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The appeals court for the seventh circuit has affirmed the convictions of six defendants who conspired to defraud the United States by impeding and impairing the functions of the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") and committed offenses against the United States,...


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has affirmed the tax court's value of a conservation easement. The taxpayer, Trout Ranch, LLC, purchased some 450 acres of land in Gunnison County, Colorado, with the aim of developing home sites on a small segment...


In Huda T. Scheidelman v. Comm’r, the US. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, vacated the Tax Court’s decision and remanded the case to the Tax Court.  This new case is important for two major reasons—it defines what is acceptable as a...


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a Court of Claims' dismissal of an IRS determination that certain taxpayers' transfers of their partnership interests to charitable remainder trusts were shams in connection with so-...


The First Circuit has reversed a district court's acquittal of defendants in a joint criminal prosecution for conspiring to defraud the United States by obstructing the functions of the Internal Revenue Service, for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the due...


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has held the Tax Court did not err in ruling a donor met the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements in claiming deductions for  the donation of conservation easements on the façades of...

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a Court of Federal Claims opinion and joined with the Second and Third circuits in their holding that securities purchased on margin by an otherwise tax-exempt organization are debt-financed property, the income from...
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the Tax Court's ruling that taxpayers were not entitled to deduct noncash charitable deductions because the taxpayers failed to comply, either fully or substantially, with the reporting requirements in I.R.C.
10 Sep 2009 | U.S. Court of Appeals | National Publication | News story | 4 comments
Writing for onPhilanthropy.com, attorney Jonathan Gudema reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has issued an opinion in a case involving Robert Dillie this past June. Mr. Dillie operated a fraudulent foundation between 1996 and 2001. This foundation was...
Plaintiffs (appellees) seek a determination that they were entitled to deduct from their Federal income tax return for the taxable year 1964 the replacement value of a life insurance policy which was given by them to a charitable institution, which amount was...
Blogging for TaxProf Blog, editor Paul L. Caron discusses the 10th circuit's denial of a $300,000 charitable deduction claimed by Leslie Stephen Jones, lead counsel for the defense of Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in...
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the Tax Court's decision affirming the disallowance of deductions petitioners-appellants claimed for tuition and fees paid to their children's religious day schools.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the Tax Court's holding that a married couple who created business and charitable trusts that lacked economic substance did so fraudulently and were therefore liable for income taxes, self-employment taxes, and civil and...
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the Tax Court's denial of an estate tax charitable deduction based on the fact the estate failed to properly reform a defective charitable remainder unitrust via a timely judicial modification and despite the estate's...
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the decison of the District Court in Edmond C. Galloway v. United States in denying an estate tax charitable deduction because a split-interest charitable trust did not take the form of a qualified charitable remainder...
The Sixth Circuit of Appeals has affirmed the Tax Court's decision that a couple's contributions of conservation easements to a nonprofit were qualified conservation contributions and, contrary to the Commissioner's opinion, made "exclusively for conservation purposes."
2 Oct 2006 | U.S. Court of Appeals | National Publication | News story | 2 comments
The Second Circuit of Appeals has affirmed a district court decision that denied a testamentary trust's charitable tax deduction and refund request based on the fact a power of appointment exercised by the surviving spouse was made on her own accord rather than under...
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United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

J. E. SMOTHERS and Doris Smothers, Plaintiffs-Appellants,...

19 Nov 2004 | U.S. Court of Appeals | National Publication | News story | 1 comments
The Sixth Circuit has upheld a Tax Court decision that the Lapham Foundation was a private foundation rather than a supporting organization because it failed the integral-part test of reg. section 1.509(a)-4(i)(3). This case is instructive for gift planners because of...
Citing Addis v. Commissioner, the Ninth Circuit, affirming the Tax Court, has held that a charity failed to provide a good-faith estimate of the value of goods and services that Gary Weiner received in consideration for donations involving split dollar insurance...
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Define: U.S. Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States court of appeals. A court of appeals hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit, as well as appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

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