Undervaluing assets comes back to bite estate
Abstract: Valuation matters are critical in gift and estate planning. This article summarizes two recent cases where the U.S. Tax Court addressed value-related issues. The court sided with the IRS in one case (Estate of Morrissette) and the estate in the other (Estate of Jackson). In both cases, the court’s decision came down to whether the expert applied reasonable analysis to the facts of the case. Estate of Clara M. Morrissette v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2021-60 (Tax Ct. May 13, 2021). Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2021-48 (Tax Ct. May 3, 2021).