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When It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Usually Is


Many of us were surprised in 2000 when the Court of Federal Claims found that state income taxes paid by the individual owner of a Subchapter S corporation were allowable state income costs of the corporation on contracts performed by the corporation. It comes as no surprise that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed in Information Systems & Networks Corp. v. U.S. (Feb. 6, 2006), holding that, when state law follows federal law and imposes income taxes on the owners of Subchapter S corporations but not on the corporations themselves, the corporations are exempt from taxation and the tax paid by the individual owner is not an allowable cost of the corporation.

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