In Gatekeeper Role, Court Trains Attention on Expert Methodology, Not Conclusions

December 2, 2019 | Court Rulings, Valuations

Acosta v. Wilmington Trust In this ESOP litigation, both parties tried to exclude the opposing side’s valuation expert testimony under Rule 702 and Daubert. The court noted that, at this stage in the proceedings, its focus was on whether the experts applied reliable principles and methods, not on the experts’ conclusions. This case serves as  Continue Reading »


FAQs About Self-Employment Tax

November 25, 2019 | IRS Regulation, Tax Preparation

It’s not uncommon for folks here in Portland and all across Maine to be self-employed. Those who are probably pay the self-employment (SE) tax. But people who do the occasional odd job or only collect income for one-off circumstances may not have to pay the SE tax. If this type of work applies to you,  Continue Reading »


Court Explains Treatment of Undistributed Earnings in Valuing Law Firm Partnership Interest

November 18, 2019 | Court Rulings, Divorce Litigation, Valuations

Burchfield v. Burchfield Among a host of issues, this Virginia divorce case, which included a prominent Washington, D.C., lawyer and his estranged wife, raised an important valuation question related to the husband’s partnership interest in the firm: Whether undistributed earnings were includible in the marital property, as the wife’s expert claimed, or whether they were  Continue Reading »


How to Reduce the Tax Hit on Soon-to-Be-Developed Land

November 11, 2019 | Financial Planning, Tax Planning

Here in the greater Portland area, real estate prices are increasing and development is booming — which is good news for owners of underdeveloped or underutilized land. But if you’re among those who are looking to sell, develop or subdivide a highly appreciated property, it could result in an astronomical tax bill. However, there are  Continue Reading »


NAV Alone Fails to Capture Distributional Interest’s Fair Value

November 4, 2019 | Court Rulings, Valuations

Schewe v. Schewe Farms In a family dispute featuring a farm business that owned real estate, the parties’ experts disagreed on an issue that was pivotal to how they would value the sellers’ distributional interest. The trial court resolved the valuation dispute by adopting one expert’s proposed methodology while making significant adjustments to that expert’s  Continue Reading »


New Bankruptcy Relief Coming Soon

October 28, 2019 | Accounting Standards, Business Plans

Even as companies continue to grow in size in the Portland area, small businesses continue to be a major part of the economy in the region and throughout Maine. Anyone who runs a small business knows that it’s not easy, and sometimes it can be hard to make ends meet. If you happen to be  Continue Reading »


In Misappropriation Case, Expert’s ‘Head Start’ Damages Calculation Survives Appeal

October 21, 2019 | Court Rulings

Sabre GLBL, Inc. v. Shan This damages case, which centered on an employee’s breach of fiduciary duties and other misconduct toward her former employer, and which went to arbitration, includes an informative discussion of the difference between head start damages and saved development costs. Both the federal district court and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals  Continue Reading »


Year-End Strategies to Reduce AGI

October 14, 2019 | Deductions, Financial Planning, Tax Planning

Like every summer in Maine, it went by much too fast. But now that fall is here and the end of the year is in sight, it’s a great time to think about crossing off a few of your financial to-do’s. One important project you can tackle is reducing your current-year adjusted gross income (AGI)  Continue Reading »


Connecticut Court’s Impermissible Double Dipping Triggers Remand

October 7, 2019 | Court Rulings, Divorce Litigation

Oudheusden v. Oudheusden In a noteworthy decision, a Connecticut appellate court recently found the trial court double dipped when it divided the marital assets and calculated spousal support. Although attorneys from both sides had alerted the trial court to the risk of double dipping, the court awarded the non-owner spouse half of the value of  Continue Reading »


Tax Implications of Refinancing Your Home

September 30, 2019 | Deductions, Tax Planning

With the recent reduction in interest rates — and reports that further cuts could be on the horizon — you may be considering refinancing your home. If you are, there are some tax implications involved that you should know about. Here’s a quick overview. Deductions for Home Mortgage Interest In terms of your federal income  Continue Reading »