Appropriate a Book of Business, Capital or Ordinary Gain?

Houston Tax Attorney


If an investment advisor is terminated by the bank he works for and the bank keeps the advisors book of business, is the bank compensating the investment advisor for the sale of his book of business or is it paying compensation for services? One would seem to produce capital gain and the other ordinary gain. […]

Fines or Sanctions Paid to FINRA Are Not Deductible

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In CCA 201623006 the IRS concluded that the payment of a fine or similar penalty to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a non-government entity, is not deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Fines & Penalties Non-Deductible ..WHY?? The law is clear that fines and penalties paid to government entities for violation of […]