Thursday, September 28, 2017
At the time of her death in 2009, Victoria Dieringer held the majority of both nonvoting and voting stock in Dieringer Properties Inc. (DPI). DPI managed residential and commercial properties primarily located in the Portland, Oregon area. These stock holdings comprised the bulk of Dieringer’s estate, which she left to a number of charities in trust through a pour-over provision in her will. Dieringer intended for the gifts to these charities to be funded through sale of the corporate stock. DPI redeemed the stock to fund the trust, but did so at substantially reduced rates relative to its reported value. Despite this, the trust executor reported the decedent’s stock at its full value on the estate tax return and sought a charitable deduction reflecting the reported value. The Tax Court held that this was not allowed and assessed a tax deficiency and penalty of over $5 million. The case is on appeal, but it looks as though tumultuous times are ahead for the executor.
See Russell A. Willis III, Waiting for the Other Shoe, taxnotes, September 18, 2017.
Special thanks to Russell A. Willis III, J.D., LL.M., director, The Greystocke Project, for bringing this article to my attention.