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The Haitian Vacation: The Applicability Of Sham Doctrine To Year-End Divorces, Michigan Law Review May 1979

The Haitian Vacation: The Applicability Of Sham Doctrine To Year-End Divorces, Michigan Law Review

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This Note examines the propriety of applying the sham doctrine to tax-motivated divorces. Section I outlines the evolution of the sham doctrine from its exposition in Gregory v. Helvering through its expression in two different tests for commercial transactions. Section II then studies the relationship between state divorce law and the marital status provisions of the Internal Revenue Code to demonstrate the clear congressional preference for incorporating state law by reference rather than creating an independent federal law of marriage. It also examines the history of the 1969 Tax Reform Act in a vain effort to discern a congressional desire ...


Taxation-Income Tax-Deductions For Alimony Payments Made Under Voluntary Agreement Of Separation, William R. Hewitt S. Ed. Mar 1949

Taxation-Income Tax-Deductions For Alimony Payments Made Under Voluntary Agreement Of Separation, William R. Hewitt S. Ed.

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Taxpayer and his wife voluntarily entered into a written agreement of separation. Pursuant to the agreement, taxpayer made periodic payments to his wife in discharge of his legal obligation of support. In his income tax return for 1943, taxpayer took the amount of tlie payments made for that year as a deduction from gross income under the authority of section 23(u) of the Internal Revenue Code. The commissioner disallowed the deduction and determined a tax deficiency. Upon petition to the Tax Court for a redetermination of the deficiency, the commissioner was upheld. On appeal, held, affirmed. Only alimony payments ...