Unwinding a Stock Sale using the Claim of Right Doctrine

If you sell stock for a large gain in one year, can you later go back and get credit for the tax paid in the earlier year using the claim of right doctrine? Is the claim of right doctrine a mechanism for unwinding a stock sale? The court addresses this in Heiting v. United States,…Continue readingUnwinding a Stock Sale using the Claim of Right Doctrine

Are Wages Paid to Foreign Researcher Taxable in the U.S.?

If a researcher comes to the U.S. on an Exchange Visitor J-1 Status visa and is paid wages for research, are the wages taxable income? The answer is “maybe” according to Baturin v. Commissioner, 153 T.C. 10 (2019). Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer is a Russian citizen. He earned $75,000 of wages for performing…Continue readingAre Wages Paid to Foreign Researcher Taxable in the U.S.?

IRS Says Extra Legroom for Flight is “Necessary” to Fly

If you pay an airline for premium economy seating, is the amount you pay subject to the air transportation excise tax for the airline? The answer depends on whether the seating is necessary. Given the smaller spaced allotted for each passenger, one conclude that premium seating is necessary. The IRS determined that it is in…Continue readingIRS Says Extra Legroom for Flight is “Necessary” to Fly

Qualifying for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

As tax attorneys in San Antonio, we see a lot of U.S. citizens whose oil-related jobs require they spend significant time overseas. The wages earned overseas can escape tax in the U.S. This is due to the foreign earned income exclusion. But this exclusion generates quite a few tax disputes with the IRS, which is…Continue readingQualifying for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion