The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an exception in the Internal Revenue Code allows a trustee to deduct the full amount of fees paid to an investment advisor. The case of Knight v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, U.S., No. 06-1286, centers on trustee Michael J. Knight, who paid an investment advisor to manage the assets of a trust. When the trust filed its tax return, Knight sought to deduct the full amount of the fees under 26 U.S.C. Section 67(e)(1). However, the IRS said the fees are subject to the 2 percent rule. The U.S. Tax Court agreed with the IRS, as did the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled against Knight in October. But Knight argued the fees fall under an exception to the general rule because they were paid in connection with the administration of the trust, and because they would not have been paid unless the assets were held in trust. In May, both the New York Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association May 22 filed a brief in support of the trustee, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.
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