Author Archives: Morris Robinson

Net Operating Loss Carryforwards on President Trump’s 2005 Income Tax Return

James B. Stewart, writing for The New York Times (March 23, 2017), explored the complexities of President Donald Trump’s 2005 U.S. income tax return, which was revealed publicly last week.  President Trump used $103 million of net operating loss (NOL) carryforwards in 2005 to reduce his regular income tax. ...

Massachusetts May Target Remote Sellers for Sales Tax

In an attempt to balance his $40.5 billion budget, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) may propose that remote sellers be required to collect Massachusetts sales taxes on sales of tangible personal property made over the internet to Massachusetts residents. Attorney Morris N. Robinson sent a Letter to the Editor of State Tax Notes, suggesting that Governor Baker's proposal may be both impractical and unconstitutional.

Personal Liability of Executors for Tax Liabilities of the Estate Under the Federal Priority Statute, 31 U.S.C. 3713

United States v. McNicol 829 F.3d 77, (1st Cir. July 15, 2016) aff’g 2014 WL 4384486, 114 A.F.T.R. 2,d 2014-5919 (D. Mass., 2014) Summary This is an appeal of summary judgment by the personal representative (the “PR”) of an estate. The lower court found the PR to be personally liable under the federal ...

Statute of Limitations and Collections Process Against Executrix and Agent for Estate Tax Deficiency

United States v. Holmes 2016 WL 4363398 (SD Tex. Aug. 16, 2016) Summary Summary judgment was sought by both the taxpayers and the Government for an estate tax liability. The taxpayers contended that the 10-year statute of limitations on collections had expired. The Government disagreed and put forth that the statute of ...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker May Propose Unconstitutional Sales Tax Collection Responsibility on Remote Sellers

BOSTON – January 27, 2017. In an attempt to balance his $40.5 billion budget, Governor Charlie Baker may propose that remote sellers be required to collect Massachusetts sales taxes on sales of tangible personal property made over the internet to Massachusetts residents. A so-called “remote seller” is a seller that ...

Building Wealth through Real Estate: Financial and Tax Policies of the United States Government That Can Lead To Significant Wealth through Real Estate Ownership

Financial and tax policies of the United States government can help Americans achieve significant wealth through real estate ownership. These policies tend to favor taxpayers who, like the Trump family, are willing to commit to "the long game”, where the full benefits of real estate ownership accrue over decades and ...

Avoiding Massachusetts Taxation After the Bank of America Case: What Works and What Doesn’t Work

Massachusetts families of means often establish trusts with Massachusetts resident fiduciaries for the benefit of unborn and unascertained beneficiaries. Later, some of these families leave Massachusetts and reestablish themselves as domiciliaries and residents of other states or even foreign countries. Their unborn children and unascertained beneficiaries may never become Massachusetts ...

Tax Complications of a $1 Billion Dollar Net Operating Loss

Recently, The New York Times shared information that presidential candidate, Donald Trump, declared a loss of $916 million on his 1995 income tax returns. In response, there has been much speculation that Donald Trump may have violated the tax laws of the United States. This may be why he is under audit. ...

Estate Planning Valuation Discounts Under Section 2704: An Update

Introduction For about a generation, families have taken minority discounts when valuing interest in closely-held businesses for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes. This popular estate planning technique is often used by families to minimize transfer taxes while maintaining continuity of their ownership in closely-held family-owned businesses. This technique was ...

U.S. Citizens Retiring Abroad: “Tax Trigger” Situations and Related Disclosure Forms

The following is a bolded checklist of important situations that may “trigger” a tax review by a skilled United States tax professional. Many of these situations also require a simultaneous review by a foreign tax professional. It is generally best practice for these tax professionals to work together to minimize ...