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FCG Valuation Case E-Flash Hendrix v. Commissioner

Authored by John Walker and Chris D. Treharne, ASA, MCBA, BVAL of Gibraltar Business Appraisals, Inc. a member firm of FCG Issue 13:8

John H. Hendrix and Karolyn M. Hendrix, Donors, Petitioners, v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Respondent
Docket No. 10503-03, T.C. Memo 2011-133, Judge: Hon. Elizabeth Crewson Paris, June 15, 2011

Following its ruling and logic in Tempel v. Commissioner, 136 T.C. No. 15 (2011) [refer to E-Flash 13:4], the Tax Court determined that state income tax credits are capital assets and the sale of such credits should not be taxed as ordinary income. Further the Tax Court again determined that the holding period for such credits begins upon receipt of the credit (i.e., after the donation of the conservation easement, not upon the acquisition of the real property underlying the conservation easement).

The Takeaway
The Tax Court determined that formula clauses reached at arm’s-length can be used to determine fair market value. Further, the Court decided that formula clauses are not void as a matter of public policy.