Electing Tax Benefits in Leasing Transactions
Daily Tax Report
This article recommends allowing a lessor and a lessee to decide between themselves which party will be entitled to the tax benefit associated with the ownership of the leased property. It describes why the current linkage of tax benefits to property ownership is economically inefficient and disadvantageous to the parties and to the economy as a whole. Existing law diminishes the intended effect of tax incentive legislation, reduces a firm’s cash flow and reported earnings, distorts competition and decision making, and inhibits investment in efficient business assets. The proposed election addresses these shortcomings, while not violating anti-avoidance tenets of taxation.
Ronald W. Blasi, Electing Tax Benefits in Leasing Transactions, Daily Tax Rep., Feb. 8, 2011, at J1.
Institutional Repository Citation
Ronald W. Blasi,
Electing Tax Benefits in Leasing Transactions,
Faculty Publications By Year