. Finally, the article focuses on spending restrictions or endowments: how to create an endowment, what spending limitations apply, and how a charity can build a "better" endowment.

Bosque Canyon: 5th Circuit Vacates "Floating Easement" Ruling

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The 5th Circuit federal appeals court in Bosque Canyon Ranch, LP v. Commissioner vacated a decision of the Tax Court, which had disallowed charitable deductions for conservation easements where the boundaries of residential homesites within the subject parcels might later be altered.