15 West 17th Street LLC v. Commissioner

U.S. Tax Court, T.C. Memo. 2016-233, December 22, 2016: Preservation easement donee’s 990 cannot substitute for contemporaneous written acknowledgment letter.

The Internal Revenue Code requires that to qualify for a federal income tax deduction for contribution of a historic preservation easement or conservation easement valued at $250 or more, the taxpayer must substantiate the contribution by (among [...]

Evans v Commissioner of Internal Revenue

United States Tax Court, No. 8309-08, September 22, 2010: The TC upheld the IRS’ complete denial of a deduction for a historic façade easement but denied the IRS’ accuracy-related penalty.

The taxpayer offered appraisals by two different appraisers but the preparers of only one of the appraisals testified as witnesses. The TC thoroughly discredited the appraisal prepared [...]