Tax Procedure: The Ninth Circuit Confirms that a Disregarded Entity is a Pass-Thru Partner Under TEFRA

TEFRAThe Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) was enacted in 1982 to govern partnership audits. Despite its age, TEFRA still generates novel issues for courts. On June 7th, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a Tax Court petition brought by a taxpayer who owned his partnership interest through a limited liability company that was disregarded for tax purposes, ruling that form controls over substance, at least in this narrow context. Seaview Trading LLC v. Comm’r, No. 15-71330, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10109 (9th Cir. June 7, 2017).

Robert Kotick and his father formed Seaview Trading, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company that was taxable as a partnership.… Read More