Are Court Awards and Settlement Proceeds Taxable?

Louis J. Cercone, CPA, CFE, CFF, ABV, ASA, CVA

When you receive an out-of-court settlement or court-ordered award, you might not know how to classify it for federal income tax purposes. Don't assume it will be tax-free without discussing matters with a tax professional. The rules are complex and taxpayers bear the burden of proving that an amount should be excluded from gross income.

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Shareholder Buyouts: Comprehensive Agreements Are Essential

Louis J. Cercone, CPA, CFE, CFF, ABV, ASA, CVA

How much will a departing shareholder receive when he or she leaves the company? The answer often depends on the details of the shareholders' agreement. But some buyout provisions are clearer than others. Ambiguity in a subcontractor's agreement led to a recent legal battle that left interpretation of the buyout provision to the discretion of the Pennsylvania courts.

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Comprehensive Business Valuation Reports Cover All the Bases

William P. Allen, CPA/ABV, CFE

In a recent shareholder buyout case, a business valuation expert went to bat but struck out. Why? His written report was unclear about whether an independent reasonable compensation analysis had been conducted, and whether valuation discounts for lack of control and marketability had been applied. Consequently, the court rejected his conclusion.

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