By Mary Alexander and Andrew Appleby

The Indiana Department of Revenue disallowed a taxpayer’s deduction for interest expenses accrued to a subsidiary because the Department considered the loan a sham. Unless eligible for an exemption under Ind. Code § 6-3-2-20(c), a taxpayer that is subject to Indiana’s adjusted gross income tax is required to add

By Zachary Atkins and Jack Trachtenberg

The Commonwealth notched another win before the Massachusetts Appeals Court in a case of first impression affirming corporate excise tax assessments based on a disallowance of the taxpayers’ interest and royalty expenses for pre-addback (pre-2002) and addback tax years (post-2001). Under a clear and convincing evidence standard, the court

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board recently upheld the Commissioner of Revenue’s denial of deductions for interest expense on intercompany loans. Sysco Corp. v. Comm’r of Revenue, Docket Nos. C282656 & C283182 (Mass. App. Tax Bd., Oct. 20, 2011).

In Sysco, the taxpayer employed a common cash management arrangement in which cash was swept

Companies that provide financing to customers in Texas to purchase and lease equipment may be shocked to learn that their interest expense may not be deductible as a cost of goods sold (“COGS”). In Texas, a “lending institution” that offers loans to the public is authorized to subtract an amount equal to their interest expense as COGS. Tex. Tax Code Ann. § 171.1012(k) . However, it is unclear what the phrase “loans to the public” means.

A recently released Policy Letter Ruling did little to clarify this, and only muddied the waters further regarding what “loans to the public” means when a multi-state financial services company provides loans for the purchase or lease of a related affiliate’s equipment. The ruling denied the deduction of interest expense as a COGS to a wholly-owned finance subsidiary that qualified as a “lending institution” and was engaged in the business of financing heavy construction equipment sold or leased by its parent company to unrelated third-party customers. Tex. Pol. Ltr. Rul. No. 201101133L (Jan. 6, 2011) (released July 2011). A qualifying “lending institution” includes an entity that makes loans and is regulated by a federal regulatory authority, the Texas Department of Banking, Office of Consumer Credit, Credit Union Department, Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending. Tex. Tax Code Ann. § 171.0001(10).Continue Reading “Loan” Star Mishap: Texas Muddies Water on Interest Expense Deduction for “Loans to the Public”