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IRS takes professional golfers to court

September 4, 2017
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Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia recently litigated a $1.7 million tax case arising out of a major endorsement contract with TaylorMade, a golf equipment manufacturer. At issue in the case is how Garcia should characterize the income that he received from the endorsement deal. The income could be classified as personal services, royalties, or a combination of both. (As a Swiss resident, Garcia would only have to pay U.S.…


Brookings: How Income Tax Changes Impacts Economic Growth

April 30, 2017
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A report from Brookings: “Effects of Income Tax Changes on Economic Growth.” Brookings has an interesting white paper about how changes to the individual income tax affect long-term economic growth. The structure and financing of a tax change are critical to achieving economic growth. Tax rate cuts may encourage individuals to work, save, and invest, but if the tax cuts are not financed by immediate spending cuts, they…


Dealbook: Could the State and Local Tax Deduction be on the Chopping Block?

April 28, 2017
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From The New York Times:Β To some, it is a tax on blue-state liberalism. To others, it eliminates a costly perk for the wealthy. To many taxpayers, however, the federal deduction for state and local taxes is a cherished break that can save them thousands of dollars in double taxation. President Trump and House Republicans, riding a wave of conservative and populist sentiment, are pushing to end the provision.…