There was a recent taxpayer victory involving transfers of interests in a limited liability company and valuation discounts. The United States Tax Court case of Suzanne J. Pierre v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 133 T.C. No. 2 (2009), found that “the transfers are to be valued as transfers of interests in
P transferred cash and publicly traded securities to LLC, a New York limited liability company, in exchange for a 100-percent interest in LLC. P subsequently made four transfers of her interest in LLC to trusts established for the benefit of her son and granddaughter: P transferred as a gift a 9.5-percent interest in LLC to each trust and then sold a 40.5-percent interest in LLC to each trust in exchange for a promissory note. In valuing the transfers for Federal gift tax purposes, P applied substantial discounts for lack of marketability and control and therefore paid no gift tax on the transfers.
R argues, inter alia, that the transfers should be treated as transfers of the underlying assets of LLC because a single-member limited liability company is a disregarded entity under the “check-the-box” regulations of secs. 301.7701-1 through 301.7701-3, Proced. & Admin. Regs.
Held: For purpose of application of the Federalgift tax, the transfers are to be valued as transfers of interests in LLC, and LLC is not disregarded under the “check-the-box” regulations to treat the transfers as transfers of a proportionate share of assets owned by LLC.
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