The Supreme Court and the Timing of Deductions for Accrual-Basis Taxpayers
55 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2009
This article examines the Supreme Court's two decisions in the late 1980s dealing with the timing of deductions, United States v. Hughes Properties (1986) and United States v. General Dynamics Corp. (1987), and finds those decisions wanting. Indeed, it is hard to understand why the Court exercised its discretionary jurisdiction twice in such a short period when the cases involved technicalities that seemed to overwhelm the generalist justices and when subsequent disputes with similar factual situations would be affected by statutory changes.
Keywords: Taxation, Deductions, United States v. Hughes Properties, United States v. General Dynamics Corp., Accrual-Basis
JEL Classification: K19, K34
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