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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:25 AM

Dallas' Richest Man Sues IRS for $200 Million

When Forbes estimates your net worth at $8.5 billion, dropping $1 million to solve a math problem or losing $16 million in a particularly disastrous weekend of poker amounts to little more than rounding errors on your checking account. But once the debits creep into nine figures, once you start flushing $200 million down the toilet in a failed rocket-launching enterprise, for example, or when the IRS declares $200 million in tax deductions invalid, you feel it.

Dallas billionaire Andrew Beal has been fighting the latter battle for several years now. Two years ago, the Department of Justice issued a boastful press release declaring victory in its tax battle with Beal after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans handed down its decision in the case.

The specifics of the matter are complicated, but the court basically ruled that Beal and his accountant had established a sham partnership, Southgate Master Fund, LLC, purchased a lot of bad Chinese debt on the cheap, then sold it to make it for what on paper was a $1 billion loss, which they claimed as a deduction on Beal's personal income tax return.

The government's victory was only partial, however. The court ruled that Beal had, in fact, intended to make profit when he formed Southgate Master Fund but had decided instead to use it as a tax shelter once the investment tanked, and it voided tens of millions of dollars in penalties the IRS had levied against him.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/06/dallas_richest_man_is_suing_th.php .

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mbperrin Jun 2013 #1

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:56 AM

1. So now Mr. Go It Alone "genius" wants the taxpayers to ante up for his stupid

rocket idea. Typical of the Randian types.

FFS, the example of Microsoft and Compaq does not make sense, since they are not in the same business - what does he not understand of SOFTware and HARDware?

I'm sure he'll get to dip into my pocket - Harold Simmons from Dallas sure gets to as well.


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