Transfer of debt instruments for nonrecourse “loan” was disguised sale

In Landow, TC Memo 2011-177, the Tax Court has determined that a 90% “loan transaction program” was in fact a taxable sale of the debt instruments that purportedly collateralized the loan. The Court also rejected the taxpayer’s argument that he should qualify for nonrecognition of gain under Code Sec. 1042, noting that the fact that the debt instruments were ultimately sold by the “lender” was irrelevant since the operative sale for Code Sec. 1042 purposes was from the taxpayer to the lender.

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