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How U.S. Tax Court Reached Its Decision on Michael Jackson’s Right of Publicity

The significance of the U.S. Tax Court decision for celebrities and their estates is clear: Prior to now, as Tax Court Judge Mark V. Holmes noted: “We haven’t had a case directly addressing the taxability of the image and likeness.”

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At nearly 54,000 words — with an abundance of accounting formulas, and numerical charts and graphs — it could be a difficult read for the accounting-issues faint of heart. But the significance of the U.S. Tax Court decision for celebrities and their estates is clear: Prior to now, as Tax Court Judge Mark V. Holmes noted: “We haven’t had a case directly addressing the taxability of the image and likeness.” Estate of Jackson v. Commissioner, 17152-13.

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