Guest Post by Peter Robbins, CPA, Partner at Corbett & Robbins, LLP
With the exponentially rising role that litigation plays in today’s business world, one might consider the costs associated with settling lawsuits to be “ordinary and necessary” business expenses, rendering them tax deductible under §162 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). However, as experienced tax professionals know, there are always exceptions and restrictions to the rules—factors that can leave the unwary with an unexpected and hefty financial burden to bear.
To determine whether payments to the settlement class are tax deductible, settling parties must bear in mind the provisions of IRC §162(c)(2) and §162(f), which prohibit deductions for payments that are:
1. Deemed to be illegal under U.S. or state law
2. For a fine or similar penalty paid to a government for the violation of any law
Therefore, the ability to receive tax deductions on class action settlements is entirely dependent on tracing... Continue reading