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When a Popular Tax Shelter Springs a Leak

When a Popular Tax Shelter Springs a Leak

"Only the little people pay taxes," said Leona Helmsley. But not always: Just ask billionaire Philip Anschutz, who got a tax bill for about $150 million when he lost a closely watched Tax Court case on July 22 involving a popular technique. It is another reminder of how risky tax shelters can be.
At issue in the case, Anschutz Company v. Commissioner, were complex hedging transactions intended to diversify a concentrated stock position without triggering capital-gains taxes. A spokesman says the company will "vigorously...

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