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To tax affect or not to tax affect? Federal case revives the tax-affecting debate for pass-through entities


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Abstract: In Kress v. United States, a federal district court accepted the practice of tax affecting the earnings of so-called “pass-through” entities. It also rejected the application of a premium to reflect the tax advantages of owning a minority interest in a pass-through business. This article summarizes this case and explains why it’s fueling renewed interest in the tax-affecting debate, despite its limited precedential value. A sidebar highlights another key issue addressed in Kress — the effect of family transfer restrictions on the value of business interests for gift and estate tax purposes. Kress v. United States, 2019 WL 1352944, U.S. District Court, E.D. Wisconsin, Case No. 16-C-795, March 26, 2019

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