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Crowdsourcing to Get Ideas, and Perhaps Save Money

Using Crowdsourcing to Perfect a Business Idea Some startup businesses are using crowdsourcing services to gather input from a large number of people and test their ideas and business strategies.  This can be a wise strategy, as the best ideas may come from outsiders, said Elizabeth Gerber of Northwestern University. To read the full article in The New York Times, click: Crowdsourcing to Get Ideas, and Perh ...

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Federal Cases: ESOP Fidiciuary Responsibility, Valuation Misstatement Penalties, More

Plus: Bishop v. Commissioner Rules on When and Whether a Bad Debt Loss Can Be a Claimed Deduction In Schwab v. Commissioner, a case turns on when a variable universal life insurance policy is a taxable event.  In Boone Operations Co., LLC v. Commissioner, find out when contributing fill dirt to the city of Tucson is or isn’t a charitable or taxable event. ...

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Federal Case Law Weighs In On Partnership Interests, Charitable Contributions

A Valuation Misstatement Results in Tax Underpayment; An Appraisal is “Not Qualified.” In Alpha I, L.P., v. United States, Judge O’Malley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit considers the legitimacy of certain partnership transfers to charitable remainder unitrusts (CRUTs).  In Rothman v. Commissioner, Judge Laro at the U.S. Tax Court rules on the importance of a “qualified appraisal.”  ...

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Federal Case Law: Fifth Circuit and Tax Court Rule on Penalties, Charitable Deductions

Fifth Circuit Disallows 40% Valuation Misjudgment Penalty, OKs 20% Negligence Penalty The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit disallows a 40% valuation misjudgment penalty in Bemont Invs., LLC v. United States, but affirms a Texas Court’s 20% negligence penalty.  Judge Goeke at the Tax Court draws distinctions on when charitable deductions are allowable in Dunlap v. Commissioner. ...

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