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The Challenges for Art Donation (Part 2 of 3): Economic Substance

As discussed in part one of this series on art donations, a taxpayer who wishes to receive a tax deduction for their charitable donation of a work of art should take several steps in anticipation of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’s) refusal to allow the deduction. In recent years, especially, the IRS has undertaken a […]

The Challenges for Art Donation (Part 1 of 3): An Introduction

Among the many ways that Congress uses tax laws to influence taxpayers’ spending, encouraging donations to charitable causes is perhaps the least controversial. Section 170 of Title 26 of U.S. Code, for example, has outlined Internal Revenue Service (IRS) policy on charitable contributions and gifts for decades. For many taxpayers, such donations include small payments […]

Government Transparency: Commissioner of Revenue to be Bound by Tax Court Decisions

On April 2, 2024, Senate File (SF) 4742, as a companion to House File (HF) 4934, was subject to a hearing before the Minnesota House of Representatives. HF 4934, like SF 4725, would amend Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 270C.07, subdivision 1 and 270.33, to ensure that the Commissioner of Revenue (Commissioner) is bound by Minnesota […]