Dalton v. IRS ( 1996 )


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    TO:    ALL RECIPIENTS OF THE CAPTIONED OPINION
    
    RE:    95-4001, Dalton v. Internal Revenue Service
           Filed March 12, 1996 by Judge Anderson
    
    
    
    
           Please be advised of the following correction to the captioned decision:
    
                  Page four, line two, the citation should be 26 U.S.C. §7201 instead of
                  26 U.S.C. §7201(a).
    
           Please make this correction to your copy.
    
    
    
    
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                          UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
    Filed 3/12/96
                                       TENTH CIRCUIT
    
    
    
     EUGENE DALTON,
                    Appellant,                                    No. 95-4001
            v.
     INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,
    
                    Appellee.
    
    
                 APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
                           FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
                                (D.C. No. 94-C-82-J)
    
    
    David O. Black, Black, Stith & Argyle, Salt Lake City, Utah, for Appellant.
    
    Gary D. Gray, Tax Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (Laurie Snyder,
    Tax Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. and Scott M. Matheson, Jr.,
    United States Attorney, District of Utah, of Counsel, Salt Lake City, Utah, with him on
    the brief), for Appellee.
    
    
    Before ANDERSON, KELLY, and HENRY, Circuit Judges.
    
    
    ANDERSON, Circuit Judge.
    
    
    
           Following his discharge in bankruptcy, Eugene Dalton commenced this adversary
    
    proceeding seeking a determination that certain federal tax liabilities had been discharged.
    The bankruptcy court held that the tax debts were not dischargeable under 11 U.S.C.
    
    § 523(a)(1)(C),1 and the district court affirmed. On appeal, Dalton contends that § 523
    
    does not apply to attempts to conceal assets in order to evade or defeat the payment or
    
    collection of taxes, and he also contends that the finding that he willfully concealed assets
    
    was clearly erroneous. We affirm.
    
           Dalton filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief on December 7, 1990. On his
    
    bankruptcy schedules he reported assessed federal income tax liabilities for tax years
    
    1976 through 1978, 1981, and 1983 through 1985 in the total amount of $13,668,866, and
    
    he listed assets worth $3,250. The government filed no claim or objection, and an order
    
    of discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 727 issued on March 18, 1991. On October 6, 1992,
    
    Dalton brought this adversary proceeding, seeking a determination that the listed federal
    
    income tax liabilities had been discharged. The government answered that Dalton had
    
    concealed assets in a willful attempt to evade or defeat the taxes, and therefore the tax
    
    debts were excepted from discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1)(C).
    
           We review questions of statutory interpretation de novo. Murray v. Montrose
    
    County Sch. Dist. RE-1J, 
    51 F.3d 921
    , 928 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 
    116 S. Ct. 278
    
    (1995). When interpreting a statute, we first examine the statutory language itself.
    
    Goheen v. Yellow Freight Sys., 
    32 F.3d 1450
    , 1453 (10th Cir. 1994). If unambiguous
    
    statutory language is not defined, we give the language its common meaning, provided
    
           1
            Section 523(a)(1)(C) provides that an individual bankrupt debtor is not discharged from
    any tax debt which the debtor “willfully attempted in any manner to evade or defeat.”
    
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    that the result is not absurd or contrary to the legislative purpose. Turner v. Davis,
    
    Gillenwater & Lynch (In re Investment Bankers, Inc.), 
    4 F.3d 1556
    , 1564 (10th Cir.
    
    1993), cert. denied, 
    114 S. Ct. 1061
     (1994). Thus, we look not only to a single sentence
    
    or member of a sentence, but to the provisions of the whole law, as to its object and
    
    policy. Kelly v. Robinson, 
    479 U.S. 36
    , 43 (1986).
    
           At issue in this case is 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1)(C) which provides that a discharge
    
    under § 727 does not discharge an individual from any debt for a tax “with respect to
    
    which the debtor made a fraudulent return or willfully attempted in any manner to evade
    
    or defeat such tax.” Since the government makes no claim regarding fraudulent returns,
    
    the only question is whether the provision’s second exception applies.
    
           Noting that exceptions to discharge are strictly construed in favor of debtors, In re
    
    Aste, 
    129 B.R. 1012
     (Bankr. D. Utah 1991), and looking literally at § 523(a)(1)(C),
    
    Dalton contends that his conduct was not a willful attempt to evade or defeat taxes.
    
    Dalton argues that the only evidence against him concerned his attempts to avoid the
    
    payment or collection of taxes, terms which the provision does not expressly include, and
    
    he further argues that the exclusive means to raise a claim involving concealed assets is
    
    through an affirmative action under § 727.
    
           As authority for his literal reading that § 523 does not encompass the evasion of
    
    tax payment or collection, Dalton cites Gathwright v. United States (In re Gathwright),
    
    
    
    
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    102 B.R. 211
    , 213 (Bankr. D. Or. 1989).2 Specifically, the court in Gathwright compared
    
    26 U.S.C. § 7201, which states that it is a felony to “willfully attempt[] in any manner to
    
    evade or defeat any tax imposed by [Title 26] or the payment thereof” (emphasis added),
    
    with 11 U.S.C. § 523(1)(a)(C), which lacks the emphasized language, and concluded that
    
    nonpayment was irrelevant to a determination of whether or not the debtor had willfully
    
    attempted to evade or defeat a tax under § 523. Id. at 213. However, the reasoning of
    
    Gathwright has been rejected by the majority of courts that have addressed the question.
    
           Most recently, the Fifth Circuit refused to base dischargeability upon a
    
    determination that the debtor may not have engaged in felonious conduct under criminal
    
    provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Bruner v. United States (In re Bruner), 
    55 F.3d 195
    , 200 (5th Cir. 1995) (finding the Bruners outside the class of honest debtors entitled
    
    to discharge, based on “pattern of non-payment . . . accompanied by a pattern of failure to
    
    file returns and . . . conduct . . . aimed at concealing income and assets”). Similarly
    
    rejecting a debtor’s argument that willful must be defined according to its use in felony
    
    statutes, thus precluding a finding of the requisite willfulness, the Sixth Circuit found a
    
    debtor’s willful failure to file returns and pay taxes, even though he had the financial
    
    ability to do so, placed him outside “the category of honest debtors.” Toti v. United
    
    States (In re Toti), 
    24 F.3d 806
    , 808-09 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 
    115 S. Ct. 482
     (1994); see
    
    
           2
            Dalton also cites Peterson v. Commissioner (In re Peterson), 
    132 B.R. 68
    , 71 (Bankr. D.
    Wyo. 1991), which followed Gathwright. However, Dalton neglects to note that Peterson was
    reversed on that precise ground. Id., rev’d, 
    152 B.R. 329
    , 335 (D. Wyo. 1993).
    
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    also Fridrich v. IRS (In re Fridrich), 
    156 B.R. 41
    , 43 (D. Neb. 1993) (finding that
    
    § 523(a)(1)(c) excepts from discharge taxes that a taxpayer prevents the IRS from
    
    collecting); Commissioner v. Peterson (In re Peterson) 
    152 B.R. 329
    , 335 (D. Wyo. 1993)
    
    (finding that evidence of debtor’s attempts to avoid payment is relevant to court’s
    
    consideration of whether tax is dischargeable); Berzon v. United States (In re Berzon),
    
    
    145 B.R. 247
    , 250-51 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 1992) (basing nondischargeability upon
    
    unexcused late filings, together with misrepresentations to escape payment); Jones v.
    
    United States (In re Jones), 
    116 B.R. 810
    , 815 (Bankr. D. Kan. 1990) (finding that
    
    § 523(a)(1)(C) encompassed debtor’s attempts to conceal assets to avoid payment and
    
    collection). But cf. Haas v. IRS (In re Haas), 
    48 F.3d 1153
    , 1158 (11th Cir. 1995)
    
    (holding that bankruptcy debtor’s knowing failure to pay taxes, without more, was not a
    
    willful attempt in any manner to evade or defeat such tax under § 523).
    
           We generally agree with the majority reasoning. The purpose of the Bankruptcy
    
    Code is to provide the honest, but unfortunate, debtor a fresh start. Grogan v. Garner, 
    498 U.S. 279
    , 286-87 (1991). Prior to 1966, tax debts were not dischargeable. In 1966,
    
    “consisten[t] with the rehabilitory purpose of the Bankruptcy Act,” amendments were
    
    enacted “to make dischargeable in bankruptcy debts for taxes which became legally due
    
    and owing more than 3 years preceding bankruptcy, and to limit the priority accorded to
    
    taxes.” S. Rep. No. 1158, 89th Cong., 2d Sess. (1966), 1966 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2468, 2468,
    
    2469. However, noting that “the purpose of this bill is to provide relief for the financially
    
    
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    unfortunate and not to create a tax evasion device,” Congress also expressed its intention
    
    to “specifically except[] from discharge taxes . . . with respect to which [the debtor] had
    
    made a false or fraudulent return or which he had otherwise attempted to evade.” Id. at
    
    2470.
    
            Accordingly, Congress enacted the equivalent of § 523(a)(1)(C) to make
    
    nondischargeable those taxes which the debtor “willfully attempted in any manner to
    
    evade or defeat.”3 Although the terms are not statutorily defined, the language is
    
    unambiguous. Moreover, the phrase has well-known judicial interpretation in tax cases,
    
    which Congress presumably intended to adopt. See Holmes v. Securities Investor
    
    Protection Corp., 
    503 U.S. 258
    , 267-68 (1992). Thus, Spies v. United States, 
    317 U.S. 492
    , 499 (1943) is directly on point:
    
                    Congress did not define or limit the methods by which a willful
            attempt to defeat and evade might be accomplished and perhaps did not
            define lest its effort to do so result in some unexpected limitation. Nor
            would we by definition constrict the scope of the Congressional provision
            that it may be accomplished “in any manner.” By way of illustration, and
            not by way of limitation, we would think affirmative willful attempt may be
            inferred from conduct such as keeping a double set of books, making false
            entries or alterations, or false invoices or documents, destruction of books
            or records, concealment of assets or covering up sources of income,
            handling of one’s affairs to avoid making the records usual in transactions
            of the kind, and any conduct, the likely effect of which would be to mislead
            or to conceal.
    
    
    
    
            3
             Notably, the provision tracks with 26 U.S.C. § 6501(c)(2) which excepts cases involving
    “a willful attempt in any manner to defeat or evade” from the general three year statute of
    limitations on the assessment and collection of taxes.
    
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    Id. (interpreting the language of 26 U.S.C. § 145(b), currently codified at 26 U.S.C.
    
    § 7201).
    
           Clearly, the contested language is to be expansively defined. Consequently, as the
    
    court in Jones observed, “the modifying phrase ‘in any manner’ is sufficiently broad to
    
    include willful attempts to evade taxes by concealing assets to protect them from
    
    execution or attachment.” Jones, 116 B.R. at 814. Furthermore, as Jones also noted, a
    
    contrary reading would effectively render the second exception of § 523(a)(1)(C)
    
    meaningless or superfluous. That is, unless the provision encompasses willful attempts to
    
    evade the payment or collection of taxes, then the only nondischargeable taxes under the
    
    section would be those resulting from fraudulent returns.4 Finally, given Congress’
    
    express purpose of relieving only the “honest” debtor from the debt of stale taxes, any
    
    statutory interpretation of “evade or defeat” which relieves the dishonest debtor who
    
    conceals assets to avoid the payment or collection of taxes, but which penalizes the same
    
    dishonesty to avoid assessment, would be an absurd result.
    
           Nonetheless, recognizing the general rule that exceptions to discharge are to be
    
    strictly construed in favor of the debtor, we also agree with the narrow application of our
    
    colleagues in the Eleventh Circuit: “[A] debtor’s failure to pay his taxes, alone, does not
    
    fall within the scope of section 523(a)(1)(C).” Haas, 48 F.3d at 1158. Again, we
    
    conclude that any other application would ignore the congressional intent to enact a
    
           4
            Tax liabilities resulting from situations in which no returns were filed or in which
    specified late returns were filed are excepted from discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1)(B).
    
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    statute of limitations beyond which the honest debtor’s unpaid taxes will be discharged.5
    
    Thus, we hold that nonpayment, by itself, does not compel a finding that the given tax
    
    debt is nondischargeable. Rather, nonpayment is relevant evidence which a court should
    
    consider in the totality of conduct to determine whether or not the debtor willfully
    
    attempted to evade or defeat taxes. Peterson, 152 B.R. at 335.
    
           In any event, Dalton’s subsidiary argument fails under our interpretation that
    
    § 523(a)(1)(C) encompasses the various schemes, including concealment, by which tax
    
    evasion may be accomplished. Thus, we reject his contention that the alleged method of
    
    evasion, i.e., the concealing of assets, is exclusively covered by 11 U.S.C. § 727, and
    
    must be subject to that section’s one year statute of limitations.
    
           Although subsection 727(a)(2) expressly allows a creditor to object to a debtor’s
    
    discharge, if “the debtor, with intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a creditor . . . has
    
    transferred . . . or concealed . . . property of the estate,” nothing in that subsection
    
    precludes the government from defensively asserting concealment as a basis for the
    
    automatic exceptions under § 523. Dalton has cited no authority, nor have we discovered
    
    any, which indicates that Congress intended the provisions to be mutually exclusive.
    
    Rather, it is logical and consistent with the statutory history that taxing authorities would
    
    be able to assert the same objections to discharge that any other creditor might assert, and,
    
           5
             Congress was specifically concerned with the dilatory tax collectors, who, “assured of a
    prior claim on the assets of a failing debtor and assured of the nondischargeability of
    uncollectible tax claims, have allowed taxes to accumulate and remain unpaid for long periods of
    time.” S. Rep. No. 1158, 89th Cong., 2d Sess. (1966), 1966 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2468, 2471.
    
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    at the same time, that the special provisions relating to taxing authorities would provide
    
    additional, sometimes overlapping, protections.6
    
           Finally, as his second claim of error, Dalton contends that the bankruptcy court
    
    erred in finding that he willfully concealed assets. A debtor’s actions are willful under
    
    § 523(a)(1)(C) if they are done voluntarily, consciously or knowingly, and intentionally.
    
    Toti, 24 F.3d at 809. The determination that a debtor willfully concealed assets is a
    
    finding of fact which we review for clear error. See In re Yonikus, 
    996 F.2d 866
    , 872-73
    
    (7th Cir. 1993); cf. Bradshaw v. United States, 
    71 F.3d 1517
    , 1525 (10th Cir. 1995)
    
    (defining willful in the context of 26 U.S.C. § 6672, and noting that our cases treat the
    
    determination of willfulness as an issue of fact). “When findings are based on
    
    determinations regarding the credibility of witnesses, Rule 52(a) demands even greater
    
    deference to the trial court’s findings . . . .” Anderson v. Bessemer City, 
    470 U.S. 564
    ,
    
    575 (1985). The government bears the burden of proving by a preponderance of the
    
    evidence that the taxes are nondischargeable. Grogan, 498 U.S. at 291.
    
           Without making any determination of actual title to the concealed property, the
    
    bankruptcy court found that Dalton had willfully attempted to conceal his ownership
    
    interest in two assets: 1) his condominium residence (the “condo”), and 2) an oil
    
    reclamation company which he organized, Petroleum Processors, Inc. (“PPI”). The court
    
    
    
    
           6
            We note that similar special automatic protections are also afforded claims for alimony,
    child support, and certain educational loans under other subsections of § 523.
    
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    specifically noted that it found the testimony of Mrs. Dalton, who is the primary
    
    stockholder of PPI, to be incredible.
    
           Regarding the condo, Dalton argues that he could not have been evading taxes,
    
    since at the time that it was purchased, in 1980, he was solvent and no tax assessment was
    
    made until 1982. As to PPI, Dalton contends that, since the court did not find his
    
    testimony to be incredible, the court clearly erred in finding that “the organization and the
    
    operation of that company took the experience of someone like Mr. Dalton with years of
    
    experience in the oil business and that expertise.” Oral ruling, Appellee’s App. at 13.
    
           In making its findings, the court cited evidence which showed that when the condo
    
    was purchased, Dalton was engaged to his present wife, and he contributed at least
    
    $60,000 of the $106,000 condo purchase price. The court also noted Dalton’s testimony
    
    that he did not intend to make a gift to his betrothed, that he did not report the payment as
    
    a gift to her, that he has lived in the condo since its purchase, that he has participated in
    
    all payments and upkeep, and that the deed naming his wife as sole grantee was not
    
    conveyed until two years following purchase, at about the time the assessments were
    
    made.7 Additionally, the bankruptcy court cited the testimony of an IRS agent who stated
    
    
           7
             During oral argument, Dalton’s counsel represented that the finding that there was a deed
    was based on incorrect testimony given by Mrs. Dalton, and in fact, no deed has ever issued to
    either Mr. or Mrs. Dalton from the seller, and the only documentation of the purchase and
    transfer is an earnest money contract. This point bolsters the government’s case, inasmuch as
    such contracts transfer equitable title, which presumably would reflect the proportional
    contribution attributable to Dalton and his wife. See Ciet v. Kaufman, 
    902 P.2d 153
    , 155 (Ut. Ct.
    App. 1995). Moreover such earnest money contracts typically reserve the precise designation of
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    that during 1980, at or around the time the condo was purchased, he had informed Dalton
    
    of a personal tax investigation which was related to an investigation and litigation in
    
    another matter concerning Dalton and Dalton’s company, Arizona Fuels Corp.8
    
    
           7
            (...continued)
    grantee(s) until the deed is executed.
           8
            In the late 1970's, the United States sued Dalton and Arizona Fuels Corp. to
    recover delinquent payments which were due to the Department of Energy. At the time
    he transferred the condo purchase money, Dalton was appealing a judgment in excess of
    two million dollars. See United States v. Arizona Fuels Corp., 
    638 F.2d 239
     (Temp.
    Emer. Ct. App. 1980), cert. denied, 
    451 U.S. 985
     (1981).
    
           While the present case is not otherwise related to the previous litigation, the
    government points out that the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals found that Dalton
    had testified that “he had concealed money in nominee bank accounts because he did not
    want the Department of Energy to find out about it until the money was spent.” United
    States v. Arizona Fuels Corp., 
    681 F.2d 797
    , 800 (Temp. Emer. Ct. App. 1982) (“Arizona
    Fuels II”). Arizona Fuels II further noted that “the financial records of Arizona Fuels
    omitted some transactions, misrepresented others, and concealed the diversion of
    corporate funds to Eugene Dalton’s personal use.” Id.
    
           Notably, after losing both Arizona Fuels appeals, and having been required to turn
    over all his property, including the condo, to a receiver in Arizona, Dalton filed
    bankruptcy in Colorado, in an attempt to have the disposition of his assets transferred to
    another jurisdiction. See Dalton v. United States (In re Dalton), 
    733 F.2d 710
     (10th Cir.
    1984), cert. dismissed, 
    469 U.S. 1185
     (1985). As In re Dalton sets forth, the district court
    of Colorado withdrew its reference of bankruptcy proceedings and granted the
    government’s motion to transfer venue to Arizona, and Dalton’s appeal to the Tenth
    Circuit was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. However, in its recitation of facts, this
    court specifically noted Dalton’s ownership of property which was not located in
    Arizona: “Dalton does have some assets; one of these is the San Miguel Ranch, outside of
    Nucla, Colorado. Also he owns a condominium apartment in Salt Lake City, Utah and an
    airplane.” Id. at 712 (emphasis added). Evidently, in his previous attempt to invoke this
    Circuit’s jurisdiction, Dalton asserted ownership in the property which he now eschews.
    
           In any event, in concluding that mandamus was unwarranted, In re Dalton
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           Finally, the bankruptcy court quoted from Dalton’s settlement of the Arizona Fuels
    
    litigation in 1984, which specifically provided that the Arizona receiver who had taken
    
    control of all Dalton’s property, would quitclaim the condo to Dalton “‘subject to any and
    
    all claims of the United States or any tax liability now validly assessed or hereafter validly
    
    assessed against Dalton.’” Appellee’s App. at 10. Nonetheless, as the bankruptcy court
    
    noted, immediately upon receiving the deed, Dalton recorded a quitclaim deed from
    
    himself to his wife prior to recording the receiver’s deed to himself.
    
           Thus, in making its ultimate finding of willful concealment in order to evade or
    
    defeat taxes, the court first found that at the time of the purchase, Dalton knew of the tax
    
    investigation which was likely to result in a significant assessment, his transfers of money
    
    to his betrothed’s account were accomplished without any documentation which would
    
    properly account for the transaction, and that these circumstances, combined with his
    
    actions respecting the settlement of the Arizona Fuels litigation indicated an intent to
    
    conceal his interest in the condo to avoid attachment of the IRS liens. This finding is not
    
    clearly erroneous.
    
           With regard to PPI, the evidence shows that Dalton, an engineer, possessed the
    
    necessary expertise and contacts to get the business started, and, at that time, he knew he
    
    
    
           (...continued)
           8
    
    observed that “Dalton is searching for a court that has not had extensive exposure to his
    problems, and at the same time is seeking to avoid facing up to the ultimate decision.” Id.
    at 718. Apparently, the passing years have effected little change in Dalton’s character.
    
    
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    owed millions of dollars in taxes. Moreover, the court specifically found Mrs. Dalton’s
    
    assertions that expertise was not required to be unbelievable. This finding is supported
    
    by Dalton’s own testimony, which confirmed that setting up PPI was his idea, based on a
    
    professional contact, and that his expertise was necessary to gain the permits and to assure
    
    compliance with the legalities such as reporting to the EPA. Furthermore, Dalton
    
    testified that he used his expertise and contacts to identify and obtain necessary
    
    equipment, and that he consulted with his wife regarding PPI on a daily basis. And
    
    finally, the evidence showed that he signed numerous documents related to the company,
    
    and that at various times he was represented to hold positions such as director, vice
    
    president, manager, and agent. Nonetheless, he received no stock in the company and he
    
    advised PPI that he required no payment for his services.
    
           Essentially, Dalton contends that the work he performed for PPI was no different
    
    from the consulting work he performed for other companies in which he held no interest.
    
    At oral argument, Dalton’s counsel stressed that no assets were diverted to PPI, and that
    
    Dalton merely donated his time, expertise, and ideas. However, the argument ignores the
    
    obvious fact that the arrangements he allowed or directed gave his wife most of the
    
    company’s stock and assured her of a full time salary with benefits, while at the same
    
    time, nothing of value was distributed or attributed to Dalton, despite the essential
    
    services he rendered.
    
    
    
    
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           We are mindful of Dalton’s testimony that “other motives animated him in these
    
    matters.” Spies, 317 U.S. at 500. Given the evidence, however, this is not a case of tax
    
    or business planning designed to minimize taxes (or achieve some other lawful objective)
    
    with bankruptcy and unfunded tax liability occurring later. Instead, Dalton gave
    
    contradictory testimony that his contribution to the condo purchase price was not a gift,
    
    but was because he had so much property, his wife had so little, and “[s]he wanted
    
    something in her name.” Appellant’s App. at 13. In light of the strong motive for tax
    
    evasion, the bankruptcy judge could also reject Dalton’s testimony that the arrangement
    
    with PPI was solely an effort to give his wife a business opportunity, notwithstanding his
    
    extensive and essential involvement in the technical and regulatory aspects of the
    
    business. Appellee’s App. at 35-37.
    
           “To permit the true nature of a transaction to be disguised by mere formalisms,
    
    which exist solely to alter tax liability would seriously impair the effective administration
    
    of the tax policies of Congress.” Commissioner v. Court Holding Co., 
    324 U.S. 331
    , 334
    
    (1945); cf. Helvering v. Horst, 
    311 U.S. 112
    , 116-17 (1940) (taxpayer who receives no
    
    actual payments for services or interest may not escape taxation by diverting right to
    
    income to family member). Accordingly, the bankruptcy court’s finding that Dalton acted
    
    willfully to conceal his interest in PPI in order to evade or defeat taxes is not clearly
    
    erroneous.
    
           AFFIRMED.
    
    
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Document Info

DocketNumber: 95-4001

Filed Date: 3/12/1996

Precedential Status: Precedential

Modified Date: 12/21/2014

Authorities (24)

Matter of Bruner , 55 F.3d 195 ( 1995 )

Helvering v. Horst , 311 U.S. 112 ( 1940 )

Spies v. United States , 317 U.S. 492 ( 1943 )

Commissioner v. Court Holding Co. , 324 U.S. 331 ( 1945 )

Anderson v. Bessemer City , 470 U.S. 564 ( 1985 )

Kelly v. Robinson , 479 U.S. 36 ( 1986 )

Grogan v. Garner , 498 U.S. 279 ( 1991 )

Holmes v. Securities Investor Protection Corporation , 503 U.S. 258 ( 1992 )

in-re-eugene-dalton-dba-san-miguel-ranches-debtor-eugene-dalton-dba , 733 F.2d 710 ( 1984 )

29 Collier bankr.cas.2d 114, Bankr. L. Rep. P 75,276 in the ... , 996 F.2d 866 ( 1993 )

fed-sec-l-rep-p-97764-bankr-l-rep-p-75448-in-re-investment , 4 F.3d 1556 ( 1993 )

In Re Edward W. Toti, Debtor. Edward W. Toti v. United ... , 24 F.3d 806 ( 1994 )

Mary Goheen v. Yellow Freight Systems , 32 F.3d 1450 ( 1994 )

in-re-bernice-elizabeth-haas-thomas-milton-haas-debtors-thomas-milton , 48 F.3d 1153 ( 1995 )

tyler-murray-by-and-through-his-parents-and-next-friends-john-and-myrna , 51 F.3d 921 ( 1995 )

J. Larry Bradshaw, Plaintiff-Counterclaim v. United States ... , 71 F.3d 1517 ( 1995 )

Matter of Fridrich , 156 B.R. 41 ( 1993 )

In Re Gathwright , 102 B.R. 211 ( 1989 )

In Re Berzon , 145 B.R. 247 ( 1992 )

In Re Peterson , 132 B.R. 68 ( 1991 )

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