OAK RIDGE LAND COMPANY, LP., v. RICHARD H. ROBERTS, COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE FOR THE STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 29, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, William E. Young, Solicitor General,and R. Mitchell Porcello, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Commissioner of Revenue.

Attorneys 2:

Wayne R. Kramer, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Oak Ridge Land Company, LP.

Judge(s): FRANKS

The Department of Revenue conducted an audit on plaintiff's partnership, and as a result franchise and excise taxes of $317,659.72 plus interest of $59,525.59 were assessed against plaintiff. Plaintiff brought an action contesting the assessments, and since the Commissioner had relied on Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1320-6-1-.20 to make the assessment, the plaintiff charged the Rule was inconsistent with the provisions of Tenn. Code Ann. § 67-4-2006. The Trial Judge held the regulation was in conflict with the code section to the extent that the Rule attempted to restrict the deduction for charitable contributions made to only the book basis, rather than the fair market value, and the plaintiff was entitled to summary judgment on that issue and an abatement in the assessment of $303,049. The Court also found that the plaintiff was in error in not including certain real property in calculating the net worth under the ruling of Crown Enterprises, Inc., v. Woods, and that the defendant was entitled to a judgment of additional tax in the amount of $14,610.72. Both parties appealed. On appeal, we reverse the Trial Court's Judgment regarding excise tax and we remand for a Judgment on the excise tax as assessed by the Commissioner. The Trial Court's Judgment regarding the franchise tax is affirmed.